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Podcast with Dr. Ryan Niemiec

Dr. Ryan Niemiec on Can You Put Your Strengths To Work?

Today’s Guest:

Dr. Ryan Niemiec is a leading figure in the education, research, and practice of character strengths that are found in all human beings. He is Education Director of the VIA Institute on Character, a global, nonprofit organization.  He is an award-winning psychologist and adjunct professor at Xavier University, an annual instructor at The University of Pennsylvania.  He is a frequent speaker and workshop leader on positive psychology topics around the world. His latest book is Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners.

In this conversation, you will hear Ryan talk about how your character strengths are the fuel that makes our other strengths rise. Ryan talks about ways to identify and develop your strengths at work each day and the behavioral traps that can bring your strengths unstuck.

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You’ll Learn:

  • [02:12] – Ryan starts the conversation by explaining what a strength is.
  • [03:36] – Over 5 million people have measured their strengths by using the wonderful VIA Character Survey.
  • [04:24] – Ryan talks about The Power Zone of Strengths.
  • [07:35] – Ryan explains what he has found around subsets of our character strengths.  
  • [10:39] – Ryan discusses the idea of taking middle strengths and moving them up.  
  • [14:38] – Ryan selects three of his favorite strengths and interventions from his latest book.  He talks about subtract signature strength, appreciation, and alignment.
  • [21:00] – In his book, Ryan shares behavioral traps around developing our strengths.  He shares some words of caution. He talks about trying to immediately apply a concept and the need to be flexible in this work.
  • [23:35] – The Lightning Round with Ryan Niemiec.

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