Discover Your Strengths

  What if you understood the secret to loving your work more, no matter what you do for a living? What if you found a way to use your strengths so even the most mundane tasks became enjoyable? Discover three questions that will help you uncover your real strengths, the biggest mistake people make when it comes to using their strengths at work and how to use your strengths to improve even the most challenging relationships. Ever since the 1970’s when Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener traveled across the USA facing backward in his parents’ station wagon he has been fascinated by seeing the world from a fresh perspective. This extends to his scientific study of happiness. As a researcher Dr. Biswas-Diener spent a decade looking for happiness in unusual places: among sex workers in Kolkata, in homeless shelters in California, and among Amish farmers in the Midwest. He is the author of numerous books including The Upside of Your Dark Side, a book that argues that we must embrace distress and discomfort to be whole, happy, and successful and The Strengths Book: Be Confident, Be Successful, and Enjoy Better Relationships by Realising the Best of You.

The Tipping Point

  Can you name your top five talents? If you can, do you know what the most successful employees and managers do differently to put these talents to work each day? Discover the key difference between your talents and your strengths, what the very best managers do differently when it comes to managing people with a strengths-base focus and why organisations are reaching a tipping point when it comes to creating a culture that celebrates individuals strengths. Dr. Shane Lopez is a Senior Scientist at Gallup and Research Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute, where he leads research on the links between hope, strengths development, academic success, and overall well-being and collaborates with scholars around the world on these issues. He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters and he has edited or authored seven books including the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology.

Strengths vs. Weaknesses

  Do you know the difference between the strengths you’re good at and enjoy doing and the ones you’re good at but don’t enjoy doing so much? And when your boss or colleagues point out your weaknesses, how do you handle the feedback? Should you try to fix what’s wrong with you or are you wasting your time and energy? Discover why some of our strengths shouldn’t ever be used at work, what we really should be doing with our weaknesses, the simple 3-step process to holding a strengths intervention with your team and which of our strengths delivers the greatest return when it comes to our success and happiness. Dr. Alex Linley is the CEO of Capp, the strengths experts. He is recognised internationally as a leading expert on positive psychology and its applications. In practice, Alex works as an organisational consultant bringing to bear his expertise and practical insight in the applications of strengths psychology to organisational development and people practices. He has written, co-written, or edited more than 150 research papers and book chapters, and seven books, including Positive Psychology in Practice and The Strengths Book, a #1 bestseller in the Human Resource Management category. He is currently Co-Editor of the International Coaching Psychology Review and his work has been published in leading journals and media outlets around the world.

Putting Your Strengths To Work

  Do you have the chance to do what you do best each day at work – no matter what your job description says? In this interview uncover the three simple steps anyone can take to start using their character strengths more at work; discover which strengths you might want to cultivate to improve motivation, performance and relationship at work; and get clear on just how many strengths you want to have in play when it comes to help you avoid burn out. Dr. Claudia Harzer is a professor in psychology at the University of Kassel in Germany where her research interests include positive psychology in the workplace, psychological assessments such as the VIA (Values In Action) Survey and their impact on our work and on our lives, and how our personality and individual differences shape these outcomes. The recipient of numerous awards Claudia has published a growing body of research on how character strengths impact our work.