Starting the Year Strong Part 4: Book Reports & Strengths Building

There are a host of different ways we teach and talk strengths in our household. Given my profession, I have a lot to say about it. But one way we encourage our children to grow and develop is through book reports.We offer suggested titles authored by authors we respect and our teenage children choose the book they want to dive into. When they finish, they draft a book report to share with the family about what they learned.

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Brandon Miller
An Unlikely Canvas

Every year I attend the World Strengths Summit and rub shoulders with several colleagues from around the world who engage organizations, as I do, to shift the focus of their developmental strategy to a strengths-based approach. At the most recent Summit, I was speaking with one of my “mates”…..

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Brandon Miller
Give the Gift of Strengths this Holiday Season

We were so blessed to take the Clifton StrengthsFinder several years ago. It felt like someone had followed us around and knew our thoughts. Rooted in five decades of research, the StrengthsFinder is an online test that measures the presence of talent in 34 general strength categories. Here’s a little more about it so you can take it for yourself.

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Brandon Miller
Search For the Shine

Benjamin Zander, is a famous orchestra conductor and he says, “I have a definition of success. For me, it's very simple. It's not about wealth and fame and power. It's about how many shining eyes I have around me.” He describes shining eyes as the look in the face of his musicians when they find the thing they love………

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Brandon Miller
Stop Trying to be Fair

When I was young, my Mom used to say, “Mr. Fair is dead.” What she meant was that each of us siblings were different. No two of us were wired similarly nor were we motivated by the same things. She figured out what it has taken countless years of research to convince others of - people are different and equal treatment can actually be detrimental!

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The Better Carrot

Have you heard of the “carrot and stick” approach for motivating people? It is essentially saying you can use rewards or penalties to motivate others to achieve desired outcomes.


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Brandon Miller