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

A Simple Phrase for Each Character Strength

October 20, 2015 by ·

Using your character strengths can lead to a boost in happiness. Many scientific studies have shown this. But, sometimes clarity is needed on what strengths are and how to use them. Below are the 24 strengths found to be universal (cross-cultural) and within human beings. Each of these is... Read More

“Characterizing” the Workplace: Using Character Strengths to Create Sustained Success

August 18, 2015 by ·

Introduction Organizations cannot succeed in a sustained manner with only 1 in 5 of its employees fully engaged and motivated and with 1 in 5 employees either dreading work or wishing they could just stay at home instead (Asplund, Lopez, Hodges, & Harter, 2007; VIA Institute, 2015). Business is... Read More

Kindness in Leadership

April 21, 2015 by ·

  “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” — Bob Kerrey Strong leadership and kindness are not mutually exclusive as they fit together very effectively. In fact, the most successful leaders are kind and treat their team members with kindness. They... Read More

24 Ways to Make Mindfulness Stickier

April 13, 2015 by ·

I don’t have the time to practice mindfulness. I would like to meditate but I usually forget. Meditation is too difficult. My mind always wanders. When I survey participants in my mindfulness programs, these are the three most common mindfulness obstacles people report. I say “obstacles” because these are... Read More

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

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

An Exercise on VIA Strength-Spotting

August 21, 2013 by ·

Earlier this week we posted this photo on our Facebook page and asked our fans to practice strength-spotting – what VIA strengths did they see in these two kids. Rachael Holdsworth did such a fabulous job thinking this through. We thought it would be a valuable learning tool for... 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

Does The Avengers Teach Us Anything About Teamwork?

June 11, 2012 by ·

“The Avengers” is now the third highest grossing film of all time (domestic and worldwide). The film is about famous superheroes coming together as a team to battle evil. Are the millions of people watching this film learning anything about the film’s main premise – teamwork? Yes and no. Read More