We are very excited to release our book trailer and share it with you. As we eagerly anticipate the book launch we hope that this video gives you a sneak peak into the motive and essence of our book “Play to Their Strengths”.Read More
We decided to carve out some time this month as a family for each person to consider where they are now and where they want to be at the end of 2019. Brandon and I had done this personally but wanted to extend the exercise to our children.Read More
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.Read More
As we orient ourselves to start the year strong, it helps to gain perspective from the people most impacted by our parenting, our kids. If your children are school age or older, the following exercise could prove invaluable to understanding how your parenting approach is impacting the relationship with your kids and subsequent influence you have in their life.
We have a natural caregiver in our family. It’s our job as Madeline’s parents to recognize and encourage the strength and passion she is showing. We have three cats in our home, and they are Madeline’s babies.Read More
As we spend time speaking with parents, either in our living room, in a boardroom, or at a doctor’s office, we find many parents are challenged with the reality of losing touch with their adolescent kids.
We’ve been there.Read More
It’s that time of the year again. We spend a few minutes reflecting on the highs and lows, wins and losses of 2018 and look ahead to with hopes, dreams, and goals for 2019. As parents, it is a particularly great time to consider some new parenting goals to go with the new year.
As parents we are constantly looking for ways to engage our kids. We are battling a myriad of distractions for our children’s attention. There are some life lessons, valuable activities………..
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”…..
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.Read More
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………Read More
Analyn and I have a passion for parenting because we believe every family can have a joy filled home that offers hope and successfully launches productive young adults into the world.Read More
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!Read More
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.
Recently, my eleven year old son David and I were talking about his day at school. The conversation went like this:Read More
My wife, Analyn, and I married young and had three children by the age of 22. As young
parents we followed a traditional, hierarchal leadership approach to parenting.
Benjamin Zander, conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra said “I have a definition of success. For me, it's very simple...”Read More