The single most important factor in determining your success as a Strengths Professional is your ability to hear and identify the talents and behaviors of Strengths. Without the ability to discern the nuances and uniqueness of Strengths, we miss the transformational potential Strengths may have. The next time we are helping someone understand their Strengths, strive to identify the Talents first and name the Strength second.
Descriptions of the 34 Clifton StrengthsFinder Themes
One of the ways StrengthsFinder gets misused is in the hiring process. Hiring good people is hard. Sometimes, to short circuit the process, employers try and use StrengthsFinder as a way to find the “perfect” person with the “perfect” Strengths to fill a role. In our opinion, StrengthsFinder was never intended to be used this way.
When we work with clients who are on the journey to becoming Strengths-based organizations, we remind them that when it comes to hiring, the first step is less about the StrengthsFinder language and more about cultivating a culture focused on what’s right about people. The positive foundation shapes the rest of the complex, people-focused work.
Whether you work at home or outside of the home, many hours a day are spent on menial, mundane tasks and responsibilities and simply going through everyday routines. Bethany shares three things you can do to gain a new awareness about how your Strengths show up in the mundane of everyday life.
At Leadership Vision, we believe that it doesn’t matter if you don’t have strengths in all four domains. We believe there is no such as thing as ‘Strengths Balance’ or having the ‘right’ set of Strengths. Instead, we choose to focus on the generative side of Strengths, not the degenerative or “dark side,” a descriptive versus a prescriptive approach to Strengths that doesn’t put people in boxes, and we believe that Strengths are always working and pairing together.
A table has profoundly shaped Brian’s Strengths. His experience at this table also shaped why he believes strongly in the Leadership Vision team sharing their perspectives, challenging each other, and openly asking for help as they work together in collaborative partnership. Keep reading today’s post, then interact around the question, “What have been the shaping influences of your Strengths?”