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Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching: Assessment, Activities and Strategies for Success [Paperback]

Robert Biswas-Diener
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August 18, 2010 0470536764 978-0470536766 1
Discover proven strategies for applying positive psychology within your coaching practice

Written by Robert Biswas-Diener, a respected researcher, psychologist, life and organizational coach, and expert in positive psychology, Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching presents a wide range of practical interventions and tools you can put to use right away in your coaching practice.

Each intervention is clearly outlined and, where appropriate, illustrated by case studies from organizational and life coaching. Providing unique assessments that can be used to evaluate client resources and goals, this practical guide introduces tools unique to this book that every professional can use in their practice, including:

  • Findings from new research on goal commitment strategies, motivation, growth-mindset theory, and goal revision
  • A decision tree for working specifically with Snyder's Hope Theory in the coaching context
  • An easy-to-use assessment of "positive diagnosis," which measures client strengths, values, positive orientation toward the future, and satisfaction
  • Measures of self-esteem, optimism, happiness, personal strengths, motivation, and creativity
  • Guidance for leading clients through organizational and common life transitions including layoffs, leadership changes, university graduation, middle age, and retirement
Filled with reflective exercises for use in your own personal and professional development, Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching also includes guidance and recommendations for marketing a positive psychology coaching practice.


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Discover proven strategies for applyingpositive psychology within your coaching practice

Written by Robert Biswas-Diener, a respected researcher, psychologist, life and organizational coach, and expert in positive psychology, Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching presents a wide range of practical interventions and tools you can put to use right away in your coaching practice.

Each intervention is clearly outlined and, where appropriate, illustrated by case studies from organizational and life coaching. Providing unique assessments that can be used to evaluate client resources and goals, this practical guide introduces tools unique to this book that every professional can use in their practice, including:

  • Findings from new research on goal commitment strategies, motivation, growth-mindset theory, and goal revision

  • A decision tree for working specifically with Snyder's Hope Theory in the coaching context

  • An easy-to-use assessment of "positive diagnosis," which measures client strengths, values, positive orientation toward the future, and satisfaction

  • Measures of self-esteem, optimism, happiness, personal strengths, motivation, and creativity

  • Guidance for leading clients through organizational and common life transitions including layoffs, leadership changes, university graduation, middle age, and retirement

Filled with reflective exercises for use in your own personal and professional development, Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching also includes guidance and recommendations for marketing a positive psychology coaching practice.

About the Author

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is known as the "Indiana Jones of positive psychology," becuase his studies on strengths and happiness have taken him to such far-flung destinations as Greenland, Spain, Kenya, Israel, and India. He is the coauthor, with Ben Dean, of Positive Psychology Coaching: Putting the Science of Happiness to Work for Your Clients (published by Wiley) and, with his father, Ed Diener, of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth, (published by Wiley-Blackwell). In 2005 Dr. Biswas-Diener founded Positive Psychology Services, LLC, a training and coaching consultancy. He and his colleagues train thousands of professionals in approximately 15 countries annually.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470536764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470536766
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is widely known as the Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology because his research on happiness has taken him to such far flung places as Greenland, India and Kenya. He is the managing director of Positive Acorn. He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Happiness Studies and Journal of Positive Psychology a part-time instructor at Portland State University and. Robert is a Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) and has worked with clients on four continents. Robert is author of The Courage Quotient (2012), Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching (2010), Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth (2008). He is also co-founder of the charitable mission The Strengths Project.

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
yes, I am biased but you won't find me writing reviews for every person who is my colleague and friend in the field of psychology. I promote what I am comfortable standing behind (and what I actually read and enjoy). Biswas-Diener's first book on the topic was an overview of the science of positive psychology. This follow-up emphasizes practical applications that can be used in coaching, therapy, consulting, and education. The chapters include unfamiliar territory. In sections on strengths, positivity, and hope (topics we are used to seeing), Robert provides new insights such as a killer overview of the relationship of strengths and weaknesses, as well as specific practical ideas that you can adopt instantaneously. Unusual topics include positive diagnosis, in which Robert presents brand new ideas on multi-axial diagnosis in the context of appreciating positive situations and personal attributes. There is also a chapter on positive assessments reprinted in full--ranging from meaning in life to curiosity, along with specific suggestions for how to use these, including open-ended questions that can be used to debrief clients. One of the best features of this book, and one of the reasons I collaborate with him so often, is that the guy simply knows how to write (unlike the vast majority of scientists or coaches). He veers away from an academic tone (jargon, abstract and nebulous concepts) and the book is filled with playful and emotionally provocative personal anecdotes--choosing sports teams in grade school, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, etc. Having seen him speak, he is the master of storytelling. I highly recommend this book. If you don't like it, its you not the book. seriously.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome resource December 6, 2010
Format:Paperback
As a certified and credentialed coach, I found that this book 'hits the mark' in a few important ways:

1. The activities and assessments are presented in a clear, straight-forward manner, making them easy to implement in every-day coaching discussions with clients.
2. It's all grounded in scientific evidence, with extensive end notes, as well as "further reading" at the end of each chapter. This is NOT some woo-woo self-help book: it's got solid references and I LOVE that.
3. The book is written in an easy-to-read, conversational style, with loads of interesting examples and fascinating stories. If you're looking for a dry, laborious read, you'll have to look somewhere else.

