Positive Psychology At Work by Sarah Lewis

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A comprehensive guide to applying positive psychology to the workplace

One of the first texts to bring together positive psychology and appreciative inquiry in the context of leadership organizational challenges

Arranged with chapters focused on specific organizational challenges to allow readers to quickly find ideas relevant to their unique situation

Features short contributions from experienced practitioners of positive psychology and Appreciative Inquiry, and includes case studies from around the world

Highlight Contents of Positive Psychology at Work

  • A thorough explanation of what positive psychology is and isn’t
  • The ethical basis for positive organisational development practice
  • An account of the organization as a complex adaptive system
  • An account of the key research in positive psychology relevant to workplaces such as engagement and performance, communication and decision-making, leadership and change, sustainable organisational growth, relationship at work, and organisational transformation
  • Explanations of fundamental positive psychology research areas such as strengths, positivity, flourishing organisations, authentic leadership, psychological capital, resilience, neuropsychology, social capital, relationships, engagement at work, sense-making, high performance, flow and more
  • An explanation of Psychopathic leaders and how they rise to the top in organisations
  • Cartoons!
  • Many examples of practice contributed by many different international colleagues
  • Stories to illustrate concepts
  • Illustrative diagrams and short notes

Positive Psychology at Work is Recommended

This book is highly recommended to those who

  • Are interested in how to apply positive psychology to the workplace
  • Like research quoted to be properly referenced
  • Are interested in practical examples
  • Are interested in examples of application from different parts of the world and different work contexts
  • Likes academically rigorous and referenced material presented in a jargon–free, accessible manner

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Reviews of Positive Psychology at Work

Overall, I would recommend this book to postgraduate researchers, consultants and senior managers who are serious about wanting to invest the time to learn more about the use of positive psychology and appreciate inquiry to improve organisations. - The Psychologist

I believe this book will quickly become a classic reference text. In just over 200 pages Lewis has produced a content rich, accessible work that readers will want to revisit regularly. And I’ve no doubt they will be pleasantly surprised at how much fresh information they glean each time they do. - People Management

For these reasons, Lewis’s timely and accessible book will be useful to business leaders and introductory audiences interested less in the science behind positive psychology and appreciative inquiry than in its ready application to the organizational setting. - PsycCRITIQUES

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