The 5th World Congress of Positive Psychology - Positive Energisers

Sunday, 20 August 2017
Published in Blog

As promised, the next few newsletters will focus on my learning at the recent 5th World Congress of Positive Psychology (WCCP) which was held in Montreal in July.  There was so much learnt, please consider this to be newsletter #1 of … a few.

Kim Cameron (Co-founder, Centre for Positive Organisations, University of Michigan), shared his wealth of knowledge and experience in working with positive organisations, positive leaders and positive energisers.


Three key points included:

  • Those who positively energise others are high performers
  • Positive energisers tend to enhance the work of others; people who interact with or are connected to energisers perform better too
  • High performing organisations had three times as many positive energising networks than low performing organisations.


Consider the following questions: are you a positive energiser or a de-energiser?


You are a positive energiser if you:

Help others flourish without expecting a payback

Are a problem solver

See opportunities

Inspire and provide meaning

Trusting and trustworthy

Express gratitude and humility

Instil confidence and self-efficacy in others


Are genuine and authentic

Expect very high standards

Forgive weaknesses

Support when absent


You are a de-energiser if you:

Ensure you get the credit

Are a problem creator

See roadblocks and are a critic

Are indifferent and uncaring

Are sceptical and lack integrity

Are inflexible and reject feedback

Don’t create opportunities for others to be recognised

Are sombre and seldom smile

Are superficial and insincere

Are satisfied with mediocrity

Induce guilt or shame

Talk behind other people’s backs


insium has been assisting individuals to map out energy networks (as opposed to information networks) and organise the pathways that exist for maximum positive impact.  It’s an interesting exercise to undertake and to reflect on questions such as: 

What is the relationship between the energy you provide, you receive and desired outcomes and outputs? 

What would happen if you only spent time with those who are energisers?  What are the benefits and consequences of this?

Whose energy do you benefit most from?

Who benefits most from your energy?


Please let us know if you’d like some assistance in creating your own energy map.


A few additional notes:

Congratulations and best wishes to Professor Lea Waters, The University of Melbourne in her new role of President of the International Positive Psychology Association;

Congratulations to Peggy Kern, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer at The University of Melbourne, on her well-deserved IPPA 2017 Early Career Researcher Award

The 6th World Congress of Positive Psychology is taking place in Melbourne in 2019.  Looking forward to seeing you there! 



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