Coaching Toward Happiness - December 2006

In This Issue:

2.  Join Ben in Tel Aviv for the first Positive Psychology Coaching Conference
3.  Upcoming Interview with Bill George, CEO of Medtronic (1991-2001)
4.  Spring Release: Positive Psychology Coaching (Wiley, In Press)

5.  1st Applied Positive Psychology Conference at the University of Warwick

6.  MentorCoach's Centennial (100th!) Training Program--bonus class with Ben on December 18th *


Dear CTH Colleagues,

See below.  2007 will be huge.  In fact, please print this newsletter out (in color if you can) and read about these six upcoming cool events.  Any of them could headline a newsletter issue.

Most personally meaningful?  We began MentorCoach nine years ago with 20 brave souls in MCP 1 (our very first cohort of MentorCoach Program (MCP) students).  We are about to begin MCP 100 -- our Centennial Class.  It's been a great nine years.

Until next year,



1.  North of Neutral: A Positive Psychology Master Class with Chris Peterson, Ph.D.

8 Tuesdays at 12:00 Noon Eastern (5:00 pm UTC/GMT) starting 1/23/07.  Class size will be capped-enrollment is on a first-come, first served basis.

At long last, Chris Peterson, Ph.D. will teach his own positive psychology class: North of Neutral! This course will cover the heart of positive psychology, including its applications and interventions, through lectures, readings, and out-of-class exercises. The class will include both bright professionals who are relatively new to the field and those who have a deeper understanding.

It will reflect Chris' unique vantage point gained from both years of experience, research, writing, teaching, and his constant communication with the world's leading researchers in this field.

The class will also reflect the state-of-the-art in theory and research circa 2007. It will be based on the rich, deep river of knowledge in Chris' new textbook, A Primer in Positive Psychology. And it will be based whenever possible on the latest unpublished research in the field as well.

For complete details and course syllabus of Chris' course, click hereFor the CTH Newsletter on Ben's Top Ten Reasons to love A Primer in Positive Psychology, click here.


2.  Join Ben in Tel Aviv for the first-ever Coaching & Positive Psychology Conference Monday, January 29, 2007 to Wednesday, January 31, 2007.

Please join me at The 2nd International Coaching Conference being held in Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv, Israel.  This is the first international conference ever to focus on both coaching and positive psychology!

Its beautiful title: "Happiness, Optimism, and Excellence: The Link Between Coaching and Positive Psychology."

The 4 keynoters include Harvard's Tal Ben Shahar, Ph.D.;  teacher of the largest positive psychology class in the world, the UK's Nick Bayliss, Ph.D., Terri Levine, Ph.D.; and myself (Ben Dean, Ph.D.).
Featured speakers include Robert Biswas-Diener, MA and many others.

To see the beautiful program go to this link.  To enroll, click this link.


3.  March, 2007 Interview with Bill George, Former CEO: Medtronic

Many in our 131,000-person Coaching Toward Happiness community are passionate about executive coaching.  We long to support leaders who are changing the world.  But what are leaders at the very highest levels like?  And are there great leaders whose approach is consistent with positive psychology?  Are there even some who talk of "loving" their employees?

In March, 2007, we'll begin to find out.  We will be interviewing Bill George, former CEO of Medtronic and co-author with Peter Sims of "True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership," scheduled for a Spring release.

Bill George is a Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, where he is teaching leadership and leadership development.

He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic. Under his leadership in the 11 years from 1991 to 2002, Medtronic's market capitalization grew from $1.1 billion to $60 billion, averaging 35% a year.

He now serves as a director of Goldman Sachs, Novartis, Exxon Mobil, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  He is Chairman of the Global Center for Leadership and Business Ethics.

He is among the very most respected CEOs in America.  For example, he was named Executive-of-the-Year by the Academy of Management (2001) and Director-of-the-Year by NACD (2001-02).  In 2002 he was selected as one of "The 25 Most Influential Business People of the Last 25 Years" by PBS Nightly News.

