VIA Strengths Mural

When Michelle McQuaid was studying the Character Strengths for her Master’s Degree in Positive Psychology, she figured out a way for her young son to learn right along with her. She created a “Strengths Mural” for his bedroom, painting pictures for each of the 24 strengths on the wall. Each night before bed, they would choose a different strength to discuss. They would talk about what the strength … [Read More...]


Applying VIA Strengths at Westin Hotels

Both Shannon Polly and Jeremy McCarthy earned Masters Degrees in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Here, they worked together with The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa which had decided to change the way that the hospitality industry works. Over two days, they helped 100 front-of-house associates spend time focusing on their individual and collective strengths, … [Read More...]

strengths in new ways

Ways to Use VIA Character Strengths

By: Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada Afroze Anjum, Psych.D, Toronto District School Board, Canada CORE VIRTUE: WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE acquisition and use of knowledge I. Curiosity [interest, novelty-seeking, openness to experience]: Curiosity is taking an interest in all of ongoing experience. It involves actively recognizing and pursuing challenging … [Read More...]

bring out your clients strengths

The Confidence to Coach

    When Carol Kauffman was recently contacted by a Fortune 500 Company to “Help keep us from firing this person!” she knew exactly what she needed to do – rely on her strengths. As one of the most sought-after coaches in the world, Carol frequently faces high level/high stakes clients who could easily intimidate the best of coaches. From the first introduction, she’s keenly aware of the … [Read More...]

via for transitions

Using Strengths During Life Transitions

After nearly 30 years working as a graphic designer for a government agency, Robyn  Eskenazi-Gray increasingly day dreamed about retirement.  She imagined long sunny afternoons in her garden, traveling around the globe to visit her three grown children, or opening a small shop of handmade goods. But, rather than energize her, these future scenarios left her feeling stressed and defeated. “I got … [Read More...]

strengths to build teams

Crafting Team Tasks Around Strengths

Summary: In an effort to create a stronger team, Manuela Schmid knew she would need to help her staff feel valued, engaged and energized. She relied on the VIA survey results to reach this goal. Through creative use of a visual display of everyone’s strengths, she was able to launch lively discussions about task management, develop strategies to maximize strengths and pinpoint areas where … [Read More...]