Dec 14
Nelson Mandela: A Life and Legacy of Strengths

  December 5, 2013 will be remembered for at least two historic events: First, the worst storm surge in Northern Europe for more than half a century, with mile upon mile of town and countryside in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark inundated with sea water and many people losing their homes, their livelihoods, […]

Aug 27
Oxford Handbook of Happiness (Book Review)

“Happiness reminds us that ultimately this is a world of people, of families, of communities all alike – of human beings seeking the same thing. When we grasp this universal simplicity – this sense of a shared planet and shared fate for those who walk on it in a common quest for happiness, well-being, and […]

Feb 10
How to find a job without looking…

Are you out of work and looking for a job at the moment? This is a great posting from Peter Bregman about why you shouldn’t try too hard, and why you should instead spend most of your time doing things you love doing. The theory is that doing stuff you really enjoy helps motivate you, […]

Nov 16
Using a Strengths Approach at BAE Systems

If you’re sceptical about the value of using Positive Psychology at work, and don’t think it can add much by way of improved business performance, think again. In this article in 1st November’s edition of the CIPD Magazine “People Management“, Tim Smedley explains how global defence and aerospace company, BAE Systems, is adopting a common […]

Nov 5
A Less Positive Perspective?

You don’t often find Positive Psychology being overtly criticised (I suppose this would be very un-American) so when I came across this article on Richard Dawkins’ website, I thought you might be interested; it gives a very different perspective. It would appear that the Templeton Foundation does fund a huge amount of academic research into […]

Oct 29
Why you should be bad at something

Over the past couple of months I’ve written many times about the benefits of focussing on your strengths (e.g. here and here); most Positive Psychology literature (unsurprisingly) concentrates on what’s good about using a strengths-based approach and mentions very little in the way of the downsides. I’ve come across the phrase “overusing strengths”, but that’s […]

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 […]

Oct 16
Positive Psychology in Schools

There’s increasing coverage in the UK media of the so-called “Happiness Lessons” which are finding their way into the school curriculum, not all of it helpful in explaining how the application of Positive Psychology can be beneficial in schools. This article from the Scunthorpe Telegraph describes a Centre for Applied Positive Psychology project called Celebrating […]

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, […]

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