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

5 Simple Ways to Discover Your Strengths

April 6, 2016 by ·

What if someone asked you: “What are your strengths?” Would you be able to quickly articulate your best, core qualities? You have many different types of strengths–talents, skills, values– but your character strengths are your capacities for thinking, feeling and behaving and reflect the best of you. Here are... Read More

7 Tips for Dealing with Bad News

March 18, 2016 by ·

Do you know how to respond when someone shares bad news? Do you quickly try to avoid feeling uncomfortable and change the subject? Or do go into “fix-it” mode and rattle off a list of a solutions to their issues? If you approach the person mindfully (being open, curious,... Read More

Do You Know The Difference Between Savoring and Mindfulness?

March 17, 2016 by ·

Many people in my mindfulness courses have commented that they enjoy practicing “mindfulness” because of they are able to relish “tasting” a piece of chocolate or that first warm drink of coffee. However, this is not practicing mindfulness and is instead the act of savoring. The distinction here is... 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

Get Rich Quick: A New Currency That Grows As You Spend It!

February 10, 2016 by ·

Money can buy us only so much in life.  The Beatles reminded us that it can’t buy us love.  And research coming from the field of positive psychology has shown its limitations for buying happiness.  But, with the recent advent of character science, we have been discovering how to... 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

Leadership on the Football Field. What We Can Learn from Mark Dantonio.

January 6, 2016 by ·

Leaders must know themselves – their personal drives, desires, hopes, abilities, flaws, and most important – their character strengths. One of the most important principles for any great leader to remember is: “leader, know thyself.” The latest research takes this “leader, know thyself” mantra a step further – one... Read More