That the author is both a psychologist AND a trained coach makes the book truly great: he understands the kinds of discussions we have with our clients, and so his suggestions make sense (i.e. they are not hypothetical practices).

I am a big fan of Robert Biswas-Diener (I loved his first book, too). I only wish I had found his stuff sooner.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book for anyone who is a coach and uses Positive Psychology in their work with clients or would like to begin.

Robert's writing is very succinct and easy to read. He gets to the point without making the topic too big and scary, but easy to implement. He writes in a manner that is very easy to digest and have fun at the same time.

The book is set up in a format that is easy to follow so you can find what you are looking for with ease.

Whether you are a seasoned coach or just beginning this book is one you must have on your shelve. You will find yourself going back to it over and over.

Great Job Robert!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology Earns His Title December 23, 2010
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Treat yourself to this excitingly book NOW! Todd Kashdan, Caroline Miller, and other positive psychology major scientist players hit a home run describing Robert's engaging new book. It is a coaches' dream resource encyclopedia! Dynamic, pithy, and jam-packed with scientifically well-researched, creative, but most of all, quick and easily applicable surveys for human potential explorers and practitioners. Robert's courageously candid honesty is a treat. His gutsy, yet friendly, down-to-earth writing style invites you to sit down a spell and savor his wisdom, self-exploration, and novel approaches to defining and fine-tuning what positive psychology is and isn't. Get ready to give your scanner or xerox some action, as his surveys are ones you will use with every coaching client, not to mention yourself. I did them all and had a few eyebrow-raising moments of self-discovery! His sections on values, positive diagnosis, midlife, and his practical tips for reappraisal and re-framing were particularly enlightening. As if all that wasn't enough, at the end of the book, Robert adds a brilliant bonus, a continuing education test that can score practitioners 3 continuing education credits.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and very motivating! March 31, 2013
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My story with this book involved quite heavy over payment, because of taxes and delivery choices, which are not relevant to the story, but are quite relevant to my expectations from the book. This book cost me almost $100, so it better be good, I thought, setting too high expectations. Even within this scenario, the author managed to deliver above expectations.

Very enjoyable writing style - detailed and explanatory, but not heavy, plenty of personal examples and stories in each chapter, and lots of practical exercises, tools, and references. These are some of the excellent qualities of this book. The author is a scientist and he manages to combine the science implications along with useful advise and coaching instruments.

I am very pleased with my purchase and I definitely recommend this book to all personal coaches who are looking for structure, practicality, and real-life examples, approaches, and tools.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to positive psychology and coaching
If you're interested in becoming an evidence-based coach, this textbook can be highly helpful. It's written with the newer coach in mind.
Published 21 days ago by Julia
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive Psychology Rocks and so does Robert Biswas-Diener's book
Cool book for coaches - even if you haven't got a degree in Positive Psychology. The tools are solid, the education into the science is good and very worthy of being on everyone in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anjali
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on coaching!
I think I have read every book on coaching. Unfortunately, most books are not very good. They are filled with generalities and I get the feeling that the authors are writing their... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gary Adams
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs an Editor
At many points this book seemed simplistic, repetitive, and wordy. It would have been handy when I was teaching English Composition for an exercise. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Aka3
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful on many different levels
Very helpful content with a strong focus on strengths identification. The information was helpful not only from a coaching perspective, but useful for me, as a therapist.
Published 8 months ago by Rebecca
4.0 out of 5 stars Usefull
Adds well being perspective for clients, beyond focusing on problems and solutions. Well organized, easy reading, good reference, I liked it
Published 10 months ago by Marco Way Shuan Ho
1.0 out of 5 stars Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching - Not for the well informed
The book, "Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching..." is Psych.101. It was very disappointing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by SElizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Very good and helpful in evaluation and direction both for self and others. Thank you Robert That is about all I have to say
Published 12 months ago by aloha
3.0 out of 5 stars Possible resource
Although a bit on the shallow side, the book does have some interesting assessment that can be modified to fit various situations
Published 14 months ago by Ameads
5.0 out of 5 stars A very practical read
very easy to read and apply the "strategies". Useful in my practice. A different twist than therapy. Coaching is in the future if not now already.
Published 14 months ago by Helene Pine
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