Summer break is almost over, and The Association’s Learning Center is getting ready to bring you some juicy prodev. We recently checked in with Josh Vaisman, CCFP, MAPPC, who’ll be kicking off our fall webinar season. Vaisman brings more than 20 years of veterinary experience, a master’s in Applied Positive Psychology, and education in Positive Leadership and Positive Organizational Scholarship to his September 2 webinar, “Positive Perseverance: Leading During Crisis.” Read on to find out what to expect during the first of his two-part webinar series.
The Association: Can you share a little about Applied Positive Psychology? What exactly is it, and how can it help us?
Josh Vaisman: Positive psychology is, at its core, the scientific study of human thriving. As a field, we are interested in what factors contribute to individuals, relationships, teams, communities, and organizations moving beyond simply functioning to a state of flourishing where potential, strengths, and “happiness” are maximized. As an applied science, a key focus is on what we call interventions — skills, tools, and practices people can utilize to move toward thriving.
The Association: Are there any ideas to think about or exercises to do ahead of time, in prep for your September 2 webinar?
JV: The work we do in animal welfare is, by its nature, unpredictable and highly variable. In times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, these challenges are only enhanced. Team resilience in the face of adversity can be what differentiates effective teams who achieve positive outcomes from those who wither and stumble.
This session focuses on resilience from a leadership and team perspective. Prior to the session, I encourage attendees to consider, “What does resilience mean to you?” With that thought in mind, think about a team you were a part of that you believe was a resilient team, and ask:
- When did that team show its resilience?
- How did that team show its resilience? What did it do?
- What factors do you believe contributed to it being a resilient team?
The Association: What are three specific next steps we’ll be able to take after attending the webinar? What’ll we know after the webinar that we didn’t know before?
JV: You’ll learn how to lead for resilience by boosting your team in three specific ways — boosting communication, perspective, and people.
After attending this session you’ll have a basic understanding of the science of resilience, the 4 common factors resilient teams seem to share, and the impact leaders can have on a team’s productive response to challenge and uncertainty.
Sign up for Josh’s session here, and we’ll see you there!
Register for Upcoming Webinar, September 2: Positive Perseverance: Leading During Crisis
Register for Upcoming Webinar, September 23: The Practices of Purposeful Leadership
Listen to Webinar Recording: The Road to Resilience