Resources for Positive Psychology

Recommended Readings   [See bottom of page for latest updates]

Organizational Development

Olson, J. & Barrett, F., “Inventing the Joint Strike Fighter: Applying Appreciative Inquiry to Collaborative Startups.” OD Practitioner, Vol. 37, 1, 2005, pp 35-41.

Barrett, F.J. & Fry, R.E., (2005).  Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity.

Cameron, K.S., Dutton, J.E. & Quinn, R., Editors. (2003). Positive Organizational Scholarship: Foundations of a New Discipline.

Fry, R., Barrett, F., Seiling, J. & Whitney, D., Editors (2002). Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Transformation: Reports from the Field. Quorum Books.

Pascale, R.T. & Sternin, J. Your Company’s Secret Change Agents. May, 2005, Harvard Business Review. Pp72-81.

 Srivastva, S. & Cooperrider, D., (1999). Appreciative Management and Leadership.

Stavros, J. & Hinrichs, G. (2009). The Thin Book of SOAR: Building Strengths-Based Strategy. Watkins, J. M., &

Mohr, B. J. (2001). Appreciative inquiry, change at the speed of imagination. Pfeiffer.

Watkins, J. M., & Mohr, B. J. (2001). Appreciative inquiry, change at the speed of imagination. Pfeiffer.

Coaching & Individual Development

Ben-Shahar, T. (2007). Happier. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Biswas-Diener. R. (2010) Practicing positive psychology coaching, assessment, activities and strategies for success. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

Buckingham, M. (2011). Standout: The groundbreaking new strengths assessment from the leader of the strengths revolution. Nashville: Thomas-Nelson.

Buckingham, M. (2007). Go put your strengths to work. New York: Free Press.

Buckingham, M. (2011). Standout. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Cameron, K.S. (2008 and Aug. 2012). Positive leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

Hammond, S. A. (1998). The thin book of appreciative inquiry. Thin Book Pub Co.

Hammond, S.A. & Royal, C., Editors (1998). Lessons from the Field: Applying Appreciative Inquiry.

Orem, S., Binkert, J., & Clancy, A. (2007). Appreciative coaching: A positive process for change. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons.

Rath, T. & Conchie, B. (2008). Strengths based leadership: Great leaders, teams, and why people follow. New York: Gallup Press.

Seligman, M.E.P., (2002). Authentic Happiness: Using the New  Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. New York: Free Press.

Seligman, M.E.P., (2011). Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being.  New York: Free Press.

 Great Websites

    Martin Seligman’s site with lots of assessments, research info etc…the VIA Assessment of Character Strengths is located here.
    Great articles on using your strengths and how to increase wellbeing at work.
    Center for Positive Scholarship at the University of Michigan. Lots of articles, research information, teaching tools etc…the Reflected Best Self Exercise is found here.

Greetings to the DFW OD Network!    [06/01/2017]

My name is Lindsay Frazier, and I’m a senior editor at – a research and media organization in Kansas focused extensively on higher education and labor trends in the mental health sciences sector.

We recently updated our Psychology Guidebooks to better help job seekers, professionals, and students understand the changing academic landscapes of mental health and is impact on careers and employment. You can view our guidebooks here:


Key updates to our websites include:
  – A comprehensive look at the growth of online psychology degree options at not-for-profit universities
  – Tips for pursuing your PsyD degree while working
  – A list of top counseling programs for ROI against a student’s degree that are segmented by state
  – Advice for international students interested in continuing their education at a US college