Facing our Weaknesses

In his book, Go Put Your Strengths to Work, Marcus Buckingham suggests exploring one's strengths using what he calls the SIGN method—success, instinct, growth, and need. Success—Ask yourself these questions: Have I had a level of…

How Do You View Your Strengths?

I coach people for a living as a PCC – Professional Certified Coach and GALLUP-Certified Strengths Coach. And in every case, I have a simple goal: to help my client achieve a personal and professional breakthrough. In my view, nothing…

Use What Makes You Different to Make a Difference

One of my favorite quotes says “What makes you STRONG sometimes makes you STRANGE. What makes you STRANGE, also makes you STANDOUT.” Give that a minute to sink in. Most of us don’t want to think of as strange but we do want to be strong,…

What is a Talent and a Strength?

I'm a father of two—a daughter and a son—and it amazes me how their personalities are so different. Tara early in childhood seemed to enjoy spontaneity and loathed routine. She disliked structure and would rather go with the flow. Her #1…

Calling on Strengths to Get Out of Debt

Americans have more credit card debt than ever before. According to the Federal Reserve, U.S. households collectively hold over a trillion dollars in credit card debt. The average American family owes $8,377. In talking with one of my coaching…

Do You Know What is Expected of You At Work?

Do I know what is expected of me at work? Everyone’s initial reaction is – of course I know what is expected of me at work, I do it every day.  It does seem like a pretty simple and straightforward question but is it? What was I hired to…

Strengths and Self-Actualization

After studying Sigmund Freud, Abraham Maslow developed a different type of psychology—a “healthy” psychology, as he deemed it. In fact he was the first to use the term "Positive Psychology". Positive Psychology is part of the roots of…

Using Your Strengths to Live Richer

Monetize Your Strengths—This phase is often one of the most exciting, especially for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and executive teams looking to use their strengths in the workplace. Living richer means turning your strengths into…

When Management is Broken

I was recently talking with a friend of mine about engagement in the workplace.  She shared with me that in all her years of working she was more disengaged than she has ever been. She is not alone.  According to the Gallup State of the American…