The Art of Strengths Coaching

C is for Choice Therapy

This article provides an introduction to Choice Therapy. Such an approach is strongly influenced by existential psychology, reality therapy, logotherapy and the work of some self help groups. This piece shows how a practitioner Read more

B is for Beating The Double Bind

Have you ever been in a double bind? This is a situation in which – no matter what you do – you seem bound to lose.

Double binds cause great pain in the family Read more

C is for Consuming and Creating

There are many ways that people choose to live life. One approach is to see people as living systems who must balance consuming and creating.

This is not just about food. If a person Read more

V is for Following Your Vocation

There are many ways to do positive work. This article focuses on how to follow your vocation. The ideas can also be applied when helping other people to do satisfying work.

A person’s vocation Read more

W is for Asking ‘What?’ rather than ‘Why?’

This is a slightly controversial piece. The reason I have written it is because I have seen the negative effects of parents, teachers and others asking critical ‘Why?’ questions.

Certainly it is possible to Read more

Z is for Recognising Where You Quickly See ‘Z’

Peak performers see the destination quickly. When entering the situation in which they excel, they quickly see the potential picture of success. They go ‘A, B … and then leap to … Z’.

The Read more

W is for Win-Win Solutions

Imagine that you have been asked to help people to resolve differences between them.

This could be a married couple that are experiencing difficulties, departments that are blaming each other or some other kinds Read more

W is for Warning Signs

Peak performers love working hard, but they must also heed warning signs. Different people get different symptoms when events get out of control.

They may get headaches, forget appointments, get acne, neglect Read more

V is for Living The Vital Life rather than The Vanilla Life

Gordon Mackenzie, author of Orbiting the Giant Hairball, inspired many people to revitalise their creativity whilst working with corporations.

He believed it was vital to retain the juiciness of life. If you don’t watch Read more

T is for Transformational, Turnaround And Transactional Leaders

Imagine you are a leader. Depending on your strengths, you may thrive in certain types of leadership situations, but not in others.

How to identify the situations in which you are more likely to Read more