Tuesday, August 22 2017
8:30am - 4:30pm

Happiness Advantage/Orange Frog: Leading Positive Results

Based on the works of Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work; Leading Positive Results provides a sustainable approach to enhancing productivity at the individual, team, and organization level.

Applying the latest research-based techniques from the field of positive psychology, individuals will learn the practices of resilient leaders; they will become more adaptable and develop a capacity to "see" more opportunities, leading to better results. The Workshop teaches the seven core principles of the science of happiness from The Happiness Advantage. These principles were brought to life in Harvard's famed happiness course and now to companies worldwide. These principles provide a springboard for people at the individual, team and organization levels; showing people clearly how to infuse positive practices into their personal habits, team work routines, and the organization's culture.

The Magic of the Parable
Caught between two worlds, Spark was exactly like every other frog in his pond with one notable exception. Spark emerges from a tadpole with a slight but noticeable orange spot. And this orange spot makes Spark feel uncomfortably different. What's more, Spark begins to make a disconcerting observation; when Spark does things that make him feel better (and produce more positive results) the orange spots increase. Spark is left with a difficult decision; be normal, which makes him less conspicuous, or continue doing those things that make him happier, more productive and more orange.

So begins the parable of The Orange Frog, a disarming tale that serves as the starting point for The Happiness Advantage | Orange Frog Workshop. By the end of the story, readers see and feel pressures they recognize in their day-to-day lives. They also witness the most remarkable transformation that takes place when Spark finally chooses to adopt an orange way of life. Not only does his own personal satisfaction and productivity increase, these same results slowly start to ripple out to the other frogs in the pond.

The Orange Frog was written specifically to support this workshop. We know that stories have been used throughout history to carry forward our most important lessons - and there is a reason - they work. Parables in particular are effective because they force the brain to dual process each idea making it stick in our brain and also allowing us to enjoy the learning process - while withholding judgment.
Orange Frog Introduction by Shawn Achor: youtu.be/ZxtB5BpQUgE
Who Is Spark - by Shawn Achor: youtu.be/PhgisK_G1LA

Using this story as a backdrop, participants explore their own workplace and identify similar pressures, similar characters and similar threats. They are then challenged to develop habits and strategies to resolve these pressures, allowing them to follow Spark's journey and develop strategies to ripple positive results throughout their teams and departments.

Primary Workshop Objectives:
Increased Individual Positivity (Self Leadership):
-Begin a personal transformation towards a more positive mindset and more productive and adaptable work life.
Sustained Team Happiness and Adaptability (Team Leadership):
-Make happiness an integral part of the work environment by embedding specific practices into existing work routines.
Increased Happiness and Engagement across the Organization (Culture Shaping)
-Promote happiness and engagement by learning to identify and amplify critical social scripts and connect positive engagement to positive business results.

To Register:
This workshop requires pre-work in the form of watching videos, completing surveys, and reading a copy of the parable The Orange Frog which will be sent to the participants ahead of the workshop. Therefore, it is important that participants be committed to the experience.

Please register no later than August 1, 2017. A limited number of seats have been reserved for staff from non-SOMD libraries; space is limited. Please select one of the two available sessions:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 8:30-4:30
Calvert, Charles, & St Mary's please contact the regional library directly; all others may register via tinyurl.com/y9pfzhfs
or
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 8:30-4:30
Calvert, Charles, & St Mary's please contact the regional library directly; all others may register via tinyurl.com/ybhtord6

There will be a 30 minute lunch break with sandwiches and salad provided by SMRLA.

Funding for this workshop has been provided through an Innovation Grant from the Maryland State Library agency and funds from the Southern Maryland Regional Library.


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