The scientific bases of positive psychology
Current models of organizations are no longer adapted to the realities of the 21st century, especially if one believes in the growing number of cases of depression, suicide, higher absenteeism, burnout and constant increase of presenteeism. Positran is oriented towards the development of "positive business' performance both socially and economically. This new paradigm goes beyond stress reduction or social responsibility of the company. The goal is to go straight to the heart of the well-being potential in organizations in order to allow them to evolve from a "survival" functional perspective to one that values "fulfillment". In this type of organization, employees are not motivated by fear but by a unified view of their business; employees will see money as a reward for a job well done and not as a goal in itself and feel their work as a calling. Positran specializes in identifying and creating exceptional working conditions and harmonious cooperation in order to enable a better quality of life at work and better results for the employer, employees, customers, business and society as a whole. Positran achieves these goals through a variety of targeted training courses for executives, middle managers, consultants and coaches.
As for our educational systems, they are still often obsolete, with schools that do not teach the skills that enable children and youth to thrive in the complex world that awaits them. Positive education aims to develop skills such as well-being, self-confidence, resilience and optimal functioning in children, teenagers and students, parents and schools. In doing so it adopts the functionalities of prevention and empowerment (or development). Positive education is supported by the principles and methods of empirical validation, which differentiates psychological science from self-help initiatives. Positran offers practical training programs based on scientific evidence on well-being and resiliency for high schools, including among other practices: "train the trainer".
Watch Dr. Ilona Boniwell talk about positive education at a TEDx conference http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Educating-For-Happiness-and-Res: http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Educating-For-Happiness-and-Res
Focus on the positive
These past 15 years have seen the development of research in the fields of positive psychology, welfare economics, quality of life, neuroscience, research on positive organization and positive organizational behavior. Now we can reliably measure happiness and other aspects of development, and identify the causes and consequences. Studies have shown that happy people are successful in many areas of their lives, including marriage, relationships, health, longevity, income and job performance. They are more creative and have a greater capacity of multitasking; they can overcome boring tasks, are more reliable, helpful and sociable. These people are able to identify, develop and use their strengths and are more likely to become successful in life; with strong personalities and a highly developed self-discipline, they are also much more likely to succeed academically as people with high IQs. Globally, GDP and other indicators of financial development are increasingly accompanied by non-financial indicators of well-being and quality of life, such as GNH (Gross National Happiness / Gross National Happiness). Thus, the United Nations resolution 65/309 recognizes happiness as a fundamental human goal and a holistic development objective.
Transformation and deliberate change
Most of us dream to change something, but we mustn't be naive about the realities of the transformation. Deliberate and lasting change is a mysterious creature that does not like to be trapped. The economic models of human behavior have long been based on the assumption that people behave rationally and do not change their behavior unless they have good reason to do so. However, a large body of research over the last 30 years has shown that this is not the case. So the assumptions of our offer are:
- There is no quick fix
- Deliberate change is possible, but not easy
- Change follows a roadmap
- Scientific information can be useful in understanding the best critical drivers of change
- Change agents must work on both systemic and individual levels, but how?
Based on state of the art research in the field of positive psychology, Positran offers training in various formats including mini introductory sessions and conferences, midi workshops and maxi programs spanning a period of up up to two years.
Positran is led by Dr. Ilona Boniwell, one of the most renowned professionals in the field of positive psychology, with years of experience in research, teaching and training in this domain.
Among our clients are L'Oreal, Bull, Sanofi, Mars, Alpro Soya, Norgine, MindGym, The Young Foundation, NEF, Harrow Police, national governments (UK and Bhutan), universities, schools and local authorities.