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Strengths

Strength in Adversity

Dan Collinson | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Dan Collinson

I am always fascinated about people's strengths and how they can enable a person to be at their best, to flourish and to fulfill their potential. This fascination was what led me to research about strengths and how people thrive, so that I could work with individuals and organisations to apply their strengths, in order to succeed.

Are You Up To The Strengths Challenge?

Dan Collinson | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business
Dan Collinson

The premise of the Strengths Challenge is to spend 11 minutes each day doing what you do best for one week, in order to develop your strengths and make all the difference in your job. In February, the Strengths Challenge is going to be run again and it is something that you can get involved with for free.

Could Focusing On Strengths Ruin Your Career?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

Encouraging people to focus on their strengths -- those things they're good at and actually enjoy doing -- at work has become a multi-million dollar industry, but could this approach be ruining people's careers? Perhaps.

The 3 Mistakes Companies Make Focusing On People's Strengths

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

Have you been asked by your organization to complete a survey that measures you're strengths - those things you're good at and actually enjoy doing at...

9 Steps to Take When You Know You Are Destined for More

Grace Bluerock | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Grace Bluerock

Start taking these steps and before you realize it, you will be well on your way to doing work that gives you a deep sense of purpose and passion. You will become one of the 13 percent of people who love their work.

Discouraged? You Are Not Alone.

Shandra Carlson | Posted 10.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Shandra Carlson

Talking to ourselves sounds foolish but it most certainly isn't. We all have conversations in our heads. We tell ourselves stories -- truth or lies -- and we believe them. How do we manage to overcome it so it doesn't suck us into the vortex of hopelessness?

4 Simple Steps to Use Your Weaknesses to Find Success

Mehdi Toozhy | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Mehdi Toozhy

Although we might not all be like Richard Branson and see the opportunity as it comes, there are ways we can learn to be more like him by overcompensating our weaknesses. We can turn weaknesses into strengths with a little extra work.

Can You Afford to Stay in a Job You Hate?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 09.18.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

Just for a moment let's be really honest. Lately have you been struggling to find the energy to drag yourself into the office? Are you working ridiculous hours worried that if you don't, people will finally discover that you've never really been "good enough" for your job? Do you feel stuck in a role you no longer enjoy, but need the money to survive?

Advice on College Application Essay Writing

Kevin Liu | Posted 08.23.2015 | College
Kevin Liu

Because one essay will be a testament to your passions, strengths and character, it can be an important component of the application. Thus, it is worth spending some time to compose something that accurately represents you, and stands out against the backdrop of other applicants

Overachievers and Underachievers: Feed One. Starve the Other.

George Bradt | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
George Bradt

Some achieve as they should. Some more. Some less. How much of that is due to peoples' natures? How much is due to how they were nurtured? And what are the implications for leadership?

Wish You Felt More Authentically Confident At Work?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

Just what does it take to feel more authentically confident at work? After years of lagging in the confidence stakes I can't help but wonder if women are finding a unique and effective approach to begin feeling more confident at work.

Can You Create Good Habits That Stick?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle McQuaid

Do you have the chance to do what you do best each day at work? Take a moment and think about it. Do you have the chance to do what you do best each day? Not just now and again. Not even just most days. But each and every day.

5 Habits of People Who Love Their Work

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 07.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Because so many workplaces don't give employees the ownership they crave, employees essentially "rent" their jobs. Alternatively, Dr. Shane Lopez discovered that people who love their jobs do these five things regularly:

Can We Create a Flourishing World?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 07.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle McQuaid

Given the ongoing economic, environmental, social and political challenges currently reverberating around our world, it can be hard to feel hopeful ab...

Are You a Strengths-Based Parent?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Michelle McQuaid

If you're like most time poor parents the chances are you're quicker at identifying the things your kids need to improve upon, but is this the best way to raise kids who are resilient and able to cope with stress?

Put Your Strengths to Work!

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

Do you have the chance to do what you best each day? Not just now and again. Not even just most days. But each and every day. Do you have the chance to do what you do best?

Do You Know How to Have a Strengths Conversation?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

When you sit down with your manager to talk about how you're performing at work what's the focus of your conversation? Do they mostly talk to you about what you're doing well or what you're failing to deliver?

Why Successful CEOs Protect Strengths and Wipe Out Weaknesses With Support

Alex Charfen | Posted 05.12.2015 | Small Business
Alex Charfen

Throughout our lives, we're conditioned to focus on our weaknesses. In grade school, we focus on the classes we struggle with in order to lift our grades. When we start our professional lives, reviews often include "focus areas" or areas which we need to improve.

5 Ways to be a More Positive Leader

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

As one CEO recently asked me: "Where's the roadmap to becoming a positive leader?" It's a great question and at present researchers are still exploring exactly what such a road map might look like.

7 Positive Psychology Happy Habits for Work and Life

Dr. Colleen Georges | Posted 06.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Colleen Georges

Whether we are looking for greater harmony in our family relationships, more meaningful friendships, greater purpose and satisfaction at work, or more engagement in our community, the end goal is usually the same -- happiness.

Can You Develop Your Strengths In Just 11 Minutes?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 05.23.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

If you had eleven minutes each day to just - shine and do what you do best at work -- where would you start? Would you learn something new each day? Take the time to really connect with a colleague? Make some space for creativity?

The Strengths Revolution Transforming Our Workplaces

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

As we approach a tipping-point of strengths-development in our workplaces the data suggests there are three factors driving this change forward.

3 Fascinating Ways to Improve Your Wellbeing

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 04.29.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

As the body of scientific research into human flourishing continues to grow around the globe -- particularly in the field of positive psychology -- researchers are finding some unexpected approaches to improving our wellbeing.

The Mom That You Are

Meredith Spidel | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Meredith Spidel

Moms, find your glory, and go share it with your kiddos. Being you is one powerful gift to give your children.

Longing for a Strengths-Fuelled Future?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

If you were given the opportunity to create your dream job, do you know what it would look like? What would you be doing each day that build on your strengths? Who would you be working with? Why would you feel proud when you went home each night?