In this episode of the TalentGrow Show, host Halelly Azulay talks with Shannon Polly, MAPP, ACC, a leadership development consultant and an expert on executive presence and positive psychology. The light and funny conversation will give you great insights about why character strengths are important and how to leverage them using Shannon’s new book, Character Strengths Matter. You’ll learn about how Shannon blends her acting background with her depth of research into happiness and wellbeing into her work with organizations like the army and corporations, and her unique ways of teaching people to leverage their strengths and become more productive and organizations more profitable. Shannon shares three great actionable suggestions that can immediately give you results in your performance and happiness, but also information about how you can keep challenging yourself and keep learning from her and others to continue that improvement and keep those great results coming.
What you’ll learn:
• How bringing your strengths to your leadership work is so important and how Shannon has co-edited a new book that will help you do it
• What cool new twist Shannon has added to her book that will help your work on your strengths and improve both your leadership skills and team effectiveness
• Discover how character strengths are actually ubiquitous across cultures and across time (did you know that the same strengths that are most prevalent in the US are actually highest all around the world?)
• Which character strengths are most (and least) prevalent all around the world?
• How can you develop your strengths with the help of Aristotle, Oprah Winfrey, and Mother Theresa?
• Why is acting 'as if' is good for learning?
• What is somatic work and how Shannon taps into it in her coaching work?
• What was the amazing and deeply meaningful work that Shannon did with the U.S. Army to create measurable results in resilience, happiness, and leadership readiness?
• Why the science and research on positive psychology can sway both hardened army sergeants and business people to value and seek more training on it
• Why it all comes down to relationships in business and leadership, and why leaders and organizations need to invest in their people
• What secret homage does Shannon make to me (Halelly) in her book?
• What is the problem with authenticity and how our definition of it is limiting our development
• What's Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development and why should you GO THERE?
• Shannon shares a free strengths challenge that starts on August 17th as well as an upcoming certificate program in applied positive psychology that is in multiple cities and coming to Washington DC in the fall of 2015.
• Get not one but three different takeaway actions you can implement to ratchet up your habits, achieving mastery, and increasing your happiness (it's not what you think!)
• What’s the unexpected indirect connection between doing nice things for others and feeling happy?
Get tons of insights and ideas from this conversation between The TalentGrow Show host, Halelly Azulay, and The Dynamic Communicator, Jill Schiefelbein, for how to improve your workplace communication skills as a leader and team member. Jill shares her own journey from teen motivational speaker to university instructor, to media coach, to keynoting and her current role helping businesses solve problems through dynamic communications. Jill and Halelly discuss ways to build trust, increase credibility, and avoid damaging your credibility unintentionally. Jill describes how you can create commitment on your team by communicating in a way that is supportive, proactive, authentic, genuine, and transparent. She diminishes the fear many leaders have around being vulnerable and sharing credit. Jill also shares the counter-intuitive secret to getting promoted and the key technique she used to teach athletes to prep them for media interviews that can help corporate leaders create team commitment and generate better results. Take a listen!