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

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

Teamwork Levels the Status Playing Field

January 16, 2015 by ·

Author: Shannon Polly, MAPP ’09, is a facilitator, speaker and coach in Washington, D.C. and the founder of a boutique consulting firm, Shannon Polly and Associates, where she applies positive psychology to leadership development. She also co-founded Positive Business DC (@positivebizdc) and she has facilitated resilience training for the... Read More

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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

Strengths Are Power…But Only If You Act On Them

October 9, 2013 by ·

After taking our VIA Survey Eva Jablonski, created a plan of action for practicing her strengths that she has shared with us below.                  What are Eva’s Signature Strengths? Character Strength # 1 Love of learning You love learning new things, whether... 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

Top 12 Reasons To Combine Mindfulness and Character Strength

June 28, 2013 by ·

When I am at play with my 2-year-old son, I realize how precious time is and so I attempt to be as present and mindful as possible in each activity. This mindfulness spurs my strength of curiosity as I await each word and reaction from him. Curiosity brings me... Read More

How To Identify VIA Character Strengths – Strength Spotting

June 26, 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. 2.) Spotting strengths in action in oneself. This blog entry will focus on spotting strengths... 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

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