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, […]

Jun 29
Eleven Reasons to Own, Love, and Give Pursuing the Good Life (Book Review)

Pick any chapter from Chris Peterson’s posthumously published book, Pursuing the Good Life: 100 Reflections on Positive Psychologyand you’re in for a real treat. His reflections cover every aspect of what it means to be human, to live a life worth living. Even sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll get a passing mention, although you […]

Mar 5
Beer and Philosophy: Engagement Japanese Style

In the UK business community there is a growing interest in the topic of employee engagement, sparked by a government-commissioned report in 2009, Engaging for Success: Enhancing Performance through Employee Engagement. In November 2012 the report’s authors, David MacLeod and Nita Clarke, established a group called Engage for Success  (EfS) which describes itself as a “movement […]

Jun 8
The need for Positive Psychology in Education

Creativity expert, Sir Ken Robinson, talks about the need for revolution in the education system. “Very many people go through their whole lives having no real sense of what their talents may be, or if they have any to speak of. I meet all kinds of people who don’t think they’re really good at anything”, […]

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, […]

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 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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