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Products and Services Offered:

In addition to individual coaching, I offer:

Workshops Available: (Workshops are deliverable in person or via teleconferencing. They can be customized for your particular needs, in terms of length of time, or what we cover.)

Positive Psychology: Boosting Your Happiness, Optimism, Resiliency and Results, a 4 Session Telecourse

What Is Positive Psychology All About? Dr. Martin Seligman is known as the Father of Positive Psychology with his books “Learned Optimism” (1990, 1998, 2006), “Authentic Happiness” (2002), “The Optimistic Child” (1995), and others which led to his being selected as the President of the American Psychological Association, and director of the Positive Psychology Network at the University of Pennsylvania. He felt that “The time has finally arrived for a science that seeks to understand positive emotion, build strength and virtue, and provide guideposts for finding what Aristotle called the ‘good life’.”

He says:

“Life inflicts the same setbacks and tragedies on the optimist as on the pessimist, but the optimist weathers them better. As we have seen, the optimist bounces back from defeat, and, with his life somewhat poorer, he picks up and starts again. The pessimist gives up and falls into depression. Because of his resilience, the optimist achieves more at work, at school, and on the playing field. The optimist has better physical health, and may even live longer. Americans want optimists to lead them.  . . . The good news is that pessimists can learn the skills of optimism and permanently improve the quality of their lives.” (Seligman, Learned Optimism, page 207 (2006)

Happiness/Optimism/Resiliency Training

Session I

  • Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the concepts of Mental Models and how they underpin all of these concepts and assessment tools

    • Become familiar with the Authentichappiness.com website and what it has to offer

    • Become familiar with the Authentic Happiness Index online assessment

    • Perform one exercise proven to give an immediate boost to one’s happiness

  • Pre-work: Take AHI, Optional: MP3 of Mental Models or PDF version downloaded from peakeffectiveness.com

  • Introduction to Positive Psychology

  • Mental Models

  • Debrief AHI

  • Homework:  take Optimist Test, write Gratitude Letter

  • Additional Resources: MP3 of Authentic Happiness or PDF version downloaded from peakeffectiveness.com

  • Suggested optional reading: “Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment” by Martin Seligman

Session 2

  • Learning Objectives:

    • Become familiar with the Optimist Test

    • Perform a second exercise proven to boost one’s happiness

  • How do you feel?

  • Assign 3 Good Things exercise

  • Debrief Optimist Test

  • Homework: take RFI

  • Additional Resources: MP3 of Learned Optimism or PDF version downloaded from peakeffectiveness.com

  • Suggested optional reading: “Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life” by Martin Seligman

Session 3

  • Learning Objectives:

    • Become familiar with the Resilience Factor Inventory (RFI)

    • Understand and be able to perform the ABCDE Disputation process

    • Increase your metacognition; your ability to recognize your negative thoughts

  • How do you feel?

  • Debrief RFI, Discuss ABC

  • Homework: continue 3 Good Things, Log your negative feelings, take VIA-IS Strengths Test

  • Additional Resources: MP3 of Increasing Resilience or PDF version downloaded from peakeffectiveness.com

  • Suggested optional reading: “The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdles” by Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte’

Session 4

  • Learning Objectives:

    • Increase skill in performing the ABCDE Disputation process

    • Become familiar with the VIA-IS Strengths Test

    • Understand the importance of building on one’s strengths, perform an exercise proven to improve performance and life satisfaction

    • Connecting the Positive Psychology to the coaching Underlying Principles

  • How’s it going?

  • Further discuss ABCDE Disputation Model

  • Debrief Strengths Test, compare with results of RFI, any additional insights?

  • Homework: pick 3 instances of ABC, build disputes for them, Using Your Strengths in a New Way

  • Suggested optional reading: “Now, Discover Your Strengths” by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton

Dynamic Communication

An understanding of people gives you a tremendous edge in any interaction involving people. This seminar is designed for improving communication with co-workers, customers, employees, bosses, or friends. By observing and understanding people's behavior, you can read their approach to handling problems, people, pace and change, and rules and regulations. Knowing a person’s approach to these areas gives you amazing ability to better communicate and influence the outcomes of the interaction. This informative and synergistic workshop based on the behavioral-based DISC model, and is a powerful process for leadership teams, as well as senior management.

Purpose: The Dynamic Communication seminar is designed to increase your communication effectiveness, decrease tension and stress, and increase understanding of self and others. Relationships will be enhanced in work, business, family, social and recreational situations.

Objectives:

1. Know the history of the universal behavioral language called DISC
2. Know the benefits of applying a behavioral model
3. Understand your own behavioral design
4. Recognize, understand and appreciate others' behavioral designs
5. "People read" all four behavioral factors, High and Low, in minutes
6. Adapt for enhanced communication, understanding, and relationships

Delivery: This is a half-day to one-day seminar, depending on your objectives and number of participants.

Your Attitude Is Showing™

Understanding people's point of view or attitude is to understand what drives and motivates their behavior. Your Attitude Is Showing helps people see what their own point of view is. Six attitudes and values are assessed, based on the Personal Interests, Attitudes and Values assessment. These same six show up as "roles" in every culture know to man. Thus, these six attitudes are fundamental to the human way of being. Which attitude(s) most affect how you see the world and thus react to it? It is very useful to understand the reason behind why people to do what they do.

Purpose: Increase your ability to see another person's point of view as a driver and motivator for their thinking and behavior. Also, understand you own points of view and how they act as filters to understanding other people's views.

Objectives:

  1. Understand each of the six fundamental attitudes and the interaction of each
  2. Know which attitudes drive your life, actions and decisions
  3. Understand others' viewpoints and be able to interact convincingly by seeing the world through their eyes

Delivery: This seminar can be delivered in a half-day or one-day format. It is the most powerful when combined in one day with the behavioral model, DISC, found in the Dynamic Communication seminar. Each participant receives a personalized report on their six attitudes, values, and interests.