My name is Brandon McWilliams and I am the Executive Director of Men With Dreams. Here at MwD we are very excited about 2018 and what it has to offer. In this blog I will touch base on one of the biggest changes that we have coming this year. **Drum Roll Please** This year MwD will become a strength based organization! You may be wondering, what does this mean? Don’t worry, by the end of this reading you will have a better understanding.
To start I will give you a brief history on how Strength Finders started. Strength Finders was started by a man named Don Clifton who is now known as the father of “positive psychology”. Mr. Clifton noticed that we live in a world where we like to identify what is ‘wrong’ with people and try to fix them, rather than figuring out what is ‘right’ about them and helping them grow in what they are good at. When it comes to working with people there is no “one size fits all” program because, we all experience the world differently. Don Clifton understood this thus, beginning his research and creating the Clifton Strengths Finders assessment. This assessment helps others (including myself) identify their strengths and helping make sense of how they operate in and experience the world.
Strength Finders helps people build confidence and improve performance simply because they have a better understanding of themselves. Understanding yourself and the people around you can help strengthen relationships, work environments, parenting skills, and overall personal achievement. Positive psychology is a way to help people view what they do best, practice their skills and master them, only to become the best versions of themselves.
On the flip side of this there is Men With Dreams. MwD was created to help students identify a dream and assist them in making a plan on how to get there. Programs encouraged students to identify their dreams based off of their passions or “what they are already good at”. Strength Finders and MwD compliment each other perfectly.
We are looking forward to working with all of our students on their strengths and encouraging them to build their vision of the future based off the strengths and skills they already possess!
-Brandon McWilliams (Executive Director of MWD)