First, it’s younger than the Internet. In 1998, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman was elected President of the APA (American Psychological Association). As the leader of this organization, he turned traditional psychology on its ear by urging the field to expand its study of the human mind beyond pathologies to include what makes people grow and flourish.
Unfortunately, most of the findings from positive psychology are not yet readily accessible to the general public. Often the research is published only in academic journals and textbooks, and the practical applications have not been made clear. Furthermore, MBA programs are only just beginning to integrate positive psychology into their curriculum. Consequently few managers have been exposed to the new science and fewer still are able to extrapolate the appropriate applications from the latest research. What’s needed is a translator.
That’s where Margaret Greenberg comes in. For the last six years, after graduating from the very first Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP*) at the University of Pennsylvania under the tutelage of Dr. Seligman,Margaret has been translating relevant research into practical tools her clients can use to better run their businesses.
*Margaret is one of less than 300 people in the world who has a graduate degree in Positive Psychology; and is one of only a handful of consultants who has been applying the science to businesses for over six years.
SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS THE “SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS”
On October 25, 2007 Margaret Greenberg was interviewed on Sirius satellite radio program “Be Happy Dammit!”(channel 114), hosted by Karen Salmansohn. Click here to listen to Margaret and three other alumns from the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Applied Positive Psychology program talk about the research findings from positive psychology that organizations can apply to increase employee engagement and ultimately results. Find out how increasing happiness at work can have profound effects on the bottom-line.
POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY APPLICATIONS ABROAD
During a trip to Italy in May 2007, Margaret Greenberg, had the opportunity to visit an innovative company and interview some of its employees. Her discoveries can be found in the June 2007 edition of Positive Psychology News Daily – “Positive Work Environments: How One Company is Putting Theory into Practice”.
Gallup, who has been studying human strengths for decades, published the highlights of Margaret’s research study (Optimistic Managers and Their Influence on Productivity and Employee Engagement in a Technology Organization) in their Management Journal:
It Pays to Be Optimistic: Exploring the Connection Between Optimism and Business Success – Gallup, August 9, 2007
Optimism, while a nice attribute, isn’t necessarily considered a business asset. Optimistic people are more pleasant to be around than their pessimistic counterparts, and an office full of optimists is a more agreeable place to work than one full of sourpusses. Yet somehow, pessimists have all the street cred. The office cynics are thought to be more realistic, rational, and strategic. Optimists may be sweet, but pessimists, though often sour, are deemed shrewd. Optimistic managers may create a sunnier workgroup, but pessimists will prepare it for the worst. Recent research, however, suggests that pessimistic managers may not only plan for the worst, but invite it. Margaret Greenberg and Dana Arakawa, graduates of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania, studied the effects of optimistic managers and found that optimists may do a better job of helping employees reach goals and be more productive. … [ MORE]
The Business Benefits of Positive Leadership: Finding the Connection Between Productivity & Positive Management Behavior - Gallup, May 10, 2007
The earth circles the sun, gravity makes things fall downward, and germs make you sick. Sure, that’s all obvious now, but it took some very smart people a lot of time and effort to prove it. The same is true of management theories — what seems perfectly obvious today is really just an assumption until someone tests and proves it. That’s why Margaret Greenberg and Dana Arakawa have put the theory of positive leadership to test. … [ MORE ]