The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement Learning Center
09/23/20 The Practices of Purposeful Leadership
Recorded On: 09/23/2020
The experience of meaningfulness is a critical ingredient to thriving at work. While animal welfare work is naturally imbued with a sense of meaning, especially in times of crisis, we often lose sight of it or fail to enable it. Research finds those who work for purposeful leaders – leaders who routinely enable the experience of meaningfulness throughout their teams – are more fulfilled, resilient, higher performing, and significantly less likely to burn out, even in the most challenging times. This session describes the science of purpose and meaning and shows how purposeful leaders compel teams and organizations toward their positive potential. We’ll explore three evidence-based practices of purposeful leadership to empower leaders to bring the best out of their teams in a meaningful way.
i. Understand the science of wellbeing, meaning, and purpose
ii. Understand the human performance and business case upside of wellbeing, meaning, and purpose in the workplace
iii. An introduction to the 3 key practice domains of Purposeful Leadership
iv. An exploration of some evidence-based tools for applying Purposeful Leadership across the 3 key practice domain
This program (both live and recorded) has been approved for:
- 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit
- 1 CE by NACA
- 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Part two in a two-part series. Also register for Positive Perseverance: Leading During Crisis.
Josh Vaisman, CCFP, MAPPC
Founder, Flourish Veterinary Consulting
Leading animal welfare organizations is friggin’ hard work, and Josh understands the struggle first-hand. He has been a proud member of the veterinary community since 1998. In 2009, he took the leap into practice management and ownership, and continued in those roles in two small-animal hospitals until 2018.
A lifetime optimist and overall “happy guy,” Josh was shocked to find himself feeling spent, alone, and crying over breakfast while his surprised wife looked on with disbelief. Recognizing he had burnt himself out, he made the difficult decision to step away and recapture his authentic self.
Since then he’s dedicated his professional trajectory to elevating veterinary staff and teams so they can authentically flourish in their work. To that end he’s obtained certificates in areas such as Positive Psychology, Workplace Culture, and Building Effective Teams, and a Masters level education in Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology. He co-founded Flourish Veterinary Consulting LLC to bring the knowledge he's obtained to life.
Josh is a frequent speaker with The Association, most recently presenting the keynote at The Spring Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement in June 2022.
More from Josh:
Zach Mercurio, Ph.D.
Author, Honorary Fellow of Psychology in the Center for Meaning and Purpose at Colorado State University
Zach helps leaders build organizations that enable the daily experience of purpose and meaningfulness for themselves and their people. He is a researcher and Honorary Fellow of Psychology in the Center for Meaning and Purpose at Colorado State University and author of "The Invisible Leader: Transform Your Life, Work, and Organization with the Power of Authentic Purpose." Zach also advises leaders in companies, non-profits, and schools around the world on the practices of positive and purposeful leadership
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