Positive Psychology at Work: How Positive Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry Create Inspiring Organizations

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Positive Psychology at Work brings the fields of positive psychology and appreciative inquiry together for the first time to provide leaders and change agents with a powerful new approach to achieving organizational excellence.
  • Draws together positive psychology and appreciative inquiry in the context of leadership organizational challenges for the first time
  • Presents academically rigorous and referenced material in a jargon-free, accessible manner
  • Arranged with chapters focused on specific organizational challenges to allow readers to quickly find ideas relevant to their unique situation
  • Features short contributions from experienced practitioners of positive psychology and Appreciative Inquiry, and includes case studies from the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA
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About the author

Sarah Lewis is an Associated Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Principal member of the Association of Business Psychologists, and the owner of Appreciating Change, where she works as a facilitator and consultant. She is the lead author of Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management (2007).
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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Mar 16, 2011
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9781119996217
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Leadership
Business & Economics / Management
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