Build On Your Strengths To Strengthen Others
Source: University of Michigan (Ross)
You can't walk into a conference these days without bumping into a speaker who is trumpeting the value of building on your strengths. It's easy to understand why this message resonates. "Build on your strengths" sounds like one of those alternative schools where people painted or sang and danced all day instead of memorizing dates in history or taking pre-algebra. Who wouldn't rather sing and dance? The logic of build on your strengths comes from outstanding work by Martin Seligman, who with his colleagues defined and shaped the field of positive psychology. Instead of focusing on what is wrong with individuals, they emphasize what is right.