From a Faddy Bandwagon to a Lasting Mark

May 20, 2015 by ·

How do we prevent ‘character education’ from becoming a faddy bandwagon that rolls on by? Educational bandwagons come and go, and normally it doesn’t matter a jot. “Bye, bye coursework,” you think, as some education minister or other rants out his latest vision for driving up standards. “Never mind.... 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

From Arrogance to Appreciation

March 24, 2015 by ·

How do we learn to navigate this journey called life?  It is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, joy and anguish, clarity and confusion, love and hate.  We rely on two basic processes. First, we learn “best practices” by observing others. We observe them directly and through... Read More

Help! I’m Confused By My Strengths?!

December 3, 2014 by ·

Often times, individuals complete the VIA Survey, review their rank order list of strengths and then find themselves asking questions about the meaning behind some of the strengths. For example, “What is the difference between curiosity and love of learning?”, “I’ve never thought of myself as a leader, how... Read More

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Digging Deeper Into Your VIA Survey Results

August 8, 2014 by ·

The self-knowledge gained from a tool like the VIA Survey is exponentially more valuable when you decide that you will take that self-knowledge and apply it to your life. Without a plan in place for using your character strengths more frequently it might be easy to let the newly... 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

VIA Survey Or StrengthsFinder

January 6, 2014 by ·

The strengths movement in psychology, education, business, coaching, and related fields offers a welcomed shift from traditional approaches that focus on weaknesses and deficits. But, do you ever get confused about the differences between the strengths surveys that are out there? The VIA Survey (VIA Institute on Character) and... Read More