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Michael E. Bernard, Ph.D. is an international consultant to universities,Michael Bernard organisations, educational authorities and governments as well as a Professor at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Graduate School of Education. He is the Founder of You Can Do It! Education, a program for promoting student social-emotional well-being and achievement that is being used in over 6,000 schools in Australia, New Zealand, England, Romania and North America.

After receiving his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he worked for 18 years in the College of Education, University of Melbourne, Australia. In 1983, he was appointed as Reader and Coordinator of the Master of Educational Psychology Program. During this time, Dr. Bernard was the first sport psychologist of the Collingwood Football Club and consulted with numbers of organisations including the AMP.
From 1995-2005, he was a tenured professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Administration and Counselling, College of Education, at California State University, Long Beach.

Over the past decade, he has focused on the design and conduct of high performance and resilience professional development programs.

He is the author of over 50 books, 15 book chapters, and 30 journal articles in areas associated with peak performance, resilience, parenting, mental health and school improvement.

Today, Professor Bernard consults with business and the public sector on principles of personal effectiveness, positive psychology and is Managing Director of The Bernard Group. Professor Bernard's latest book is "Rationality and the Pursuit of Happiness" (Blackwell-Wiley).


Recent research from the fields of positive psychology, positive organizational behaviour, brain neuroscience, emotional intelligence, rational effectiveness training and resilience has revealed the core features of the mindset of top performers that enables them to master the challenges, complexities and changes of today's workplace.

The following scientific citations from these diverse fields underpin the formulation of the high performance mindset and the development of this course.

Positive Psychology
Achor, S. (2010). The happiness advantage. New York: Random House.
Bandura, A. (1977). Self-efficacy: Toward a unifying theory of behavioral change. Psychological Review, 84, 191-215.
Biswas-Diener, R., & Dean, B. (2007). Positive psychology coaching. New York: John Wiley.
Carroll, M. (2007). The mindful leader. London and Boston: Trumpeter.
Donaldson, S.I., & Ko, I. (2010). Positive organizational psychology, behavior and scholarship: A review of the emerging literature and evidence base. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 5, 177-191.
Fredrickson, B.L. (2009). Positivity. New York: Three Rivers Press.
Locke, Edwin A. (2001) Motivation by goal setting. Handbook of organizational behavior, 2, 43-54.
Martin, A.J. (2005). The role of positive psychology in enhancing satisfaction, motivation and productivity in the workplace. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 24, 113-133.
Ozcelik, H., Langton, N., & Aldrich, H. (2008). Doing well and doing good: The relationship between leadership practices that facilitate a positive emotional climate and organizational performance. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 23, 186-203.
Peterson, C., & Seligman, M. (2004). Character strengths and virtues. New York: Oxford University Press.
Rath, T., & Conchie, B. (2008). Strengths -based leadership. New York: Gallup Press.
Seligman, M. (2011). Flourish. New York: Random House.

Psychological Capital
Avey, J.B., Luthans, F., & Jensen, S.M. (2009). Psychological capital: A positive resource for combatting employee stress and turnover. Human Resource Management, 48, 677-693.
Avey, J.B., Wernsing, T.S., & Luthans, F. (2008). Can positive employees help positive organizational change? Impact of psychological capital and emotions on relevant attitudes and behaviors. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 44, 48-70.
Larson, M., & Luthans, F. (2006). Potential added value of psychological capital in predicting work attitudes. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 13, 75-92.
Luthans, F. (2002). Positive organizatyional behaviour: Developing and managing psychological strengths. Academy of Management Executive, 16, 57-72.
Luthans, F., Avey, J.B., Avolio, B.J., Norman, S.M., & Combs, G.M. (2006). Positive psychological capital. Toward a micro-intervention. Journal of organizational behavior, 27, 387-393.
Luthans, F., Avey, J.B., Patera, J.L. (2008). Experimental analysis of a web-based training intervention to develop positive psychological capital.  Academy of Management Learning and Education, 7, 209-221.
Luthans, F., Vogelgesang, G.R., & Lester, P.B. ((2006). Developing the psychological capital of resiliency. Human Resource Development Review, 5, 25-44.

Brain Neuroscience
Davidson, R.J. (2012). The emotional life of your brain. New York: Hudson Street Press.
Dweck, C.S. (2006). Mindset. New York: Ballantine Books.
Hallowell, E.M. (2011). Brain science, peak performance and finding the shine: Inspiring excellence in yourself and your people-every day. Harvard Business Press, 24pp.
Mobbs, D., & McFarland, W. (2010). The neuroscience of motivation. NeuroLeadership Journal, 1, 43-52.
Rock, D. (2009). Your brain at work. New York: Harper Collins.
Siegel, D.J. (2011). Mindsight. New York: Bantam Books.

