From my Organizational Psychology education at MSPP and various presentations I have attended over the last year, I have learned about the importance of positive psychology. I am happy to see how prominent it is becoming in psychology, and its gradual move into the business world. It gives us the opportunity to let go of what isn’t working, and focus our energy on what is working. Some highlights include learning about Marcus Buckingham and his belief in focusing on strengths, learning and using Appreciative Inquiry, and attending an incredible presentation by Tal Ben-Shahar through HRLF. These are people and tools that are definitely worth learning about if you’re not already aware of them.

When I am career coaching, I help my clients identify their strengths and what they enjoy to do (ideally, they are one and the same!), and then help them find a career where they can use these the majority of the time. We all have to spend some time partaking in activities that are considered our “weaknesses”, but it’s important to spend most of our time using our strengths. This ensures that we are energized and engaged in the workplace, and don’t waste time working in areas where we may never excel.

Have you taken the time to identify your strengths? How often do you get to use them during the workday?

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