Leadership Strengths

July 11, 2014 by ·

Positional and situational leadership As any successful leader will say, it is important to know thyself – to know one’s strengths and how to use them in managing or leading a group of people toward a common mission or goal. This is particularly important for “positional leaders” who have... Read More

Character Strengths, Key to Human Evolution

July 9, 2014 by ·

I’m writing in with my story to say thanks to those who developed the VIA system, and to help spread the word about this exciting transformational resource.  In my experience, the simple VIA list of character strengths can lead to many important understandings about being human. It’s a fine entryway... Read More

What’s the Difference Between Myers-Briggs and the VIA Survey?

May 20, 2014 by ·

This is a common question we get here at VIA, so we decided to compare these two popular personality tests. Learn the answer below! Whether you are a practitioner, career counselor, clergyperson, avid reader, or layperson, you probably know your “type” according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). You... Read More


A Character Game Plan… On and Off the Field

May 15, 2014 by ·

There was a recent article in the New York Times, “Manning or Leaf? A Lesson in Intangibles”, that reviewed one of the biggest moments in NFL draft history- the choice between two of the top quarterbacks at the time- Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf. The coaches and administration had... Read More

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Feeling Depressed? Use your Strengths to Find Happiness!

May 6, 2014 by ·

Last week I had “one of those days”. I felt down and unmotivated. The stresses of life had piled up and I just felt like staying in bed. I hated the feeling. Then I thought to myself, “What good are my character strengths if I can’t use them to... Read More

Be More with Less

April 19, 2014 by ·

Here in the Midwest we are beginning to sweep the dead winter leaves from the front porch, hear the chirping birds in the morning, and notice colorful blooms on the trees and flowerbeds—spring has arrived! It is also a time that we dust forgotten corners, declutter and get organized.... Read More

What are Character Strengths?

March 21, 2014 by ·

* Who am I? * Who do I want to become? These are questions asked by humans throughout history. You might be asking these questions yourself. Following the groundbreaking scientific VIA Classification of human strengths (which some call “The Periodic Table of Character Strengths”), there is now a framework... Read More

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Brick by Brick

March 18, 2014 by ·

Summertime in Australia with its high risk of bushfires can be a worrying and stressful time for many. In my community – at the base of Kinglake, in Victoria,  where fires wreaked their most havoc on ‘Black Saturday’ in 2009 when over 100 people lost their lives and hundreds... Read More

Talk About Your Character Strengths!

February 11, 2014 by ·

As I ask people around the world to talk about their character strengths, it is not uncommon for me to hear people comment—“I can’t talk about my strengths. That would be immodest.” Another common response is—“we don’t do that in our culture.” These statements, while not completely untrue, are... Read More

How Do You Practice Perseverance?

January 10, 2014 by ·

#Perseverance is definitely one of filmmaker great Steven Spielberg’s strengths. The man who brought us “Shindler’s List,” “Jaws,” “E.T.” and “Jurassic Park” was not accepted into his film school of choice. He was rejected twice from USC. But in the end, USC awarded him an honorary degree in 1994.... Read More