Oct 26
When Is a Strength Not a Strength?

This article on today’s Positive Psychology News Daily considers whether there is a potential risk in applying a strengths-based approach to people development in organisations. If your organisation is using a strengths model (whether StrengthsFinder, VIA-IS, Strengths Deployment Inventory, Strengthscope or any other) at work, we’d love to hear about your experience. The image is […]

Oct 20
Standard Chartered’s business case for focusing on employee strengths

According to Debbie Whitaker, Standard Chartered’s Head of Sustainability, ‘everyone has talents that we wish to leverage’. This is a bold statement, considering Standard Chartered is a bank with over 60,000 employees in 56 countries. Their reasons for focusing on talent are fourfold: i) greater growth potential ii) better people performanceiii) increased employee engagement and […]

Oct 20
Standard Chartered’s business case for focusing on employee strengths

According to Debbie Whitaker, Standard Chartered’s Head of Sustainability, ‘everyone has talents that we wish to leverage’. This is a bold statement, considering Standard Chartered is a bank with over 60,000 employees in 56 countries. Their reasons for focusing on talent are fourfold: i) greater growth potential ii) better people performanceiii) increased employee engagement and […]

Oct 20
Standard Chartered’s business case for focusing on employee strengths

According to Debbie Whitaker, Standard Chartered’s Head of Sustainability, ‘everyone has talents that we wish to leverage’. This is a bold statement, considering Standard Chartered is a bank with over 60,000 employees in 56 countries. Their reasons for focusing on talent are fourfold: i) greater growth potential ii) better people performanceiii) increased employee engagement and […]

Aug 13
Using Your Strengths in New Ways – 4

In this post we look at new ways of applying 3 more of the VIA character strengths, Perseverance, Vitality and Hope. If you haven’t already done the VIA-IS online strengths test, why not take some time out now to complete it, and when you’ve got your list of top 5 (or signature) strengths, come back […]

Aug 12
Using Your Strengths in New Ways – 3

How to Use Your Top 5 Character Strengths in New Ways – Part 3. If you’ve just completed the VIA-IS online survey and are wondering what to do with your Top 5 Strengths, read on… There’s increasing research to show that focusing on your strengths at work rather than on your weaknesses brings huge benefits, […]

Aug 10
Using Your Strengths in New Ways – 2

How to Use Your Character Strengths in New Ways – Part 2. In your annual appraisal / personal development meeting, does your boss focus on how to use your strengths more effectively, or how to improve your weaknesses (or ‘development areas’ if you’re being PC)? According to Positive Psychologists Chris Peterson and Martin Seligman, using […]

Aug 8
Now Discover Your Strengths…Then What?

How to Use Your Character Strengths in New Ways – Part 1 Have you completed the VIA-IS online character strengths survey yet? We find it an excellent starting point for coaching conversations since many people are completely unaware of their strengths, so it can be an instant confidence boost, as well as providing insight into […]

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