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Policing our Strengths – Building Productivity and Relationships with the Indiana State Police

Working in law enforcement in the 21st century can be very demanding in a chaotic and challenging world. SMART Strengths has been fortunate to work with the Indiana State Police and most recently with two different groups from the Criminal Investigations Division. This arm of the ISP investigates serious felony complaints and then assist local […]

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SMART Strengths Operating Together

“What’s your good news?” One of us, Dave, was sitting with a young lawyer and asked this to start the exercise. The young man responded, “We just finished a big arbitration, and I handled the expert witness.” Green Light Responding  We were in a mentoring training for a law firm (the SMART Strengths skills are […]

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Thinking & Grieving

This post deals is inspired by a blog post from a fellow MAPPster, Lucy Hone, 2010, who is coping with grief from the death of her 12-year-old daughter, pulling on what she learned from MAPP, and sharing the process with the world. She powerfully rebuts “The Fluffy Fallacy” (that positive psychology is “fluffy” – not […]

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SMART Strengths & LIFT Question 3: Michael thinks about others.

The third question that LIFT suggests to become a positive force in any situation is, “How do others feel about the situation?” As human beings, we are capable of caring for others because we care for others, not just to promote own interests. However, it is easy to slip out of this state and start to […]

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SMART Strengths & LIFT – Question 2

This is the second in a series of posts about combining SMART Strengths and Lift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation by Ryan and Robert Quinn. LIFT offers four questions that, if asked and answered conscientiously can help us become a positive force in any situation. The four questions are: What result do I […]

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SMART Strengths at Tindley Schools

Tindley Accelerated Schools, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, began with one school in 2004. Today, the Tindley network has five schools that serve K-3, Middle School Girls grades 6-8, Middle School Boys grades 6-8, High School grades 9-12, and a “turn around” middle/high school. Tindley emphasizes a very rigorous curriculum that provides opportunities for a high-quality […]

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LIFT & SMART Strengths – A Powerful Leadership Combo

Lift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation by management professors Ryan and Robert Quinn provides a simple but not simplistic approach to personal leadership that is applicable all the way from school superintendents and board members through administrators, principals, teachers and to students as young as the fifth grade. This well-written book gives four questions […]

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Leadership: The Most Poorly Named VIA Strength

Chris Peterson has summed up the key findings of positive psychology with the three word phrase, “Other people matter.” Simple, but with surprising depth.  A corollary of this principle for groups of people is, “Leaders matter.” Starting with this post, we’re going to consider how SMART Strengths helps generate the leaders and leadership that schools, […]

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From Pajamas to Plane Seat in 56 Minutes

Tuesday morning at 7:19 AM, I was sitting in my hotel room near George Washington University in Washington DC, having just learned that my speaking engagement scheduled for that day had been canceled due to the predicted mid-morning start of a winter storm. On the screen of my laptop was information telling me a direct […]

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Sustaining, Growth Mindset & the “November Blues”

A Teach-for-America blogger has just put up a post about what she calls the “November Blues.” While this blogger may or may not have a Fixed Mindset (SMART Strengths, chapter 8) she writes a paragraph that captures something of the fixed end of this belief pattern: “I’ve been living under constant stress of getting evaluated […]

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