Research Supports The Strength-Based Student

strength student talent Jun 25, 2019

Life is about drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient information.  How are we supposed to know the best way to invest our educational years? How is someone supposed to select a major and career and, potentially, assume thousands of dollars of educational debt in the process when a person doesn’t even know what they want to be when they grow up?

This is what college advisors help with day after day. Research conducted on focus groups of 21 advisors provide useful insight.

Identify your strengths and then build your life around them. Researchers at the University of Minnesota (Krista M. Soria, et all, NACADA Journal: 2017, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp. 55-65.) studied over 5,000 students and made the following observations:  

  • Students who employ a strengths-based approach experience increased engagement, confidence and sense of belonging
  • Post-college, these same students find great benefits in work-life beyond college such as higher job satisfaction, commitment to...
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The Strength-Based Student

strength student talent May 27, 2019

How do you provide students with the right tools to succeed?

Here’s how a panel of students who have applied the strength based student content explain how it has influenced their daily lives, as well as their future career/academic paths. The students interviewed have been part of a community program YPI (Youth Philanthropy Initiative). This program, follows the strength based student curriculum, gives students the opportunity to play a direct role in making a financial grant to a local, grassroots social service organization in their own community.  To highlight a few of the topics covered in these classes are:

  • Student orientation
  • Career development
  • Internship and interview preparation
  • Graduate school planning
  • Leadership development

Based on the students experiences with this material, we asked them: What might lead to someone being a strength based student?  Here are four students individual responses.

Nathan graduated from High School in 2014 and just...

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How One Executive Director Uses Positive Leadership to Develop Community

Uncategorized Apr 26, 2019

Jennifer Downing, Executive Director of Leadership SouthCoast, shares her experience using the Positive Leadership Curriculum. She explains how using the material provides her program participants with new applications as they take Positive Leadership initiatives in their communities.

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Betty Cary, A Lifetime of Positive Leadership

positive leadership Apr 12, 2019

How Synchronizing Clocks is an Act of Positive Leadership

by Phylinda

Every morning Betty Cary made the rounds in one of her beloved communities quietly synchronizing each clock in the school.

Betty was an integral part of the community at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1941 until her death in 2015. This means that for over 70 years, which adds up to be over 25,000 days of her life, Betty was a positive leader in her community.

Her daughter Dorothy recalls that her mother had an absolute sense of time, and believes Betty’s care of time sourced from the same wellspring as everything else in her life: consideration for others. Dorothy said her mother led a quiet, contained life in her communities. She loved all of her communities and cultivated them her whole life. So why the clocks?

Betty knew the value of time, was deeply considerate of other’s time. She understood that taking action to sync the clocks would result in a smooth transition...

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How Authenticity Shapes Professional Development

Uncategorized Mar 29, 2019

In this interview, Nicole Howard shares how she deliberately engaged in the T2S Master Class to increase personal thriving and to shape her professional practice. 

Nicole Howard is a Strength-Based Coach, Music & Film Enthusiast, and Lifestyle Branding Photographer extraordinaire. Visit her instagram: @flowlifeimages


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How to Smash a World Record

strengths talents Mar 07, 2019

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to beat a world record?  We had the chance to interview world record holder Caleb McEvoy about his experience. He officially holds the world record for solving the most Rubik’s cubes while riding a unicycle. It might surprise you to learn that Caleb was only 15 years old when he conquered this record.

Caleb’s process is a perfect example of how aligning your talents with activities you enjoy, combined with gaining knowledge and practice can lead to mastery.  

His official entry in the Guinness World Records reads: "The most Rubik’s cubes solved on a unicycle is 250, achieved by Caleb McEvoy (America) in Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea, on 31 March 2018. Caleb spent over 2 hours 35 minutes on his unicycle whilst achieving his record."

Like most teenagers Caleb enjoys foods like “pizza, chicken, ice-cream and chocolate.” And like most teenagers, he is just looking for things to do that he enjoys. He is...

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How One Team Member Connects Her Talents to Her Areas of Strength

Uncategorized Feb 15, 2019

Molly Johnston is Talent2Strength's Director of Communications, and has been with T2S since August 2018. She enjoys working for T2S and helping our company grow. In this article, we talk to Molly about how her involvement in helping run her family business, and her past experience working with the general public. Molly has spent years working in government and medical positions, which has helped develop her areas of strength.

Molly lives on a small farm in Oklahoma where they have cows, chickens, horses etc. She and her husband have a business in construction and they have three girls under the age of 7. When she is not spending her time working for T2S she is focusing on juggling her other roles of mother, wife, running a business, and helping tend to the animals. Molly's top 5 themes are: Individualization, Focus, Empathy, Responsibility, and Developer. Over the course of connecting to her talents, Molly has realized just how energized she is by her relationships. She continues to...

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AP Life


A Reason To Feel Good About Our Leaders of Tomorrow 

Anna says participants called their Youth Philanthropy Initiative program, "AP (Advanced Placement) Life because it was like this little incubator for living out the Positive Leadership and Talent2Strength model while getting to learn about philanthropy, and execute a really cool project with funding, which not a lot of high school students have the opportunity to do."

In this interview, Anna Bebermeyer talks about the impact that the Positive Leadership and Talent2Strength curriculum has had on her life so far. Anna is a senior at the University of Tulsa (TU), and was a participant in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative when she was in high school. She is currently a Teaching Assistant for the Presidential Leaders Fellowship and College Philanthropy Initiative at TU. 

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Meryl shares how T2S Master Class Changed Her Life

interview trainer vlog Jan 24, 2019

An interview with Meryl Naisby coach and strengths trainer shares her experience with T2S Master class and what it has meant to her.

Meryl's Top 5 are:


If you are interested in learning more about the course Meryl is referencing, our next start date is Feb. 21, 2019. Click here to learn more about the T2S Train-the-Trainer  and contact us if you would like to talk over if this course is a good fit for your needs. 


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Expressing Gratitude

 by Phylinda 

A few years ago I testified at a murder trial. The murder was a senseless tragedy and the evidence resulted in a conviction (the suspect left his cell phone and DNA at the scene. There were witnesses.) It was a memorable experience, but what really stood out to me was how the detectives and District Attorney went out of their way to make sure I was okay, and made me feel safe in what could’ve been a difficult, dehumanizing situation. They were kind even though they were exhausted. The detectives who escorted me to the courtroom had already been up 24 straight hours or more working another case. When the trial was over, I left a voicemail to thank the D.A. and the detectives for their work. I said how they handled the case, and thanked them for their hard work. I was surprised when he called me back. He said that in his 20 years of practice I was the only person from the general public to express gratitude for his work. He said how much the phone call...

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