Tips For Leveraging Strengths In The Workplace

August 26, 2013 by ·

Our thanks to Mary Beth Schappe, ACC, founder of The Appreciative Lens, LLC, for submitting this post.   The power of VIA Character Strengths combined with Appreciative Coaching was extremely effective with the work I did for a recent organizational team.  Initially, the team participated in a strength-based team... Read More

What If Your Strengths Don’t Match Your Dream Job Requirements?

August 20, 2013 by ·

What if my signature-strength profile does not include the strengths typically required for my dream job? The answer is simple. Please go ahead and pursue your dream job by using your VIA signature-strength pathway. I have a client who is a finance director of a sizeable company, and she... Read More

Character Strengths at Work Course

August 20, 2013 by ·

Are You A Professional Who Manages, Coaches, Or Educates Others To Be Their Best? Our Character Strengths at Work Course Is For You. Dr. Ryan Niemiec leads this 7-week comprehensive training teaching you how to apply character strengths interventions to your work with others. A character strengths perspective can elevate... Read More

Top 12 Reasons To Combine Mindfulness and Character Strength

June 28, 2013 by ·

When I am at play with my 2-year-old son, I realize how precious time is and so I attempt to be as present and mindful as possible in each activity. This mindfulness spurs my strength of curiosity as I await each word and reaction from him. Curiosity brings me... Read More

VIA Character Strengths Pervade Man of Steel Movie

June 17, 2013 by ·

Superman has made a strong comeback! After several failed movie attempts with this superhero, Man of Steel brings not only viewer engagement and entertainment, but also substance. Audiences are already familiar with Superman’s exemplary physical strength and superhuman powers but it is the non-physical strengths he displays that are... Read More

7 New Strategies for Happiness

January 3, 2013 by ·

New research from the science of positive psychology has found a number of practical exercises you can do to boost your happiness and decrease your depression. Choose one of the following 7 exercises and practice it for 1 week: Three funny things: Write down the three funniest things that... Read More

Self-Improvement, Self-Acceptance, and Being Who You Are

December 11, 2012 by ·

It was 6:58 PM on Tuesday October, 26, 2010 when I realized I just wanted to be myself. At that moment, I realized that I just couldn’t be anyone else. LeighAndria Young, student and poet School for the Creative and Performing Arts Cincinnati, Ohio These are the refreshing words... Read More

What Matters Most?

November 26, 2012 by ·

As a member of a group or team, consider these two possible scenarios: 1.) You focus on your character strengths and abilities. 2.) You focus on the character strengths and abilities of your team. Which approach is more likely to perform better? Read More

Priming the Good: How Far Can This Take You?

September 26, 2012 by ·

Research studies have shown that if a therapist focuses on their client’s strengths prior to a therapy session (called “resource priming”) that a number of positive outcomes unfold. These include: Improved therapy outcomes Higher use of strengths in the session A stronger practitioner-client relationship More experiences of accomplishment (sense... Read More

VIA Signature Strengths at Work: Four or More is Best

September 10, 2012 by ·

Here’s a question that scientists are saying can really matter: How many of your top strengths do you express at work? Workplaces can be very demanding and stressful. It is not uncommon to hear the advice to “play to your strengths” or “use your strengths more at work.” Some... Read More