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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...]

character education

VIA and Motivation

Fiona Trembath stands in front of a classroom full of kids with a wide grin and merry eyes. Author of Crackpot, a tale of a lively young girl and her eccentric family, Fiona mesmerizes her audience with her own tale of the long, tumultuous process of publishing the book. One rejection after another, an eventual prize won, a publishing deal gained, and lost. Her exuberance elicits laughs and gasps … [Read More...]

gaining strength

VIA Stories: A Strengths Infusion

As the writer for the VIA Story Project and a long time student of Positive Psychology, I often have Character Strengths on my mind.  I speculate about the strengths of others while buying groceries. I’ll devise new ways to apply strengths when I’m having trouble falling asleep. You could say VIA Character Strengths are to me what college basketball is to my son (it’s that serious!).  But, it … [Read More...]