CiPP Student Spotlight: Susan Peppercorn

With out query, work will be tense. It includes lengthy hours, fixing a large number of issues, and making (typically unfavorable) selections. However the duties you face whereas on the clock, even when it’s stuff you don’t love, don’t have to strip you of your happiness, says Susan Peppercorn.

“Happiness at work is achievable,” Susan says. “But right here we’re, in a tradition the place folks imagine working and happiness can’t coexist.” Susan is an alumni of the primary Certificates in Wholebeing Optimistic Psychology (CiWPP) program. Shortly after graduating, she established Optimistic Office Companions, a training and consulting observe that focuses on serving to folks thrive of their profession.

Susan understands that every shopper’s wants are distinctive to their scenario. Some folks come to her desirous to discover a new job that may be a higher match. Some want help discovering happiness of their present office. Others need to enterprise out and begin their very own enterprise. Whatever the path they’re navigating, all of them have to study the identical factor, Susan says: the best way to uncover and implement their character strengths.

“I’ve discovered that individuals have no idea the best way to determine their strengths, thus they can not work them to their benefit,” she says. Susan combines classes and assets from CiWPP and Realise2 to put the framework for her purchasers.

As soon as character strengths are harnessed and utilized to the office, there’s yet another half to Susan’s happiness method. “Suggestions is essential. It typically takes another person to verbalize our successes or constructive contributions to ensure that us to understand them.”

Her years of labor in consulting have additionally taught her that, with regards to making a change, we have a tendency to take a look at the negatives fairly than making use of the positives. “After we’re within the course of of fixing, our preliminary thought is ‘I’m weak right here’ or ‘I’m failing at this.’ As an alternative we needs to be saying, ‘I’m sturdy at this, so how can I exploit that to enhance?”

It’s in these situations that Susan advocates for folks to hunt an outdoor perspective—a colleague, supervisor, or member of the family who can present suggestions on the place you excel. By recognizing how others see you, you possibly can perceive your self higher, and use that information to make your work life—and each facet of life—extra fulfilling.

To study extra about Susan’s strategy to teaching, take a look at her e-book Ditch Your Interior Critic at Work, accessible on Amazon.

Discover out extra in regards to the Certificates in Wholebeing Optimistic Psychology.

Susan Peppercorn, CiPP1, is an government and profession coach who permits mid- and senior-level professionals to seek out their subsequent greatest profession step—whether or not that’s a promotion, new job, profession, or entrepreneurial possibility. An authorized Optimistic Psychology Coach, Susan was a educating assistant for CiPP2. A incessantly quoted knowledgeable, she has been tapped for profession recommendation by publications together with the New York Occasions, Wall Avenue Journal, Quick Firm, U.S. Information & World Report, and Harvard Enterprise Assessment. Accredited by the Worldwide Teaching Federation, Susan is a incessantly requested speaker and an government mentor for Healthcare Enterprise Ladies’s Affiliation. Her free workbook, “25 Ideas for Making a Profitable Profession Transition,” is accessible at

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