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5.0 out of 5 stars This has the makings of a classic reference text, 12 Sep 2011
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A. Allan (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Positive Psychology at Work: How Positive Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry Create Inspiring Organizations (Hardcover)
Sarah Lewis brings a depth of knowledge to her new work. A qualified psychologist and experienced consultant, she presents complex information fluently and succinctly and succeeds in her intention of persuading the reader that positive psychology can lead to a new era or organisational understanding and practice.

OD practitioners will be particularly interested in the chapter describing how positive psychology can support authentic leadership and successful change. And HR specialists will find plenty to learn from chapters 3, 4 & 7 which collectively focus on positive communications, decision making and enhancing relationships at work.

Organisational leaders cannot fail to be inspired by those further chapters that identify the principles needed to create positive organisations where sustainable growth becomes possible. Personal anecdotes and brief case studies dispersed throughout the book offer confirmation these principles work in practice.

Lewis herself identifies 5 key themes for her work: organisational change as an ethical and moral act; the power of positivity; the need for whole-system approaches to change; the importance of social capital and the need to see organisations as complex adaptive systems. Each is covered in sufficient depth to offer a wealth of insights without any need to "dumb down" complex ideas. In addition two further themes run through her text - those of mindfulness and the value of ambivalence.

I believe this book will quickly become a classic reference text. In just over 200 pages Lewis has produced a content rich, accessible work that readers will want to revisit regularly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book, 19 Feb 2014
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great product. its just what it says on the tin ,very pleased and amazon delivery first class, have no complaint
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Positive Psychology in the workplace., 27 May 2013
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This review is from: Positive Psychology at Work: How Positive Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry Create Inspiring Organizations (Hardcover)
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Sarah Lewis explores the facets of Positive Psychology that relate to the world of work. This book is extremely well researched and was a key component in my research for my own theory.

The most interesting part of the book for me is the practical applications of appreciative inquiry in different organisations such as the LCES system used in firefighting.
I can thoroughly recommend this to anyone in the world of education and positive psychology. The quirky and entertaining drawings are well placed and entertaining.

@Alastair_Arnott
Positive Failure
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended..., 6 April 2012
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Geof Cox "newdirections.uk.com" (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Positive Psychology at Work: How Positive Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry Create Inspiring Organizations (Hardcover)
In this book, Sarah Lewis has provided us with an extremely readable and informative study of the current findings of positive psychology as applied in business and organisational life. Her writing style is easy and not troubled by the constant referencing that breaks up the flow of many other, similar texts. A number of cartoons also provide some lighter comment on the text, not that it is at all heavy.

She uses stories and case studies from practitioners who represent the leading edge of practice in Europe, whilst not ignoring the developments and experience of North American colleagues. Research from around the world is referenced, but this is a truly European focused text, and is the better for it, as it avoids some of the excesses that emanate from US practice that European business leaders find it difficult to relate to.

Chapters specifically address positive workplaces, positive engagement and performance, positive communication and decision-making, positive leadership and change, positive sustainable growth, positive relationships at work and positive transformation.

I thoroughly recommend it to anyone seeking to build better outcomes and relationships at work.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read and very important, 22 April 2011
This review is from: Positive Psychology at Work: How Positive Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry Create Inspiring Organizations (Hardcover)
It is rare to pick up a organisation development book which in the first few pages makes you smile, want to read more and make you think !!

This is a very important book in these times as it challenges the OD status quo, provides a different way of working and gives support to those people who want organisations to be different.

We shall be recommending it to all our clients

TIM
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