Strengths-based Approach to Academics- Achiever

31 July 2016
Strengths-based Approach to Academics "Knowledge consists of the facts and lessons learned. Skills are the steps of an activity. These three- talents, knowledge, and skills- combine to create your strengths." -Donald O. Clifton, father of Strengths-based Psychology as well as the developer of the eponymous Clifton StrengthsFinder- Gallup's online psychological assessment. DO WHAT YOU DO BEST EVERY DAY And that for a 15 year old secondary school youth would mean excelling in school. The power of leveraging on one's strengths to achieve his goals is that not only is he more engaged in his work, but more likely to be productive Continue Reading

Strengths-Based-Approach to Cyber Wellness

28 July 2016
Strengths-Based-Approach to Cyber Wellness In 2015, Kingmaker Consultancy Pte. Ltd. trained five 15-year old students with StrengthsTransform™ Personal Mastery programme for 4 sessions. They completed their StrengthsFinder profile, explored how their talent themes showed up in what they do on the Internet, and explored ways to diversify for cyber-wellness. During the 1st ASEAN Strengths Education Summit (2016), the candidates were profiled for how the programme has transformed their lives. Deficit Model of Psychology & Intervention The five youths would have been classified as Problematic or Pathological Internet Users using existing instruments based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM V). They were spending Continue Reading

The Art & Science of Parenting in the Digital Age – Who Watches Over Your Kids?

01 November 2015
"Holiday time is YouTube time!" In a survey of 460 upper primary students, it was found that the screen time spent on YouTube exceeded those for video games and social media. Videos are definitely the preferred content for both boys and girls in primary school! A quick check with any child quickly reveals some recurring interests: Korean Dramas, Running Man Video Game Guides “Watch what your children are watching over YouTube!” While these are mostly healthy, many parents are also concerned because it is so easy to find other inappropriate and harmful content. Harmful content may give children certain ideas Continue Reading

Called-to-Coach: Poh Yeang Cherng

13 October 2015

Why Strengths-Transformation?

12 October 2015
  Strengths discovery is an exciting journey for most people who take the Clifton StrengthsFinder - Genuine surprise with the accuracy of the report; awed by the detail to which it describes one's inner thoughts and feelings, and the almost unerring prediction of one's behaviour. For the few with the opportunity to have a Strengths Coach unpack the report, the wonder is usually multiplied as one senses the impact this realisation can have on their lives. Surely this must be THE best profiling tool ever. Yet for probably 95% of people who take the instrument, the enthusiasm is likely to gradually wane Continue Reading

Called-to-Coach: Tan Hee Guan

03 October 2015

The Art & Science of Parenting in the Digital Age – “Can I Trust What I Find on the Internet?”

01 October 2015
Everything can be found on the Internet! Learning to search the Internet is a very important skill for young people. There is so much knowledge in the world today and most of it can be found in ONE place – the Internet! From web pages to forums, social media sites, Pinterest groups, blogs, videos, the Internet is full of information! Even if one types a question into a social media site, many people will probably reply with help (they call it “crowd sourcing”). Everyone can search – It is easy! Just type anything into any search bar, and one can Continue Reading

The Art & Science of Parenting in the Digital Age – Managing Distractions from Social Media​

01 September 2015
YouTube Children love the endless choices they have on the platform. From games & music videos to Running Man, there are so much to look forward to. And you do not have to search very hard! Recommendations, special channels, email alerts are pushed to every user. We are entertained whenever, wherever and whatever! “There is never a boring moment nor an end to the show!” WhatsApp Who can resist the excitement of chatting with friends & classmates, sharing jokes and videos, all through the FREE app? Group chats help children stay in touch. Every WhatsApp alert sends a shot of excitement and makes us wonder Continue Reading