Resources for Positive Psychology

Recommended Readings

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

  •  www.authentichappiness.com
    Martin Seligman’s site with lots of assessments, research info etc…the VIA Assessment of Character Strengths is located here.
  •  www.gmj.gallup.com
    Great articles on using your strengths and how to increase wellbeing at work.
  • http://www.centerforpos.org/
    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.