As part of my marketing strategy to promote my copywriting, editing and social media business, I spend some of my time networking. As a result, I have met some wonderful people working in all sorts of businesses. With my innate interest in “all things business” I invited Dean Weller, a Positive Psychologist, to tell me his business story. Here it is…
If you work in human resources or training, you will undoubtedly have heard about ‘Positive Psychology’, but how can you make it work for you, your teams and your business? Dean Weller is an experienced Leadership Coach and Talent Consultant – and he is passionate about Applied Positive Psychology and its power when applied at senior level within business.
To understand positive psychology, you need to know about Dean Weller; the two are inextricably linked.
Tell us about Dean & positive psychology
Dean is one of a select few who are studying at Master’s Degree level in Applied Positive Psychology. He is currently studying for an MSc MAPP at Buckinghamshire New University, one of just approximately ten universities worldwide offering this qualification. His dissertation is a study of courage and leadership versus vulnerability and fear. Within the world of positive psychology, this study is at the cutting edge of research.
His background is in recruitment, career coaching and learning and development. He provides positive organisational development through leadership coaching, training and talent management consultancy to senior level employees in the NHS and corporate sectors.
The secret to Dean’s success with applied positive psychology and its application within the workplace is in his style and approach. When he is coaching, his body language is relaxed and open, and his style is thought-provoking, perceptive, insightful, focused and dynamic. He listens to the “expert in the room” and, without any agenda, he gives them the freedom to express any problems they might be grappling with.
Very quickly, Dean gets to the root of the problem. He offers practical solutions based on sound positive psychology combined with best practices from HR, strengths coaching, career management and bucket loads of experience!
These techniques can be applied to develop signature strengths, to create strategies for balancing financial, operational and customer objectives, whilst managing the increasing demands on management’s time.
What is Positive Psychology?
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. They want to cultivate what is best within them and to enhance their experiences of love, work and play.
Within a business context, positive psychology is about identifying and developing the enablers, motivators and conditions in which individuals, teams and organisations thrive. It has been said that an organisation’s greatest assets are its people’s strengths. But these assets are often not understood or are under-developed. By increasing awareness through coaching, training or team away-days you can tap into the best of performance in both the short and long-term.
Who has Dean used applied positive psychology to help?
Dean has worked with over 400 managers, leaders, directors and executives in the NHS and technology sectors since 2010 in a variety of areas:
- leadership coaching and development
- strengths assessment and recruitment
- career planning, outplacement and executive search
- management and HR training
- organisation development using appreciative enquiry
- talent management strategies
- assessment centres and team development day
With each person Dean coaches, he helps them work through and develop personal resilience in order to balance the demands on their time and other conflicting objectives, which is typically customers versus staff versus money. He gives them a window to step back from the edge and survey the landscape. He helps them to develop an elegant balance between service, staff and financial objectives.
Dean explained that we spend a lot of our time on autopilot; we react rather than respond. He provides the punctuation, the pauses to respond and to vary behaviour patterns. Trusting in applied positive psychology as a process, Dean brings ideas to life by externalising them through candid and positive conversation.
Dean and chemistry
What makes Dean different is that, whilst it is recognised that his clients have heavy demands on their time, they queue up for more sessions.
Reading through Dean’s testimonials both on his website and his LinkedIn profile, his clients talk about his empathy, his understanding and his friendly demeanour. They talk about the feedback being 100% positive, enhanced working environments and lives being changed. Dean is professional throughout the process, but it is the chemistry between himself and the expert in the room that sets him and his use of applied positive psychology apart; this is the reason why senior management free up their diaries for additional development sessions with him.
If you would like to know more about Dean Weller or the science of Positive Psychology, please feel free to call him on 0118 329 0162 for an informal chat. Dean also has a YouTube channel which includes an introduction video.