Kathryn Britton, MAPP '06, former software engineer, is a coach working with professionals to increase well-being, energy, and meaning in their work lives (Theano Coaching LLC). She is also a writing coach, facilitator of writing workshops, and teacher of positive workplace concepts at the University of Maryland. Her own books include Smarts and Stamina on using positive psychology principles to build strong health habits and Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life. Full bio. Kathryn's articles are here.
Welcome to the second episode of PPND TV. This is a companion to the interview of Kathryn Britton that appeared earlier this month. The PPND TV interview series is an experiment inspired by TED talks. We want to bring our readers the crux of positive psychology in brief video interviews of researchers and practitioners.
Today’s guest is Senia Maymin. Senia’s background in a nutshell:
Today’s interviewer is Kathryn Britton.
Key take-aways from Senia (with minute:second marks):
- 0:57 – How Marty Seligman changed her life
- 2:47 – How her thinking grew from favoring self-control and goals to favoring habits. An evolution:
- From Roy Baumeister
- To Locke and Latham’s goal-setting theory
- To Srikumar Rao
- To Wendy Wood
- 7:00 – As an executive coach, the two most powerful positive psychology concepts that she has found to be effective in coaching
- 10:30 – The best parts about PositivePsychologyNews.com
- 13:14 – The FRE concept explored in Profit from the Positive
- 15:02 – In a research study on productivity, would you bet on Ben Franklin or Jerry Seinfeld? Senia and Kathryn discuss, and the answer may surprise you.
We mentioned that this is an experiment. So we know we need to improve the audio quality in future interviews, getting rid of the slight echo. What else would you like us to know about your experience listening? What made it a good experience? What could make it even better? For example, is it too long, too short, just right?
Author’s Note: If you live near San Francisco or in the Bay Area, Senia will be doing a talk at Kepler’s bookstore in Menlo Park on the evening of June 5th. Details HERE.
Maymin, S. (2013). Why flimsy frameworks lead to behavior change for stuck individuals. Ph. D. dissertation.
Greenberg, M. & Maymin, S. (2013). Profit from the Positive: Proven Leadership Strategies to Boost Productivity and Transform Your Business. McGraw Hill.
Rao, S. Are you ready to succeed? Guidelines by Professor Srikumar S. Rao.. Website incuding a video titled, Creativity and personal mastery introduction.
Rao, S. (2005). Are You Ready to Succeed? Unconventional Strategies to Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life. Hyperion.
Wood, W., & Neal, D. T. (2007). A new look at habits and the interface between habits and goals. Psychological Review, 114, 843–863.