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The latest research in psychology and neuroscience is revealing the power of how positive emotions and employees’ strengths can be unleashed to stimulate better performance, higher levels of productivity and full engagement. This is what our Positive Management training program gives you – practical, simple tools based in empirical research that can transform your work environment into one that drives performance and improves well-being.

All consultants with the firm specializing in positive psychology have been trained by the father of positive psychology, Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman. Change management consultants at Shannon Polly and Associates who utilize Appreciative Inquiry have been trained by Dr. David Cooperrider. Read More…


Shannon Polly and Associates provides one-on-one coaching in person and via telephone or Skype/WebEx. We serve clients from all domain areas and from all over the world. Areas of expertise include: executive presence, presentation skills, and managing performance anxiety. All consultants use exercises from the world of the theater and a specialty area called the Alexander Technique. In addition, consultants’ career and leadership coaching involves using the techniques and research from the science of positive psychology. Read More…


En*theos: International Day of Happiness

Speaker – Shannon Polly, MAPP

picShannon Polly and Associates is a boutique leadership development firm that provides consulting, training, facilitation, speaking and coaching services across North America and the globe. We deliver workshops and one-on-one coaching. Our expertise is in how the science of positive psychology can create flourishing individuals and organizations; and using experiential training to teach presentation skills and executive presence. Shannon Polly and Associates also provides change management and strategic planning consulting using the principals of Appreciative Inquiry. Shannon Polly and Associates’ mission is to increase productivity and profitability of individuals and organizations by increasing well-being.

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Hacking Creativity: Curiosity and Mindfulness for 21st Century Leadership

Shannon Polly, MAPP

Shannon Polly, MAPP

Students at the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology program designed a webinar series exclusively for Positive Business DC.

It’s a common myth that you either have ‘executive presence’ – that essence that helps you to command a room – or you don’t. – See more at: http://positivebusinessdc.com/upcoming-events/#sthash.zBXDRf7y.dpuf
It’s a common myth that you either have ‘executive presence’ – that essence that helps you to command a room – or you don’t. – See more at: http://positivebusinessdc.com/upcoming-events/#sthash.zBXDRf7y.dpuf

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What is positive psychology?

Positive psychology is a recent branch of psychology whose purpose was summed up in 1998 by Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman (then President of the American Psychological Association) and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (author of the book, Flow)  “We believe that a psychology of positive human functioning will arise, which achieves a scientific understanding and effective interventions to build thriving individuals, families, and communities.” Positive psychologists seek “to find and nurture genius and talent” and “to make normal life more fulfilling”, rather than merely treating mental illness. Positive psychology is primarily concerned with using the psychological theory, research and intervention techniques to understand the positive, adaptive, creative and emotionally fulfilling aspects of human behavior.

Where is Positive Psychology taught?

In the United States, only the University of Pennsylvania has a terminal master’s program in positive psychology.  The course graduated its first students in 2006.  Claremont University in California has a PhD program in positive psychology.  In addition, there are other MAPP (Master of Applied Positive Psychology) programs beginning around the world.  There are also some undergraduate courses being taught all over the U.S.  The most famous being the course at Harvard which was taught by Tal Ben Shahar.


Shannon is featured in this video about the MAPP program at PENN.”

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