Posts Tagged ‘Character Strengths’

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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Michael Makes a Plan: SMART Strengths and LIFT, Question 4

This post concludes our consideration of how the SMART Strengths skills can help with asking and answering the four questions that the Ryan and Robert Quinn suggest in Lift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation. The four questions are: What result do I want to create? What would my story be if I were […]

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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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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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Sustaining through the School Year and Shadow Sides

Dalton Goodier has a candid post about the effects of his competitive streak on his ability to sustain. It is well worth reading, and we encourage you to drop over and see what Dalton had to say. This post got us here at SMART Strengths thinking about how the shadow sides of strengths can affect […]

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Resilience, Character, & Seeing Schools as a Collection of Classrooms

  The idea for this post came from veroskk’s post, “Cheesyness, Culture, and Calculators.” She is a young science teacher in the Mississippi Delta whose vision for her classroom’s culture this year is: “Students leave my classroom with the confidence to follow their dreams; the courage to fail, get up, and try again; the compassion to support and love others; and […]

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SMART Strengths Lessons – Sounder

The SMART Strengths approach focuses on helping adults deepen their own understanding and practice of the SMART Strengths skills, then letting those adults – parents, teachers, and coaches – take those skills to the youth in their lives in appropriate ways. In the class room, that can include education. Marty Seligman in Flourish suggests that a school which seeks “positive […]

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Leadership in School Systems

The action I am most proud of from my time on the School Board in Nashville is sponsoring a move by our district toward teacher-led instructional improvement in 1999. We used  The Teaching Gapby Stigler and Hiebert as a model. We got off to a great start. The superintendent supported the move; he was already looking […]

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