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Podcast Episode 012: An Ordinary Life

TheStrengthsRevolution_albumart_2-2An ordinary life is an exceptional life in so many ways, particularly if we devote some time to reflecting on who we really are, what we are good at, and what we want out of our normal lives. So, can the idea of a Strengths Assessment as derived from health and social care services apply to everyone else who has nothing to do with being in need of or delivering such services?

Lets leave the idea of paperwork tools and unnecessary bureaucracy in its rightful place (the bin?). The concept is perfectly applicable to all of us when we think of it as our own informal subconscious way of adapting our personal values and principles to situations we find ourselves in throughout our lives. A strengths approach can provide a guide to the path we follow, whether that is a rocky rooad or a smooth highway at different points in time.

Thinking about and applying our strengths happens in every situation… moving home, changing jobs, developing new relationships or bringing up children. We draw on our accumulated experiences and resources, as well as taking a few risks along the journey.

We don’t normally confront a challenge by seeking out and applying our weaknesses. We actually draw on what we can do, what we are good at, apply our skills, adapt to circumstances, and call on others with the necessary expertise to help us accomplish the challenge. We work to our strengths!

For the full content of this episode click on the following links for iTunes and Sound Cloud (or go to Stitcher Radio):

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/strengths-revolution-steve/id867043694

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/012-an-ordinary-life/id867043694?i=315238335&mt=2

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” [George Eliot].

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Podcast Episode 009: Strength out of adversity

TheStrengthsRevolution_albumart_2-2Death has a strange way of focusing us on the good times, on the positive experiences of the deceased, whatever the bigger picture may have looked like. In this episode Steve reflects on the recent sudden death of his ex-wife, but this is more of an emotional tribute to the ways in which the two children of the former marriage cope with difficult circumstances. In adversity we can sometimes draw on a well of personal strengths and qualities that we may have been unaware even existed. There are many way in which we identify and use our strengths.

For the full content of this episode click on the following links to iTunes (also available on Stitcher Radio and Sound Cloud):

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/strengths-revolution-steve/id867043694

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/009-strength-out-of-adversity/id867043694?i=313470880&mt=2

“While I thought I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.: [Leonardo da Vinci].

“The idea is to die young as late as possible.” [Ashley Montagu].

Podcast episode 001: Introducing the Strengths Revolution

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We don’t spend enough time identifying and working with our personal qualities and strengths, but we all have them.

We all have talents, abilities, capabilities, desires, motivations and wishes.

Our strengths underpin our abilitiy to take risks and make decisions.

As an approach in health and social care the concept emerged through Social Workers in the University of Kansas in the early 1980’s.

As a focus for successful businesses worldwide the study of strengths has been a key programme for the Gallup organisation for several decades.

The approach applies equally to individual clients, employees, teams and organisation-wide.

For the full episode of this post go to:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/strengths-revolution-steve/id867043694

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/001-introducing-strengths/id867043694?i=305161324&mt=2

“If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as uninhibited rather than unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.” [Barbara Bush].