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Shannon Polly

 

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First name
Shannon
Last name
Polly
 

Personal information

Bio
Shannon is a leadership development facilitator, speaker and coach. Shannon has taught resilience to over 1500 U.S. Army sergeants and has been an assistant instructor in the MAPP program. She is a contributor to the book, Positive Psychology at Work (Wiley) and the European Handbook of Positive Psychology. She co-authored and co-edited the book Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life. She conducts appreciative inquiry summits all over the country. In addition, Shannon translates her experience as a Yale trained actor to teaching presentation skills and executive presence.


She has a degree from Yale College, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, coaching certification from the Georgetown Leadership Coaching program, and is an International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Coach.


She is also the co-founder of Positive Business DC, a non-profit/meetup in the DC area: www.positivebusinessdc.com. She can be reached at shannon@shannonpolly.com.
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Professional Information

Employer
Shannon Polly and Associates
Job title
Founder
Primary Focus
Leadership Development - Corporate Training and Coaching
Professional Interests
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Business
  • Coaching
  • Consulting
  • Family/Parents
  • Human Resources
  • Humanities
  • Military
  • Wellness coaching
Professional Skills
  • Consulting
  • Entertainment
  • Facilitating groups
  • HR specialist
  • Leadership development
  • Speaking
  • Teaching resilience
  • Writing
Fluent in Languages
  • English
 

Education

Degrees Before MAPP
B.A. with honors at Yale University



Graduate degree at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Certifications
Certificate in Leadership Coaching - Georgetown University



International Coaching Federation Associate Certified Coach
ICF Certification
PCC
 

Social Media

 

Speaking Experience

Interested in Speaking Referrals
Yes
Speaking Topics
What's Right With You? (Strengths Based Managing)

Resilience and Stress Reduction
Experience speaking to large audiences
Yes
 

Publications

Blog logo
Book 1 Cover
Book 1 Title & Link
Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life - http://bit.ly/CharStrengthsBook
Book 2 Cover
Book 2 Title & Link
Positive Psychology at Work: How Positive Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry Create Inspiring Organizations - http://bit.ly/PosPsychWork
Book 3 Cover
Book 3 Title & Link
Positive Psychiatry: A Casebook: https://amzn.to/2QlRs5E
Media: Radio, TV, or podcasts
Journal Articles
Applying Strength and Appreciative Inquiry to Westin Hotels

Polly, S., & McCarthy, J. (2011). Applying Strengths and AI to Westin Hotels. International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry, 13, 1.



http://www.aipractitioner.com/applying-strengths-and-ai-to-westin-hotels



Polly, S. & Bowling, D. Does Happiness Really Drive Results?

Talent Management Magazine, July 2012



http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/mediatec/tm0712/index.php?startid=32#/34/OnePage



Reaching for Cultural Change

This paper describes how Shannon's cohort from the University of Pennsylvania applied appreciative inquiry to a non-profit organization in Australia.



http://repository.upenn.edu/mapp_slp/3/
Capstone title and abstract
Positive Management Training:

Using Positive Psychology to Improve Employee Engagement



Louisa Jewell and Shannon Polly

louisa@whydidyougo.com

spolly@aya.yale.edu



Capstone Project

Master of Applied Positive Psychology

University of Pennsylvania

Advisor: Kim Cameron

August 6, 2009





Abstract



This Capstone project encompasses a four-module training program on the topic of Positive Management. Positive Management Training translates the empirical research of positive psychology into tools and techniques that managers can implement in the workplace in order to improve employee engagement, performance and well-being. We highlight the compelling evidence that improving both employee well-being and engagement results in better business performance for organizations. William Kahn’s three components of employee engagement – psychological meaningfulness, safety and availability – serve as the theoretical framework for the four Positive Management training modules: Positive Communications and Feedback; Managing Challenging Conversations; Strengths-Based Managing; and Optimism and Resilience. Other relevant research used to design the workshops and to explore employee engagement is also discussed. All of the workshops were piloted to ensure their efficacy and to refine the structure. A high level overview of each workshop is included along with the results of the pilot and the evaluations received from the participants. The paper concludes with possible future directions for training modules.
 

Contact data

Province/State
DC
Country
USA
MAPP Geography
  • USA - DC Area
 

MAPP Information

MAPP Year
2009
Board sort key
2009
Class Rep
Yes
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