Rational Effectiveness Training
Cayer, M., DiMattia, D., & Wingrove, J. (1988). Conquering evaluation fear. Personnel Administrator, 33, 97-107.
DiMattia, D., & Ijzermans, T. (2011). CBT in action: Applications in the workplace. Mentone, Vic: CBT Australia.
DiMattia, D., & Mennen, S. (1990). Rational effectiveness training. Increasing productivity at work. New York: Institute for Rational Emotive Therapy.
Ellis, A. (1972). Executive leadership: A rational approach. New York: Institute for Rational Emotive Therapy.
Ellis, A. (1985). Rational-emotive approach to acceptance. and its relationships to EAP's. In S.H. Klarreich, J.J. Francek & C.E. Moore (Eds.), The human resource management handbook. New york: Praeger.
Ellis, A. (2005). The myth of self-esteem. New York: Prometheus books.
Ellis, A., & DiMattia, D. (1991). Rational effectiveness training: A new method for facilitating management and labor relationships. New York: Institute for rational Emotive Therapy.
Ellis, A., & Harper, R. (1962; 1975). A new guide to rational living. North Hollywood, CA: Wilshire Book Company.
Ellis, A, & Tafrate, R.C. (1997). How to control anger before it controls you. New York: Albert Ellis Institute.
Klarreich, S.H., DiGiuseppe, R., & DiMattia, D. (1987). EAP's: Mind over myths. Personnel Administrator, 32. 119-121.
Lange, A.J., & Jakubowski, P. (1976). Responsible assertive behavior. Champaign, Ill: Research Press.

Emotional Intelligence
Blank, I. (2008). Selecting employees based on emotional intelligence competencies: Reap the rewards and minimize the risk. Employee Relations Law Journal, 34, 77-85.
Boyatzis, R. E., Good, D., & Massa, R. (2012). Emotional, social, and cognitive intelligence and personality as predictors of sales leadership performance. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, 19, 191-201.
Cavazotte, F., Moreno, V., & Hickmann, M. (2012). Effects of leader intelligence, personality and emotional intelligence on transformational leadership and managerial performance. The Leadership Quarterly, 23, 443-455.
Goleman, D. (1998). Working with emotional intelligence. New York: Bantam.
Grieve, R., & Mahar, D. (2010). The role of fluid and emotional intelligence in malingering. Australian Journal of Psychology, 62, 103-111.
Ivcevic, Z., Brackett, M. A., & Mayer, J. D. (2007). Emotional intelligence and emotional creativity. Journal of Personality, 75, 199-235.
Kerr, R., Garvin, J., Heaton, N., & Boyle, E. (2006). Emotional intelligence and leadership effectiveness. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 27, 265-279.
Moon, T. W., & Hur, W.-M. (2011). Emotional intelligence, emotional exhaustion, and job performance. Social Behavior and Personality, 39(8), 1087-1096.
O'Boyle, E. H., Jr., Humphrey, R. H., Pollack, J. M., Hawver, T. H., & Story, P. A. (2011). The relation between emotional intelligence and job performance: A meta-analysis. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 32, 788-818.
Rosete, D., & Ciarrochi, J. (2005). Emotional intelligence and its relationship to workplace performance outcomes of leadership effectiveness. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 26, 388-399.
Shih, H. A., & Susanto, E. (2010). Conflict management styles, emotional intelligence, and job performance in public organizations. International Journal of Conflict Management, 21, 147-168.
Weinberger, L. A. (2009). Emotional intelligence, leadership style, and perceived leadership effectiveness. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 11, 747-772.
Zhang, H.-H., & Wang, H. (2011). A meta-analysis of the relationship between individual emotional intelligence and workplace performance. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 43, 188-202.
Zhou, J., & George, J. M. (2003). Awakening employee creativity: The role of leader emotional intelligence. The Leadership Quarterly, 14, 545-568.

Cote, S., Gyurak, A., & Levenson, R. W. (2010). The ability to regulate emotion is associated with greater well-being, income, and socioeconomic status. Emotion, 10, 923-933.
Gross, J.J. (ed.) (2009). Handbook of emotion regulation. New York: Guilford Press.
Maddi, S.R., & Khoshaba, D.M. (2005). Resilience at work. New york: American management Association.
Reivich, K., & Shatte, A. (2002). The resilience factor. New York: Broadway Books.
Siebert, A. (2005). The resiliency advantage. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.

Michael Bernard
Bernard, M.E. (1985).  A rational-emotive mental skills training program for professional athletes.  In A. Ellis & M.E. Bernard (Eds.), Clinical applications of rational-emotive therapy.  New York:  Plenum Press, pp. 277-310.
Bernard, M.E. (1986).  Staying rational in an irrational world. Melbourne, Vic., Australia:  McCulloch in Association with MacMillan, pp. 283. (1991, New York:  Carol Publishing).
Bernard, M.E. & Hajzler, D.J. (1987).  You can do it!  What every student (and parent) should know about achieving success at school and in life. Melbourne, Vic., Australia:  Collins Dove, pp. 235.
Bernard, M.E. (1990).  Taking the stress out of teaching.  Melbourne, Vic.: Collins-Dove, 1990, pp. 336.
Bernard, M.E. (1991).  Procrastinate later!  Melbourne, Vic.:  Schwartz-Wilkinson, pp. 210.
Bernard, P.C., & Bernard, M.E. (2003.) How to be a successful young person. Priorslee, Telford (ENG): Time Marque, pp. 80.
Bernard, M.E. (2005). The You Can Do It! community adult educationpProgram: Developing the "self-belief" and empowerment tools for being successful and happy. Telford (ENG): Time Marque, pp. 115.
Bernard, M.E. (2011). Rationality and the pursuit of happiness. The Legacy of Albert Ellis. London: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 305.
Bernard, M.E., & Ward, D. (2012). Bullying: Building the capacity to cope. East Melbourne, VIC: The Bernard Group.
Bernard, M.E., Froh, J., DiGiuseppe, R., Joyce, M.R., & Dryden, W. (2010). Albert Ellis: Unsung hero of positive psychology. Journal of Positive Psychology, 5, 302-310.

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