“Characterizing” the Workplace: Using Character Strengths to Create Sustained Success

business and strengths

By Neal Mayerson Introduction Organizations cannot succeed in a sustained manner with only 1 in 5 of its employees fully engaged and motivated and with 1 in 5 employees either dreading work or wishing they could just stay at home instead (Asplund, Lopez, Hodges, & Harter, 2007; VIA Institute, 2015). Business is a human enterprise in which multiple people come together to produce value for … [Read more...]

New Book on Using Character Strengths To Find Life Fulfillment and Happiness

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Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life brings the 24 VIA character strengths to life with stories involving children, teenagers, adults, and elders and occurring in family life and business settings, in the present and in the distant past, in locations from China to the United States to the Middle East. Based on the unusual premise that a key way to build strength is to act ‘as if’ … [Read more...]

VIA Strengths Mural

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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...]

Signature Strengths-Frequency Analysis

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Chris Peterson and Marty Seligman define signature strengths as “strengths of character that a person owns, celebrates, and frequently exercises”. They recommend taking a look at the top 5 ranked VIA character strengths as a point of departure in the process of identifying signature strengths.  In August of last year we reported the results of a random sampling of VIA survey results in which we … [Read more...]

Ways to Use VIA Character Strengths

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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...]

Explore Character Strengths

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Now that you have taken the VIA Inventory of Strengths Survey, you have begun to build a general sense of awareness of what is best in you. Why not take this a step further? Probably the quickest way to dig deep into your character strengths is to get a VIA Pro Character Strengths Report. While this report is designed to be used in partnership with a professional, many people prefer to use … [Read more...]

The Science of Character

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Character strengths are described as the capacities humans have for thinking, feeling, and behaving. Specifically, they are the psychological ingredients for displaying virtues or human goodness. VIA views each person as having a capacity for expressing any of the 24 character strengths in the VIA Classification. Some strengths are easier and more natural for the individual to express (their … [Read more...]

Exercises to Boost Humanity Strengths

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CORE VIRTUE----HUMANITY: tending and befriending others I. Love: Loving individuals value close relationships with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. Love can be expressed toward those we depend on, toward those who depend on us, and toward those we feel romantic, sexual, and emotional attraction to. This strength allows people to put their trust in others … [Read more...]