Positive Organizational Psychology (8 Weeks) (PSY106)
Why are certain individuals, teams and/or organizations simply extraordinary? We aim to answer this question by drawing from the growing theoretical base of positive psychology, positive organizational scholarship and positive organizational behavior. After an overview of positive psychology and its applications to life in general, we examine topics such as psychological capital and its place in employee selection, development and overall performance, positively deviant leadership that guides organizations toward superior performance; positive approaches toward leading change initiatives; strength-based job crafting, and other fascinating theories and designs that are driving cutting edge companies toward a new definition of what it is to be successful.
Although perhaps of most interest to those involved in HR and related areas, this course is also very useful for anyone working in an organization: Leaders, executives, managers, and staff of all types and levels. Also, teachers, coaches and counselors can benefit from the thoughts, theories and applications that will be discussed.
Students who have taken PSY 104 - The Power of Positive Psychology are welcome in this course as well. Though a few of the topics will be a review for you, further and deeper applications specific to the organization will be pursued.
Gary has over 15 years of experience in corporate and marketing communication roles, gained in diverse working environments including Chengdu, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Currently, he works for one of the world's largest global clothing brands, working on corporate communication, executive communications, employee engagement and issues/reputation management.
Gary earned a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne, where his research focused on the relationship between personality and foreign culture and its effect on wellbeing. He has also completed a Masters in Communication at Melbourne's RMIT University, conducting field research on cross-cultural communication challenges faced by multinational consumer brands in Shanghai. He was drawn to positive psychology because he believes our understanding of human and organizational well-being can be improved greatly through the reliable lens of science.
In his spare time, Gary enjoys the art of conversation, snowboarding, studying languages, marathons and street photography.
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