Strengths at Work

August 8, 2016 by ·

Human strengths is an important topic of research and application in the field of positive psychology, and a strengths approach is growing more important in the workplace. A workplace strengths approach is having a positive impact in creating greater success for organisations, as well as increasing the wellbeing of... Read More

Is There A Strengths Revolution Underway In Our Workplaces?

March 10, 2015 by ·

As a senior leader in a large global organization I was shocked when I first came across the data that suggested only 2 out of every 10 people had a chance to do what they do best each day at work. Shocked, but not surprised.  Let’s be honest at... Read More

Are You Skimping on Compliments?

October 31, 2014 by ·

At a recent workshop, a participant told me, “It feels awkward to spot strengths in a conversation and even more awkward to deliberately express appreciation.” This can be true for many people. But isn’t that a sad reality, that so many of us find it personally challenging to label... Read More

strengths spotting in kids

One Easy Way To Make Someone Happier

April 15, 2014 by ·

On Monday of last week my son was admitted to the hospital for an inflammation in his lungs. He spent several days being treated and monitored by a variety of doctors, nurses, and aides. My wife and I spent the days sitting by his bedside, attempting to work remotely,... Read More

Three Strengths Strategies To Start Your Day

February 6, 2014 by ·

How often do you walk into a situation— whether it be a party, a work meeting, or just an evening at home with your family— and actively look for the best qualities in your friends/colleagues/family members? Research shows that strengths-spotting is one of the best, initial activities that deepens... Read More

Even Rock Stars Can Reframe Situations With Character Strengths

September 24, 2013 by ·

Our thanks to May Beth Schappe, ACC, founder of  The Appreciative Lens, LLC for this post.   When we are able to utilize our strengths, our goals are fueled through the lens of what matters most, what catapults our authentic actions, and what will contribute our overall well-being. Identifying... 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

Strengths Spotting Your Way to Happiness (Part 1)

January 8, 2013 by ·

Strengths-spotting is one of the best, initial activities that deepens our understanding of our strengths and the strengths of others. There are 2 general levels to strengths-spotting: 1.) Spotting strengths in action in others and 2.) Spotting strengths in action in oneself. This blog entry will focus on spotting... 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