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.

#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.

#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

#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.


Bill Durkin has over 30 years of experience  working with leaders who want to get better at helping their team thrive and family flourish. He employs an engagement-based, positive action-learning model that improves relationships, results and resilience.

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. He can be reached at

630-215-5144 or

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