Beyond Grit

May 10, 2016 by ·

No doubt about it, grit is in. The concept of grit seems to have first come to the public’s attention in 2011 with a New York Times Magazine article called “What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?” in which Paul Tough suggested grit may be the true key... Read More

Remembering the Essence of Mother’s Day, Everyday

May 6, 2016 by ·

On this mother’s day, I am struck by the irony of highlighting just one day in appreciation of this daunting parenting role. For nine months, we anticipate with a full range of emotions, the birth of a child.  We have nine months to prepare…for the pregnancy and birth.  What... Read More

Using Strengths to Set Goals on IEP’s

April 14, 2016 by ·

Written by special guest blogger: ​Katie Curran, MAPP If you have a child with special needs or work as a special educator you are familiar with IEP’s (Individualized Education Plan).  Part of the IEP process is preparing for the meeting that will set the educational focus for the upcoming... Read More

Bravery- The Uncomfortable Strength

March 9, 2016 by ·

In 2004, Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman published the landmark “Character Strengths and Virtues, A Handbook and Classification”. The manual – also lovingly referred to by the authors as the “Manual of the Sanities” – identifies twenty-four universal strengths and six virtues. By universal we mean that they these... Read More

A Family on the Same Page, For the First Time

February 17, 2016 by ·

A little over two years ago, my husband and I sat once again in the psychologist’s office, reviewing the fourth and most recent psycho-educational evaluation for our daughter. Her learning difficulties and confusing diagnoses had taken us on a journey through diverse academic settings — from private to public,... Read More

Worried Your Strengths Are Boring?

February 3, 2016 by ·

“I sound like a nun,” exclaimed my coaching client as she threw her VIA Survey results down on the table in disgust.  “Don’t get me wrong, the results are absolutely accurate, but where’s the fun?”  It’s a great question. While a growing body of research suggests there may be... Read More

24 Ways To Put Your Strengths To Work

January 21, 2016 by ·

You’re busy.  I get it.  It can be hard to keep up with your boss’ expectations, the needs of your family and friends, never mind looking after your own wellbeing.  But what if in just 11 minutes a day you could make all of this a little easier and... Read More

Could An 11-Minute Strength Habit Help Your People To Flourish?

January 11, 2016 by ·

Having taught thousands of people around the world to put their strengths to work, there’s one common barrier I find most people encounter – they’re “too busy” to develop their strengths.  Let’s just pause for a moment and think this through. We know that 87 percent of employees report... Read More

Positive Awareness

December 15, 2015 by ·

When looking at the history of clinical and coaching psychology, one must conclude that a lot of time and effort has been invested in the development of interventions to boost human well-being. Interestingly, despite of all the differences between these interventions and treatment programs, there is one key component... Read More

VIA’s Impact on PricewaterhouseCoopers

August 18, 2015 by ·

Whether you run a small, family owned business or a large publicly traded corporation, much of your success stems from keeping your employees content, motivated and committed. So, what happens when you’re the person responsible for this very task, yet continually feel your efforts aren’t really working?  “I found... Read More