Workshop Series on Applying Positive Psychology to Management (Session 2)

  • 15 Jan 2010
  • 18:00 - 21:59
  • Hitotsubashi University ICS, National Center of Sciences, Jimbocho, Floor 6, Rm. 601

Subordinates are like plants: if you get the conditions just right, they will usually flourish. So what are those conditions?  This workshop series will answer this question by drawing on the latest research in positive psychology on engagement, meaning, and resilience. 

In this workshop series, Prof. Tish Robinson, PhD, Hitotsubashi University have joined forces with several positive psychology researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Positive Psychology working with Professor Martin Seligman, to focus on three skill sets necessary for managers to maximize their own and their employees’ effectiveness and satisfaction: 1) Creating meaning through matching employee strengths to the tasks at hand; 2) Engagement; and, 3) Resilience.

Second Session:  Engagement in Teams. 
Engagement is reported to be the Number 1 Challenge facing managers as we recover from the Financial Crisis, as reported by Engaging employees in a way that brings about flow is the most cost effective way of raising productivity. 

Engagement with other colleagues also affects employee satisfaction and productivity.  Research done by Barbara Fredrickson and Marcial Losada, shows that the most effective teams (in terms of customer satisfaction, profitability) were engaged with each other in positive ways.  Ellen Langer’s research found that employees who were warned at the outset to expect mistakes (and incorporate them into their projects) produced more creative and satisfying work than those instructed simply to do their best. 

Other studies show that avoiding time pressure and participating in something beforehand that makes employees relaxed and happy can stimulate creativity and engagement.

For more information and details about this workshop series as well as registration procedure, download the flier here.

Note: Registration to this event should be made directly to Prof. Tish Robinson's email found in the flier/brochure.

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