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Margaret Greenberg’s Bio

written by Margaret Greenberg 1 January 2007

Margaret Greenberg, MAPP ’06
, Founder of The Greenberg Group, invested the first fifteen years of her career in Human Resources. Working for one large food retailer and then two financial organizations, she consulted, designed, and facilitated sessions for planning, leadership, and team development. A desire to build something that combined her talents with her values led her down the entrepreneurial path. For sixteen years now, Margaret has been coaching individuals, partnerships, and teams using a strengths-based approach. Some of her clients include Aetna, Allied World, Hanover Insurance Group, Hospital of Central CT, ING, MassMutual, SNL Financial, The MITRE Corporation, Unum, Visa International, Yankee Energy, and Zurich Financial Services. One of Margaret’s specialties is working with executives who are called upon to lead large-scale organizational change.

Margaret is recognized by the International Coaching Federation as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). She was trained in the co-active coaching methodology. She is also a certified Emotional Intelligence Coach. In addition, she is certified in a number of individual, team, and 360 assessments (e.g. – Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument, Hogan’s Leadership Forecast Series, MBTI, PDI’s Profilor 360, & Strengths-Finder 2.0) to help clients discover and leverage their strengths to lead others.

Her academic background in Sociology (BA – University of Hartford) and Positive Psychology, combined with her practical work experience, bring a unique perspective to her coaching. As part of her commitment to life-long learning, Margaret graduated in 2006 with a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania,the first graduate program of its kind to focus on what’s right about people and organizations. Her thesis study, Optimistic Managers and Their Impact on Team Productivity and Employee Engagement, was published in the peer-reviewed journal, International Coaching Psychology Review, and has been downloaded over 5,000 times. She also presented her findings at the International Positive Psychology Summit in DC and other venues. Highlights from her study were also published in two business articles by the Gallup Management Journal: It Pays To Be Optimistic – Exploring the Connections Between Optimism and Business Success and The Business Benefits of Positive Leadership – Finding the Connection Between Productivity and Positive Management Behavior.

Margaret has co-authored a book, Profit from the Positive: Proven Leadership Strategies to Boost Productivity and Transform Your Business (McGraw-Hill, August 2013). Margaret lives in Connecticut with her husband and two pugs. She has two grown daughters.

Margaret’s articles for PositivePsychologyNews.com can be found here and here (with Senia Maymin). She also authored a chapter in the Positive Psychology News book, Character Strengths Matter.

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