Your team is only as effective as your ability to understand and utilize each person’s strengths.
But most of the time we focus solely on business objectives and ignore the individual strengths each team member brings to the table. As a result, we lose some of our biggest opportunities for excellence, synergy and high performance.
On top of that, Gallup claims that focusing on a team’s strengths increases employee engagement as much as 600%!
The first step is identifying our own innate strengths. Over 8 million people have taken Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment and reported incredibly accurate results. The next step is development. Each assessment identifies an individual’s “Top 5” strengths list, as well as a Strengths Insight Report and Action-Planning Guide to address the development piece.
Solutions for Individuals
Each individual begins by taking the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment. We then dedicate 4-6 individual coaching sessions specifically to gain insights from the unique strengths profile and accompanying reports. Next, we apply them to job requirements and team dynamics and build an individual development plan for higher performance.
It’s important to remember that maximizing strengths is a process. In this regard, a coach is a strategic development partner in the process. In fact, studies have show that coaching can increase the effectiveness of developmental initiatives (like strengths assessments) by over 500%.
Solutions for Teams
For teams, each individual completes the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment and receives each report. Next, I facilitate a two hour training workshop covering the following:
- Explain the basic elements of the StrengthsFinder assessment
- Showcase the team’s strengths profile
- Conduct individual and team developmental exercises
- Describe the four different strengths-based leadership styles
- Facilitate discussion on the implications of the team’s strong and weak spots
Additional coaching and individual development planning options are available either for the entire team or the key leaders.
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