I met Bill and his co-author, Peter Sims at a Gallup Leadership Conference here in Washington, DC.  He was on a plenary-session, star-panel of four CEOs recognized for their positive, value-driven approaches to leadership and to the positive growth of major organizations.  It was an extraordinary discussion, followed by a smaller presentation.  Peter gave me a copy of the galleys of True North.  I've found it to be a powerful, inspiring book based on personal interviews with 125 CEOs and business leaders known for their integrity and leadership.  I will review it when it is released.  I am virtually certain it will be a major business best seller.

Interview details and dates to come. 


4.  Spring Release!  Positive Psychology Coaching--Putting the Science of Happiness to Work for Your Clients (In Press.  Wiley, 2007).

Positive Psychology Coaching, by Robert Biswas-Diener with Ben Dean, will be released later this spring.  We will be sharing more with you about this book as the release date nears!

5.  1st Applied Positive Psychology Conference at the University of Warwick, UK -- April 18-20, 2007

The 1st Applied Positive Psychology Conference will be held at the University of Warwick, UK, from April 18-20, 2007. The conference theme is "People at their Best: Work, Education and Health."  We will describe this conference in more detail in our future newsletters and will interview P. Alex Linley, Ph.D.  We were proud to have Alex teach our positive psychology coaching class this fall.  He is the founder and driving force behind the Center for Applied Positive Psychology and this conference.



6.  Five MentorCoach Training Programs Launching

MentorCoach's Centennial Training Program!!!

A. MCP 100 ~ Mondays
31 Mondays
12:00 pm - 12:59 pm Easter (New York time)
International Time (UTC/GMT) add five hours more
Start December 11, 2006*

Bonus Class with Ben Dean, Ph.D. on December 18th.
Class begins in earnest on January 8, 2007.

Neera Puri, LCSW, Ph.D., PCC, MCC

* Centennial class.  Our 100th cohort of gifted professionals going together through our 8-month training program.  Neera Puri, Ph.D., a psychologist and senior coach is committed to "making this the best program we have ever had."  We'll all be using every resource we have to make this journey fun, empowering, launching highly successful coaches!  And even though the class is just starting, you can easily join after the fist few classes receiving online tapes of any past classes, seamlessly integrating into the program.

B. MCP 101 ~ Tuesdays
31 Tuesdays
8:00 pm - 8:59 pm Eastern (New York Time)
International Time (UTC/GMT) add five hours MORE
Starts Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Jeff Kaplan, Ph.D., PCC

C. MCP 102 ~ Thursdays
31 Thursdays
11:00 am - 11:59 am Eastern (New York Time)
International Time (UTC/GMT) add five hours MORE
Starts Thursday, January 25, 2007
Ann Marie McKelvey, PCC

For full information.  For a detailed program description.


D. Small Business Coaching Master Class

12 Tuesdays

7:00 pm - 7:59 pm Eastern (New York Time)
Starts Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Anne Durand, MCC


For full information.


E. North of Neutral: A Positive Psychology Master Class

8 Tuesdays

12:00 noon - 12:59 pm Eastern (New York Time)

International Time (UTC/GMT) add five hours MORE

Starts Thursday, January 23, 2007

Class will fill quickly.  Enrollment is first-come, first served.

Chris Peterson, Ph.D.


For full information.


Upcoming Speaking Engagements


January 29-31, 2007.  2nd Annual International Coaching Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel.  Ben will be delivering two keynotes and three workshops.


February and March 2007.  Ben will lead workshops on coaching and positive psychology in Dallas, Austin, St. Louis, and Detroit.



About Ben Dean

Ben is Editor of Coaching Toward Happiness.  He is a coach, and the Founder of MentorCoach®, a coach training school at the intersection of coaching and the new science of Positive Psychology. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and has been coaching since 1981. From 2003-2005, he partnered with Martin E. P. Seligman to deliver positive psychology training to professionals from 19 nations in the Authentic Happiness Coaching Program.  Originally from Texas, he lives in suburban Maryland with his wife Janice, a musician and pastoral counselor and their two children.



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