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5.0 out of 5 stars This has the makings of a classic reference text, 12 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Positive Psychology at Work (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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