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Bill Durkin’s work is built on the foundation of the following evidence-based methodologies that support the new science of positivity, human strength and resilience.

#1 Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. This field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves and others, and to enhance their personal and professional experiences.

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#2 Positive Organizational Scholarship draws on exciting work in the organizational and social sciences. It focuses on the dynamics in organizations that lead to developing human strength, producing resilience, fostering vitality, and cultivating extraordinary individuals. Positive Organizational Scholarship is based on the premise that understanding how to enable human excellence in organizations will unlock potential, reveal possibilities, and facilitate a more positive course of human and organizational welfare. Research findings to date indicate that enabling positive qualities in individuals leads to exceptional organizational performance.

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#3 Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself and others. The model introduced by Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist, outlines five main elements:

  • Knowing your emotions

  • Managing your own emotions

  • Motivating yourself

  • Recognizing and understanding other people’s emotions

  • Managing relationships, i.e., managing the emotions of others

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#4 Appreciative Inquiry is the cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations, and the world around them. Appreciative Inquiry involves the art and practice of asking unconditionally positive questions. The traditional approach to change is to look for the problem and find a solution. The primary focus is on what is wrong; since we look for problems, we find them. By paying attention to problems, we emphasize what’s not working. Appreciative Inquiry suggests that we look for what is working and build on individual and organizational strength.

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#5  Anders Ericsson is the world’s leading scientist studying how the best in the world became the best. His research rejects the myth that if you just try hard enough, you will get better. If you want to become a better leader, try harder. If you want to generate more sales, try harder. The reality is, leadership and sales are specialized skills, and unless you are involved in deliberate practice you are not going to become the best you can be.

Deliberate Practice Requires:

A specific goal; focus; immediate feedback; the learner is pushed outside their comfort zone; the learner is creative and works through temporary plateaus with new techniques and approaches; an experienced teacher/coach is actively involved practice and learning techniques.



Bill Durkin works with leaders and teams that want a better way to bring out the best in everyone, while creating positive change and healthy growth in their organization.

His success is based on building strong, collaborative relationships with leaders and team players. When he combines his positive point of view and years of experience outside your organization with your leadership talent, positive action is taken and measurable results are achieved.

Contact Bill Durkin to learn more about how he can help you and your organization thrive. He can be reached at

630-215-5144 or

Let's Get Better. Together.

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