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Playing to Your Strengths:  Practical Ways to Boost your energy, wellbeing and impact


Course Title

Playing to Your Strengths: Practical Ways to Boost Your Energy, Wellbeing, and Impact

Course Number

ISCA 502

Course Overview

Are you playing to your strengths?

The aim of this course is to help participants understand and use their unique strengths in ways that boost their energy, wellbeing, and impact.

Knowing how to make the most of your unique strengths helps you focus on the things you do well and enjoy. This doesn't just benefit you, but also the people and groups you live, work, and volunteer with.


Research shows that a strengths focus helps you...

  • Strengthen Yourself - By understanding what motivates you, you'll be happier, more confident and achieve your goals easier.
  • Strengthen Your Work - By doing more of what you love, you'll be more engaged, perform better, and be more productive.
  • Strengthen Your Relationships - When you work on the right things with people, relationships and communication improve.

B.3. Responsibilities to Self

  • e. Engage in professional development and personal growth throughout their careers. 

  • f. Monitor their emotional and physical health and practice wellness to ensure optimal professional effectiveness.

B.2. Responsibilities to the School

  • a. Develop and maintain professional relationships and systems of communication with faculty, staff and administrators to support students.

  • d. Provide leadership to create systemic change to enhance the school.

Intended Audience

This course is relevant for all adults working in an international or independent school setting. The exercises will enable all participants to apply their learning to their particular context.

Essential Questions

How might I use my unique strengths more effectively to boost my energy, personal wellbeing and professional impact? 

Knowledge

Skills

Participants will know:

Participants will be able to:

  • The research supporting a strengths-focus for increasing energy, wellbeing, and impact
  • The VIA Classification of Character Strengths

  • The Strengths Profile Model of Development

    • Use Realized Strengths Wisely

    • Use Unrealized Strengths More

    • Use Learned Behaviors When Needed

    • Use Weaknesses Less

  • “Notice and Name” strengths in themselves and others

  • Plan how to use their strengths to boost their energy, wellbeing, and impact in everyday life and work

  • Understand and influence how their strengths-use is perceived by others

  • Apply their strengths strategically to achieve personal, professional, and organizational goals

  • Handle challenging people and situations with strengths-based reframing techniques to improve communication and collaboration


About the Facilitator


Kristin Lowe is a former international school teacher now working as an Organizational Psychologist and Certified Positive Psychology Coach. She helps international school educators build a positive school culture through strengths-based personal and team development, positive peer coach training, and schoolwide Positive Education programs. 


Kristin is the Visible Wellbeing Partnership Leader at American School of The Hague, and she is the founder of the Positivity Playground, a global peer coaching network supporting adult wellbeing in international schools around the world.



Dates and times of offerings

Cohort 1: February 10, February 24, March 10, and March 24 2022 @ 8:00am GMT - 11:00am GMT


Contact hours

Twelve (12) Professional Development Hours
(4x 3-hour workshops)

Time commitment between sessions

Before starting the course, participants will need to complete 1 hour of pre-work.


After workshops 1, 2, and 3, participants will need to complete 1 hour of individual reflective homework/pre-work in order to be prepared for the following session.


Peer coaching conversation guides will be provided for participants who would like to meet with a fellow learner between workshops to share their learning and coach each other around growth objectives. These conversations are optional but encouraged.



Required Resource(s)


References

Relevant research and recommended resources will be provided in the course workbook.

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