Posts Tagged ‘Optimism’

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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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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Deep Patterns of Happiness

When we teach SMART Strengths skills, strengths are generally “easy” to teach and the cognitive skills (Flexible & Accurate Thinking, Mindsets) are “hard”.  (Goal setting is also hard, but not like the cognitive skills, and the Relationship Skills are easier. Appreciative Questioning is easier on an interpersonal level than as a process for groups.) Participants like strengths, […]

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Learning Always Requires Hard Work

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my Dad’s admonition to Work Hard and Have a Good Time. But, sometimes as we watch others, it doesn’t seem that way. It seems they learn easily. Let’s consider why. Pretend you have been assigned to write a few paragraphs about the following prompt: “It is not true […]

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You Can’t Hit What You Can’t See!

I have two sons, both of whom enjoy shooting skeet. They are both good shots. I, on the other hand, am a terrible shot. So, thinking that I might get to spend more time with my boys – and enjoy myself more – if I were a better shot, I decided to take lessons. I signed […]

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Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly on Learning, Performing & Mistakes

(Specific SMART Strengths tips based on this post were included in our most recent newsletter – sign up here and we will send you a copy!) Brian Kelly, third year coach at Notre Dame, is poised to lead the Irish to the NCAA National Championship game on January 7th, 2013. Last summer, just before training camp started […]

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