Shannon Polly and Associates

shannonpolly_imgShannon 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.



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

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Shannon has been coaching for 8 years, is an ICF Associate Certified Coach and received her coaching certification from the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program. She uses tools such as the VIA Character Strengths

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Recent Blogs

February 22, 2016

Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology

Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology- Begins in April in Washington, DC (and cities around North America this winter)  I often get asked about more training from […]
February 22, 2016

Foundations of Well-Being

I wanted to tell you about a yearlong, online program that changed thousands of lives last year—The Foundations of Well-Being. In this guided, step-by-step program, Rick […]
February 22, 2016
Happy At Work

Strengths Challenge

Shhhh! Can you hear it? There’s a revolution taking place in our workplaces, and it’s being led by employees – want to join in? If you’re […]
February 22, 2016

Christopher Peterson Fellowship Fund Drive – to honor James Pawelski

What would it be like to have more MAPP students attend from India?  How many people’s well-being could they affect in a country with the second […]
February 22, 2016
The Marshmallows Test

The Marshmallow Test

Beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Walter Mischel pioneered work illuminating the ability to delay gratification and to exert self-control in the face of […]
February 22, 2016
The 7 Eleven Rule

First Impressions – the 7 Eleven Rule

As the old saying goes: ‘You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression’. According to one university study*, people make eleven decisions about […]


On Positive Business

On Positive Business

A Visual Explanation of Appreciative Inquiry

A Visual Explanation of Appreciative Inquiry

What they have to say about us

  • Beth A.
    Shannon was a wonderful keynote speaker at our Finance team’s Career Enrichment Day.  Before the event, Shannon made connections with key stakeholders and worked diligently to refine her presentation to suit the planning committee’s goals.  (more…)
    Adkins, Beth
    Assistant Controller - BGA & IS at GE Aviation
  • Peter R. Worrell
    It is axiomatic that higher education is going through a very challenging time. Shannon Polly came to the Landing School of Boatbuilding & Design at a pivotal time for the school. The Board of Trustees needed to evaluate strategic alternatives for this small, accredited career oriented college in the marine industry. (more…)
    Peter R. Worrell
    The Landing School, Chairman of the board
  • Lisa Buksbaum
    Over the years I have collaborated with professional coaches and leadership trainers who are talented, intelligent and get results. Shannon Polly is one of the most remarkable professionals I have experienced. Shannon possesses a dazzling array of strengths which she uses to help her clients achieve tangible results. (more…)
    Lisa Honig Buksbaum
    CEO & Founder,
  • Lucy Hone
    Before I met Shannon I had a total phobia of public speaking. She gave me techniques to help me calm my nerves before taking to the stage, precise tips on how a good speaker stands and “performs” on stage, and the support and confidence to make me believe I could do this thing successfully. (more…)
    Lucy Hone
    Human Potential Centre, Aut University, New Zealand
  • Barry Acker
    Shannon developed and facilitated an event for us and was extremely thorough from the planning stages to the execution. It was a challenging environment in that the group she was working with was extremely diverse, from faculty and board members to alumni and members of the industry. (more…)
    Barry Acker
    The Landing School, President
  • Steve Safigan
    Ms. Polly co-facilitated our Appreciative Inquiry summit in order to help us determine our next steps after a layoff of staff. She was prepared and knowledgeable, and did a tremendous amount of organizational work both before and after the summit. (more…)
    Steve Safigan
    Foundations for Tomorrow, President & Director
  • Andrew Chambers
    You know when you guys showed up with 32 people in the room I was thinking ‘How are they ever going to pull this off? People are not happy. They are upset about this change. I don’t know if this is going to work.’ (more…)
    Andrew Chambers
    Northern Lights Canada, Employment Services Coordinator
  • Adrianne Haight

    We are in the process of delivering internal training for those staff who are remaining at NLC and we have made it a focus to remind people of the great strengths that we were able to identify in our workshops with you and Louisa. (more…)

    Adrianne Haight
    Northern Lights Canada, Employment Services Coordinator
  • Angela Lee
    I thought I was going to be working with Shannon merely to strengthen my voice. What happened instead is that Shannon gave me life tools that improved my ability to be heard as a business leader. (more…)
    Angela Lee
    Engagement Manager at McKinsey
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Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life

Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life

“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, father of positive psychology, author of Authentic Happiness and Flourish

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