Sometimes at Leadership Vision, we play an informal game of Strengths pairings. Basically, we mash up two of the names of our Themes of Strengths to explain how they work together. We know that Strengths do not work alone. We never go one at a time with our Strengths. Rather, we try to tell a story and challenge people to see how pairs and combinations of Strengths can be discussed. In this article, Linda shares examples of Strengths pairings and how they look in different individuals.
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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.
Are you building a Strengths-based organization? Our advice is to take action on three key elements: use a common language, facilitate shared experiences, and bolster the narrative intelligence among your members.
As a shaper of culture, keep three things in mind: First, the convergence of cultures actually creates a new culture. Secondly, the convergence of cultures allows for individuals to grow in their unique identities. Finally, a Strengths Based approach can Infuse the world with Beauty and Brilliance through relationship and conversation.
The game of “Show and Tell” in elementary school is often our first crack at public speaking. It teaches us life lessons and broadens our imagination and creativity. “Show and Tell” engages many different learning styles, and it helps people feel known and heard. Here’s how we created a professional game of “Show and Tell” how what we learned.