“May your strengths be with you!” And they will be, with these playful Strength Cards stickers, perfect for using as reminders of the strengths we already have—or of new strengths we want to practise.
Used by family workers, teachers, counsellors, trainers and parents worldwide, the Strength Cards stickers are ideal for helping people ‘hang on’ to their strengths and skills, express appreciation, offer encouragement and break the ice at workshops and conferences.
- Use stickers on letters, memos, newsletters, walls, doors and staff room fridges to raise questions or acknowledge strengths and achievements.
- Give each child get the opportunity to be ‘Star of the Week’ and have their peers choose stickers to represent the strengths they see.
- Create awards certificates or report cards that incorporate the stickers.
- Congratulate students or colleagues on their strengths using stickers on name tags, mugs and folders.
- Encourage your children to practice different strengths by choosing a sticker for each day.
- Teachers: use stickers on reports and to appreciate children’s work.
- Create family trees by identifying a strength for each member of the family.
Stickers may be little, but they say a lot about how we acknowledge and celebrate strengths in our schools, families and communities. Say ‘Thanks’, ‘Congratulations’, ‘Good Work’ and ‘We Appreciate You’ with a splash of sticker colour!
Stories and Reviews
‘Strengths in the Accounts Department,’ (SOON, June 2013)
I used to work for the Seventh Day Adventist Church in their Regional Office for New Zealand and the Pacific. They held worship every morning and when it was my turn to lead, I tried to make worship as imaginative as possible. On this particular day I decided to use the Strength Cards and their stickers. However, only the Accounts Department staff showed up. These were the people who locked their office at 4pm and provided no service after that time, the type who insisted on a receipt for every $2. Flexibility is not their strength. I was sure that I had chosen the wrong activity for this difficult crowd. But with no time to change, I pushed forward, laid out the Strength Cards and began to play, holding my breath…
As we went round the circle, they named each other’s strengths and then gave stickers with kindness and love. Behind those doors was a group of people who functioned as a team and respected each other. The stickers didn’t show them their strengths—they already knew how much they appreciated each other—but the stickers showed me.
That was six years ago. The stickers are still on their computers. It taught me that a conversation about strengths is for absolutely everyone, and the stickers are great memories of awesome conversations that people hold onto …for years and years!
Kylie Ward, Leadership Coach, Sycamore Lane, NSW