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Transforming Performance at Work

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Transforming Performance at Work

The Power of Positive Psychology

AUTHOR : By Sarah Alexander Edited by Bob Thomson

ISBN : 9781914171833

Edition No : 1

Publication : May 10, 2023

Extent : 140 pgs

ISBN : 9781914171840

Edition No : 1

Publication : May 10, 2023

Extent : 140 pgs

ISBN : 9781914171857

Edition No : 1

Publication : May 10, 2023

Extent : 140 pgs


A practical look at how positive psychology can transform performance at work, essential for anyone looking to both grow in their professional career and improve their well-being. It is equally appropriate for employees or for managers and leaders looking to increase performance in their teams and departments.

Well-being at work should be more than just helping people feel okay. Positive psychology enables people to be more than okay and actually thrive at work. This book describes highly practical ideas and techniques that can be applied in the workplace at individual, team and organisational levels to increase positivity, boost engagement, develop strong working relationships, build purpose, enable a sense of accomplishment and grow resilience. It is packed with tools and tips to make a difference to your career, teams, organisations and daily working life, and demonstrates how ideas from positive psychology can help transform mindsets and drive the dual aims of performance and positivity.

This book is an essential read for anyone looking to grow in their professional career while also improving their well-being and happiness, and for leaders who want to enable high performance at work but also want their teams to thrive and be happy.

Part of the Business in Mind series.


Chapter 1: Introduction 

Chapter 2: Happy high performer 

Chapter 3: Superpowers 

Chapter 4: People matter 

Chapter 5: Finding meaning 

Chapter 6: Accomplishment 

Chapter 7: Resilience 

Chapter 8: Well-being in action and conclusions 


Sarah Alexanderis an executive and leadership coach, experienced facilitator, trainer, and designs learning programmes for organisations to help develop individuals and teams. She has worked with many individuals who want a successful career but also want to flourish in what they do – feel positive, happy, well, and have purpose.  

Bob Thomson is a Professor at Warwick Business School, an experienced and accredited coach and supervisor of coaching, and a workplace mediator. He collaborated with the University of Warwick Wellbeing Services team to deliver a series of webinars to help line managers support their staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.  He has worked as a volunteer counsellor and as a Samaritan. He is the author of a number of books on coaching and learning from experience.

He was previously Leadership Development Manager at National Grid Transco. Before moving into coaching and management development he worked as an economist for eleven years with British Steel and ICI. Bob has degrees in Maths, in Economics and in Management Learning. He also has Certificates in Counselling, Coaching, Supervision, and Mediation.

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If you want to improve, inspire teams, or coach people, this is the essential resource to help you optimise performance at work using positive psychology. Sarah Alexander guides us through Martin Seligman’s PERMA model, incorporating her own experience with other theory, case examples, tips, exercises and questions to explore. 

It’s a well-researched and extremely practical book, which I’ve already heavily highlighted and scribbled on in readiness for me to refer to for workshops and with clients. Happy people capitalising on their superpowers drives high performance! Read this book to understand why and how!

Suzanna Tan, Executive Coach and Author, Coaching ST

Transforming Performance at Work is highly practical and engaging. For any company or manager struggling with demotivated teams this is a must-read. This is equally true for any professional who wants to be at their best without burning out.

Each chapter provides the invaluable pillars of transforming performance. The captivating way in which it is written makes you remember key points in your day-to-day life after just one read. It is also a great one to revisit, as the examples, the summaries, and the immediately applicable exercises, make it consistently relevant.

Emma Claire Davis

This is a really important book, particularly in these stressful times.  We spend about a third of our time at work and Sarah shows how that time should not simply be lost time, but time that makes a significant contribution to our well-being and sense of self, from which the employing organisation also benefits.  Sarah pulls off a difficult trick in this book in achieving three ends: it makes great sense, is easily read and, most importantly,  is eminently practical.  A 'must read'!   

Myles Downey, Coach to the C-Suite, Author of ‘Effective Modern Coaching’ and ’The Enabling Manager'

Sarah Alexander is on a mission to increase performance by increasing wellbeing. Her passion for the topic shines through on every page. Alexander offers readers 5 wellbeing topics for consideration. For each, she provides a scientific rationale and practical tools.

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, author of Positive Provocation
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