What we're about

In the 'age of disruption' we need to be change-agile, while performing at our best, and we need deep resources of resilience. This group is all about exploring research and practice from the fields of psychology and organisational science that are shaping the future of work.

This meetup (usually the second Tuesday of every other month) is for professionals, leaders and other practitioners interested in managing and leading change, developing resilience and performance - and enabling personal and organisational thriving.

Why this group was formed

The pace of change is accelerating, and yet many people already report feeling overwhelmed, under-valued and burnt out. We need another way.

Research in organisational & psychological science is showing that when we ‘thrive’, that is when we are able to bring the best of ourselves to work, are also at our most adaptable, we perform at our best, and we are at our most resilient and happy.

In addition to having a strong basis in psychological and organisational science, these techniques are being used at organisations like as Google, Apple, Mckinsey and even the US Military to deliver better and more sustainable results.

P.s. if you're interested in knowing more about the background to the techniques, below are some great resources to get you started.

Firstly an introduction to the field of Positive Pyschology* by Dr Martin Seligman:

http://youtu.be/5CpLEOO5oyo

http://www.ted.com/talks/martin_seligman_on_the_state_of_psychology?language=en

An intro to the practice of mindfulness at work: https://hbr.org/2015/12/why-google-target-and-general-mills-are-investing-in-mindfulness

And a quick overview of Positive Organisational Behaviour*: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_organizational_behavior

And a great article on the benefits of positive workplace cultures: https://hbr.org/2015/12/proof-that-positive-work-cultures-are-more-productive

That's just a flavour of course - come along to the meetup or get in touch and I'd be more than happy to discuss more!!

* By the way, where you see the word 'Positive' above (as in 'Positive Psychology' and 'Positive Organisations') think of it as meaning 'Optimal Functioning'... rather than as in 'positive thinking'... the proponents of these fields of research would say: to be at our very best, we have to embrace our whole selves - the so-called 'negative' as well!

Upcoming events (5+)

New Year: New Career Ideas! Exploring empowered career management.

The University of Melbourne

In this session we'll explore ideas from Positive Psychology, agility and innovation management and discuss how they can help create resilient careers fit for the modern age, and what this means for organisations. This session aims to provide useful insights and discussion for those thinking about 'what shall I do next in my career'? as well as professionals providing career coaching to others, or working with organisations on creating the right kind of environment to enrich their people's careers. What we'll cover: I'll share a modified version of the 'Ikigai' exercise I shared at the Spark The Change 2018 conference (Ikigai is a Japanese word encompassing 'reason for being' and 'joy in life'). We'll look at how this relates concepts from innovation management such as the disruption 'S-curve' and how these help point the way to building modern career pathways. We'll also take a look at the shift to employee experience that is shaping how organisations attract and retain people, and what this means for both organisations and prospective employees.

Organisational Agility & Positive Psychology - the future of work?

The University of Melbourne

The world is transforming at a dizzying pace - and we believe that positive psychology holds many of the answers to today's challenges.

Organisational Agility & Positive Psychology - the future of work?

The University of Melbourne

The world is transforming at a dizzying pace - and we believe that positive psychology holds many of the answers to today's challenges.

Organisational Agility & Positive Psychology - the future of work?

The University of Melbourne

The world is transforming at a dizzying pace - and we believe that positive psychology holds many of the answers to today's challenges.

Past Events

Phil Gadzinski: 'the Heart of Agile' - a simple recipe for awesome organisations

Room Q213, Level 2, Melbourne Graduate School of Education,

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