Posts Tagged ‘signature strengths’

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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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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“Yeah, but … doesn’t everyone?”

Last week we looked at the fact that often there will be at least one strength in your list that will make you go, “Huh, I hadn’t thought of that.” However, for most folks when they look at their strengths report, whether from the VIA or Gallup’s StrengthsFinder , most of the top strengths will […]

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Strengths that make you go, “Huh?”

Most individuals, when they first see a report from a strengths instrument such as the Values in Action (VI A) Inventory of Strengths or the Gallup Strengthsfinder, will have at least one strength in the top few that makes them go, “Huh?” For me, this was the strength of forgiveness and mercy. I have three […]

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