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Transcript of Mentor Well
Laura Gail Lunsford, PhD
University of Arizona South
1. Think of a colleague with whom you enjoy working. Think of how you feel when you interact with this person.
What three adjectives/phrases best describe how the person made you feel?
High Quality Mentoring.
2. Positive Psychology & Coaching
3. Using Positive Psychology in Mentoring
4. Try it out
Our Aspiration & Overview
We aim to help you integrate evidence-based techniques from positive psychology to promote high quality mentoring relationships, for yourself and for others.
High Quality Relationships have....
- withstands difficult interactions.
- can handle a range of emotions (positive & negative).
- exposes individuals to new ideas.
Mentor: Professor of Engineering
Protégé: Undergrad in senior year.
Job search not going well.
Poor phone conversation with the Human Resource representative at top choice company.
Protégé feeling defeated about job search and wishes to lower expectations...encounters Dr Mentor.
Resiliency & Optimism
A - Adversity
B - Beliefs
C - Consequences
D - Disputing
E - Energization
Mentor: Manager of a Department
Protégé: 2nd Year in company, another department, signed up for mentoring program.
Strengths based approach (both mentor and protégé could share)
1. Share 'high-point' moment from last 6-12 months when you felt engaged or challenged at work.
2. If we talked to three people who knew you well what three best qualities might they tell me you have?
3. How often do you use your strengths at work?
4. How might you plan to do so more in the coming year?
What activities or goals might this suggest?
Appreciative Inquiry (Cooperrider & Whitney, 2005)
Start of relationship, imagining goals, describing the best outcomes.
: Positive emotion
A technique that endorses reflective investigation and positive conclusions.
Concepts from Positive Psychology for Mentoring
Reframing - Resilience (Seligman, 2002).
Appreciative Inquiry (Cooperrider & Whitney, 2005).
Broaden & Build (Frederikson, 2001)
Positive emotion - > increase behavioral options
Flow (Csikszentmihalyi, 1991)
Optimal experience, lose sense of time, full engagement.
Challenging activities that use your skills
SOAR model (Gordon,2012)
Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results
PsyCap (Luthans, Avolio, Avey, & Norman, 2007)
Focus on building characteristics such as efficacy, hope, optimism, and resilience.
"We aren't there yet?
You've got to be joking."
Photo Credit: Mary Umstead
Meteor Crater, Arizona
"What's ahead?" Headed north to Winslow, AZ
Kaibab Trail to the Colorado River
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1. Definitions: Positive Psychology & High Quality Mentoring.
2. Review: Coaching + Psychology
3. New: Mentoring + Psychology
2. Imagine a time when a colleague or friend helped you through a challenging time.
What three adjectives/phrases would you use to describe what he or she did for you?
Positive Psychology =
P- Positive Emotion
(Dutton & Heaphy, 2003)
Coaching & Positive Psychology
Sports (Gordon, 2012)
Crickett - Used
to Set Personal & Team Goals
Financial Advisors - Leadership Coaching Increased:
Openness, Self Awareness, Increased Emotional Awareness
Try out one technique.
Pick a partner.
Worksheet is a reference for you.