Use Mother’s Day To Reflect On What You Do Well

May 9, 2019 by · Leave a Comment

Mother’s Day makes me think of breakfast in bed with a magical concoction of breakfast-like treats and a hand written card in childish scrawl professing love and gratitude. It’s heart warming and tender and makes my chest swell. But, if I’m being completely honest, being a good mom is... Read More

Is It Psychologically Safe To Use Your Strengths At Work?

May 7, 2019 by · Leave a Comment

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best each day at work?  If you’re nodding your head, you’re in good company with The Strengths Lab 2019 Workplace Survey finding recently that seven out of every ten workers are finding ways to put their strengths to work... Read More

Good Leaders Know How To Use Their Unique Strengths

April 24, 2019 by · Leave a Comment

Character Strengths as Connectors and Differentiators One of the wonderful things about character strengths is that although we all have all 24, and they are a common language that lets us express our understanding and appreciation of each other’s qualities in a straightforward way, we do nevertheless express each... Read More

5 Ways to Use Your Strengths To Be A Better Planner

April 8, 2019 by · Leave a Comment

Planning. Some of us love to do it, others prefer to wing it and hope for the best. But even if you feel like you’re not a natural born planner, it is a skill you can learn. Knowing what your strengths are helps — as does having the right... Read More

VIA Character Strengths and My Work with Judges

January 16, 2019 by ·

Six years ago, I was approached by an appellate court judge involved with the process of transitioning judges into retirement. He referred to this stage as “stepping down from the bench” and noted that judges were having a hard time emotionally with this transition, as some of them were... Read More

How Strengths Helped Me On My Cancer Detour

November 27, 2018 by ·

April 24, 2018, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at the age of 34. I have no family history (of any cancer!). I was a Division I athlete, maintained an active lifestyle, and was otherwise extremely healthy. The few years leading up to this point I had immersed... Read More

Heart and Character Strengths: When Love Is The Way

November 7, 2018 by ·

A few years ago as part of a graduate school assignment I was asked to write an essay that exemplified me at my best. I was flooded by a memory I had not thought of for decades— of a time when I was 12 years old, sitting on a... Read More

Teach Kids To Dream With This Fun Exercise

October 15, 2018 by ·

Have you seen posts like these on social media? o It’s never too late to live your dream! o Dare to dream. o Dream big! Live bigger! Of course, you have! There are new memes like this every day. But they aren’t just trending topics— here today, gone tomorrow.... Read More

Strengths Conversations – Use your Tools to Deal with Obstacles

September 10, 2018 by ·

I love working with character strengths since I see them hit home so often. One of the conversations I love most with any client or group, is about dealing with difficult situations. Tell me of a situation you were struggling with recently, that you want to learn from and improve... Read More

How Shoes Can Make You Happy

September 4, 2018 by ·

Do you know that wonderful feeling when you’ve just scored a brand new pair of beautiful shoes? It makes you happy, doesn’t it? You are dying to wear them at the next party, when you visit your best friend or maybe to an important business meeting. There’s only one... Read More