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

Strengths of the Heart and Mind and Other Strengths Topics

May 2, 2012 by ·

“I’ve taken a strengths test, now what do I do?” “I work with employees (or students or clients) and I want to help them tap into their strengths, what’s the next step?” These are the most common questions the VIA Institute on Character receives about strengths from people around... Read More

Using Mindfulness and VIA Strengths To Overcome Anxiety

April 15, 2012 by ·

A few years ago, I worked with a middle-aged man (I’ll call him “Jim”) who was legally blind and suffered from social anxiety disorder (social phobia). Jim also experienced panic attacks. He wanted to learn to manage his anxiety better and to not have to take his anti-anxiety pills.... Read More

Strong Organizations: Combining Mission with Passion

December 6, 2010 by ·

I was reminded the other day of a client I saw years ago when I was a practicing clinical psychologist. Joe was a 52-year-old partner in a successful law firm. He looked the part in his three-piece suits with French cuffs and gold cuff links. He had smartly coiffed... Read More

Classical Character: Gabriela Montero

April 16, 2010 by ·

Yesterday I was fortunate to meet renowned classical concert pianist and improvisational artist Gabriela Montero (http://www.gabrielamontero.com). The occasion was a Master class at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gabriela is a freakishly gifted and thoroughly delightful musician who began giving concerts at the age... Read More

Character of Jazz

March 22, 2010 by ·

  I love YouTube. Someone recently turned me on to a Keith Jarrett video.  For those who may not know, Jarrett is an amazingly gifted pianist who plays mostly in the jazz genre. He is a master technician and improviser. He is capable of firing off machine-gun-paced riffs as... Read More