Video Still of Carol Kauffman and Robert Biswas-Diener

2021 Conference: The 3 questions for the 3 waves of Positive Psychology

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2021 Conference: The 3 questions for the 3 waves of Positive Psychology
Video Still of Carol Kauffman and Robert Biswas-Diener

Robert and Carol will look back at his father’s legacy, the man Marty Seligman said was the true father of positive psychology. A brilliant, funny and humble man he launched “Positive Psychology 1.0.” We’ll look at the 3 main lessons he brought to the world. Robert has continued this legacy. Among Robert’s books, The Upside of Your Darkside” and “The Power of Negative Emotion” with its essential role to success and fulfillment, he and Todd Kashdan helped usher in Pos Psych 2.0 with its expanded look at the positive benefits of negative experience. The third wave is emerging as Pos Psych 3.0 brings new questions as we look beyond the individual. What might be network impacts of positive energizers on systems? How could we create positive swarm and ripple effects? How might individuals create positive contagion?

Robert Biswas-Diener is a recognized authority on the application of positive psychology to the coaching endeavor. He retains a small coaching practice and particularly enjoys working with managers, entrepreneurs, and creatives.

Robert’s coaching is energetic, challenging and smart. He particularly enjoys working with mid-life professionals who want to reinvigorate their lives, start a creative project or transition into business ownership. Don’t tell anyone but Robert uses his private coaching practice as a laboratory in which he can try new interventions rooted in the science of positive psychology such as those related to provoking curiosity or boosting personal courage. Robert’s coaching practice typically has a three month waiting list.

Carol Kauffman embodies the IOC goal of bringing science and practice together as seen in her academic and professional practice. She is a leadership coach with over 25 years experience helping leaders raise the bar on their performance and managing their success. She is most interested in high-stakes coaching when the stakes are high, outcomes are uncertain and it can be necessary to intervene quickly.

Dr. Kauffman has extensive coaching experience with over 40,000 hours of client contact.  She works with multi-national organization either on an individual basis or in tandem with large-scale leadership development programs. A sampling of clients includes: Ahold, Astra Zeneca, Baker & McKenzie, BCG, Bombardier, Egon Zehnder, Linklaters, McKinsey, Norton Rose, Tube Lines, Unilever, Vanderbilt University & School of Medicine and Wellington Management Company.


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