Excerpt from the article:
On the last day, a group of five or six attendees gathered to watch CiPP alum Giselle Marzo Segura demonstrate her Strength Clusters toolbox, including the Strength Clusters mat. First, she invited each person to choose a strength that they had used in accomplishing something, and gave them a card representing that strength.
Peter, a member of the group, was asked to share why he had chosen creativity. He described how he had
helped a team come up with a novel solution to a problem at work. The rest of us were asked to observe which strengths we heard as we listened to his story. One by one, we offered him a card. Cards for kindness, love, judgment, humanity, and social intelligence were thrust into his hand. After just a minute, he was clutching a pile of strengths cards.
Peter was holding his strengths in the palm of his hand. He shared with us that he felt acknowledged, recognized, and affirmed—by complete strangers.
Next, Giselle asked each person to take a place on the mat, standing on a strength that they use every day. Once we’d done so, Giselle pointed out that, although we had all chosen different strengths, we were standing close together. Despite our differences, our strengths unite us and allow us to complement each other.
Next, everyone chose a strength they admire and would like to have more of (a friend of mine calls this “strengths envy”). During this exercise, there were happy collisions, hugs, and laughter, as the members of the group joyfully shared strengths with one another.
In only a few minutes, a group of strangers had become a community, sharing a moment in time that was focused on the good. This is the power of strengths—and it is a key to the power of positive education.
Do you know your strengths?