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Strengths at Work: Galvanising with John

To John, Galvanising is about harnessing his natural enthusiasm for a diverse range of subjects – from European foreign affairs to public policy – to spur others into action.

As the director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools, John says that the key to his signature strength is being able to explain why he is enthusiastic about something – if others can understand why he is so enthusiastic they will be galvanised into action too.

In his Strengths at Work video, John also says Galvanising is about understanding the motivations of others and not requiring others to act as if they are “everymen” with the same set of strengths and skills.

“In some cases people are delighted when you take an interest,” says John,” from the top to the bottom…nobody really knows what is happening next and they’ll be quite happy for you to take the lead.”

In Strengths at Work, our clients and colleagues tell us in their own words (and webcams!) how they use their strengths to succeed. John’s signature strengths were identified by Learning to Flourish’s Spark your DRIVE® online performance psychology questionnaire.

Strengths are the traits at the core of our personalities that motivate us and Spark your DRIVE helps people understand and use their signature strengths to push aside blockers such as a fear of mistakes, imposter syndrome and loss of self-belief.

Are you a business, school or medical professional interested in learning about your own strengths or telling us how you use yours? Email us at for a link to the questionnaire.