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Happiness & Positivity Program for the Private Sector

Program Overview

The founding fathers of the United Arab Emirates believed that the role of government is to nurture an environment where citizens create and enjoy their own happiness and extend it throughout their communities and places of business. In 2016 the UAE appointed a Minister of State for Happiness, with a mission to achieve a happier society.

To achieve the mission, the Happiness & Positivity Program for the Private Sector, has been developed in partnership with Wharton Executive Education and the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center. The goal of the new program is to equip UAE private sector employees with intuitive and practical skills necessary to become the drivers of happiness and positivity in their respective organizations and beyond.

Read more about the Experience & Impact »

Program Highlights & Benefits

  • Explore the effects of happiness and happiness drivers on various aspects of the workplace
  • Examine the impact of happiness on business, leadership, performance, productivity, and sustainability
  • Apply the knowledge in real time and bring the learnings back to the classroom to share experiences with faculty and peers

Contact Us

For questions or to apply, contact +971.4.3189353 or CHPPrivate@uaehappiness.ae.

Dates TBD

This program is a nonconsecutive, four-module program that runs over a five-month period. Participation in all four modules is required for completion of the program.

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Experience & Impact

Happiness & Positivity Program is a nonconsecutive, four-module program that runs over a five-month period. Participation in all four modules is required for completion of the program.

In addition to the four in-class modules, the program includes a Capstone project. The program is structured so that each module’s content builds off that of the previous module. The focus of each module will be similar to the following:

Module Dates Length Session Title
Module 1
Jan. 23, 2017 1/2 day Overview of UAE National Program for Happiness & Positivity
Module 2 Jan. 31–Feb. 2, 2017 3 days

Why Happiness is Important for an Organization

Module 3 Mar. 19–21, 2017 3 days

Personal Happiness

Module 4 Apr. 16–18, 2017 3 days

How to Manage Happy People in Organizations

Each module will examine happiness and happiness drivers, and explore their effects on different aspects of the workplace, including the importance of happiness and its impact on business, leadership, performance, productivity, and sustainability. This highly experiential program will include a variety of practical learning methodologies for which Wharton is known, including workshops. Wharton’s world-renowned faculty will create a dynamic environment to foster peer interaction and lively debate.

Each module is designed to allow education sessions to build upon one another, with the pacing of each module allowing participants to test their learnings in the workplace and bring their experiences back to the program.

Session content may include:

  • Happiness and your organization’s bottom line
  • Impact of happiness on organizational productivity and results
  • How to find the right happiness initiatives for your company
  • How to lead change and implement happiness in your company
  • Leading with emotional intelligence to improve interpersonal relationships and increase productivity at work
  • How to implement a culture of happiness
  • How to achieve sustainability and value proposition
  • How to find the right happiness initiatives for private and public partnerships

Who Should Attend

Intended for mid- and senior-level executives, this selective leadership program will accept 30–40 individuals per module. Director level and above, including senior leadership from private sectors within the UAE, are encouraged to apply.

Faculty

Peter Cappelli, DPhil   See Faculty Bio

George W. Taylor Professor of Management; Director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Human-resource practices, public policy related to employment, talent and performance management

Derrick Carpenter   See Faculty Bio

Lead Instructor, Penn Resilience Program, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania

Dafna Eylon, PhD   See Faculty Bio

President, Eylon Associates

Todd Henshaw, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School; President, Leader Development Associates

Kathy Pearson, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania; President, Enterprise Learning Solutions

Judy Saltzberg, PhD   See Faculty Bio

Lead Instructor, Penn Resilience Program, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania

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