Posts Tagged ‘VIA’

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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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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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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“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-Surfing the Web

Here are a couple of VIA Strengths items we found on the web recently: Character Strengths & the Common Core: Thoughts about utilizing the VIA Strengths by a young teacher, Dave Stuart, Jr., who is also purposefully exploring the Comon Core State Standards. Dave notes that the Standards “intentionally leave out any mention of non-academic skills needed […]

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