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OD Book Discussion CoP - August

  • 12 Aug 2015
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • McLean, VA


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OD Book CoP
Event Title Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life by Shannon Polly
Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life is the third book in the Positive Psychology News (PPND) series, joining Resilience: How to Navigate Life's Curves and Gratitude: How to Appreciate Life's Gifts.  

This new book illustrates each character strength with one or two articles from PPND.  We give 5 actions for building the strength derived from Tayyab Rashid's wonderful list.  We also do something that is a bit unusual.  We include a speech, a monolog from a play, or a poem for people to read out loud to help the character strength come alive in their minds.  There is a brief section explaining why it is valuable to read these speeches out loud, giving a voice to the strength, even embodying it.  The intended audience is the general public, not just positive psychology enthusiasts.

This book has been endorsed by Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman, who says:  

“My friend, Chris Peterson, would have loved this book. It brings to life with personal stories, practical recommendations, wisdom, and humor the dry scholarship that he (with an assist from me) did in the Classification of Strengths and Virtues. Chris was very down-to-earth and I am sure he would have concurred in my enthusiastically recommending this book to everyone who works with character strengths in the real world.”

- Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness & Flourish

“This is what is so stunning about this book:  it’s the best experiential or applied introduction to the psychology of human strengths that I’ve seen.  I learned from this book – by performing it, not just reading it.  This tiny volume has magic in it.”

- Dr. David L. Cooperrider, Case Western Reserve University & The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College

“This is an extraordinary book—extraordinary in that it includes the latest research on character strengths but goes well beyond that.  It provides five practice guidelines applicable to each strength and, importantly, provides examples, monologueues, poems, and speeches that realistically illustrate each strength.  Polly and Britton have provided a tremendous service to the field of positive psychology and positive education by combining scholarship, practice, and illustrations in a way that has not appeared heretofore.  I highly recommend this book.”

- Dr. Kim Cameron, William Russell Kelly Professor of Management & Organizations, University of Michigan, author of Positive Leadership

Facilitator:  Shannon Polly, MAPP
Shannon M. Polly is a consultant, facilitator, speaker, and coach and works in two domain areas:  executive presence and positive psychology. She is the founder of Shannon Polly & Associates, a leadership development company in Washington, D.C. that focuses on helping employees increase well-being and performance in the workplace. Shannon Polly & Associates works with executives, managers and employees and specializes in communication skills, positive psychology, leadership, facilitation, and coaching.
Shannon is one of less than 300 people in the world who have received her Master in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Martin Seligman.  She also holds a B.A. with honors from Yale University. 
Shannon has been an assistant instructor in the MAPP program at the University of Pennsylvania; and has lectured at Columbia Business School, Wharton Business School and West Point.  She is a contributor to the book, Positive Psychology at Work; has conducted appreciative inquiry summits across the country and has been a facilitator for the Master Resiliency Training (MRT) program for the U.S. Army.
Shannon also co-founded the group Positive Business DC to inform and inspire leaders across the Metro DC region to increase well-being, productivity and profitability in the workplace.  She blogs at http://positivebusinessdc.com/blog-3/.
CoP Leader:
Paula Pierce
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Insperity Tysons Corner Office
1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 600
McLean, VA 22102
For directions to the meeting location please contact lauren.schoon@insperity.com

Cancellation policy: Event follows federal Office of Personnel Management policy and decisions.  If federal government is closed, event will be canceled.

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