The 'Quests' approach is based on a synthesis of disciplines and sciences: Strengths-based Development, Design Thinking Methods and Applied Psychology.
These disciplines are being implemented in leading organizations and businesses in the world. If it's working for leading organizations, how could we implement learnings and practices in our own lives? Your Quest Coach uses resources like these as a basis for the methodology employed.
Check out these resources for yourself. It'll be well worth your time and efforts.
By Tom Rath
(and based on decades of studies by Strengths Psychology founder, Dr. Don Clifton)
There are a plethora of 'personality assessments' in the market. StrengthsFinder 2.0 is among the most scientifically proven assessments out there. More importantly, it (excuse the pun) starts from a position of strength. Unlike many approaches that focus on 'weaknesses', StrengthsFinder focuses on maximizing what you are already great at. And unlike other assessments, it is almost impossible to have the same combination and order of top 5 strengths, which is what this assessment provides. It is a tool that brings out a uniqueness and provides you with actionable steps to strengthen strengths.
By Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
This is the 'glue' that holds the approach together. This book provides the process foundation to my approach for Your Quest Coach. It contains most of the 'frameworks'—the templates of a blueprint. However, other resources are necessary to fill in the frameworks—the content of a blueprint.
The findings of this book is based on many years of teaching "Designing Your Life" as Stanford's d.school, and my goal is to apply relevant concepts into my holistic approach to developing your life quests.
Visit their website at designingyour.life for more resources, many of which are inspirations for my methodology.
By Mark Manson
During my first year of business school, Mark visited the Happiness Class (see below) and provided his journey through discovering his meaning of 'living a good life'
Per his website, his book is "all about self-improvement not through avoiding problems or always being happy, but rather through engaging and improving upon problems and learning to accept the occasional unhappiness."
Counterintuitive, but indeed powerful.
By Raj Raghunanthan
This is my personal favorite, as I have taken Dr. Raj's course at the McCombs School of Business. Titled 'Creativity and Leadership', it is more aptly referred to as the 'Happiness Class' by his students. Why include this in my approach? If we can equate 'maximizing strengths' as the "hard skills" side of building life quests (i.e. the mental side), 'achieving happiness' is the "soft skills" side (i.e. the emotional side). Strengths and Happiness go hand in hand in creating quests in life, and my approach will explore the application of the science of happiness to improve our approach to life.
A Fresh Look at Followership, Leadership, and Collaboration
By Mark Hurwitz and Samantha Hurwitz
We have always heard that we have to continuously develop 'leadership skills', yet arguably, the 'followership skills' are even more critical, as everyone is guaranteed to take the follower role. The relationship between Leadership and Followership is a critical component to designing a life that prioritizes teaming and collaborating, which is likely in your life quest (and is in mine).