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Monday, December 10, 2012

The VIA® Institute on Character

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The VIA® Institute on Character

A thread on the VIA Strength Assessment Tool came across my POD listserv this morning – a tool used in consulting with individual faculty on teaching issues. The VIA® Institute on Character was established as a non-profit organization in 2001. They have an interesting mission – to advance both the science and the practice of character and fill the world with greater virtue (more wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence). The free VIA Survey they offer has been taken by over 1.3 million people in over 40 countries and 17 languages.
VIA advocates their program for people who wish to use their strengths to improve their personal lives and to build better workplaces, schools and teams – with a support approach that includes coaches, therapists, educators, managers, consultants, health care professionals and others, and providing in-depth reports, specialized training, free speaker series, and resources such as videos, articles, and best practices.
Have any of you used this tool? I’d be interested in hearing about your experiences – and I am going to do some more research on this Institute and its work.


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