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Anybody that knows me, knows that I love a good sale. Not the 50% off kind from Bed Bath & Beyond (meh), but the kind that takes me into people’s yards, driveways, garages, and crooked sheds. So I’m not at all put off by cracks or chips or missing pieces. I don’t mind scuff marks, frayed edges and a bit of rust. For me, that’s what makes objects interesting. The subtext here, if you’re paying attention, is that imperfection makes an object worth less.….but certainly not worthless. I believe it just needs a different spot in the world to be appreciated and worthy once again.
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 its core, a 201 Education Session sets a baseline for understanding the StrengthsFinder tool and each of the 34 Themes of Strength. This is a critical step if you hope to make any progress towards becoming a Strengths Based Organization. Since this is such a crucial aspect of helping individuals and teams understand their top five themes of Strength, Joseph describes how Leadership Vision conducts this vital activity.
It’s summer and my garden is growing faster than I can keep up. One night, as I was sitting pulling weeds and relishing in how well everything was growing, I was letting my mind drift thinking about all the wonderful ways to eat the items in my garden once they are ready. In my opinion, the best way to eat those fresh vegetables is with a little vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper.
This is actually a great metaphor for our Strengths. Rather than trying to disguise who we really are with thick layers of cheese or dressing, we only need be fully present, and perhaps, add simple flavors to bring out more (or in some cases less) of who we are.
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.
I have had the privilege of being a part of the strengths based culture of the LVC team for nearly three months now. I get to not only work on the client relation side of the business, but help manage our day to day business processes. I love it! It taps into a core part […]
I used to be a teacher. But now I’m not. At least not by definition. I still have a really hard time saying that, because for almost twenty years, I was defined by a professional role that is known the world over. When you say you’re a teacher, people automatically think they know what you […]
As strengths consultants, we often receive questions like; What does a day look like in the life of a strengths based consultant? What do we even do in a session with a team? So, as strengths based consultant, what is your role? Yes, we have our elevator pitch about our strengths based work at Leadership […]
It is the end of summer and beginning of fall here in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This time of year means I am coaching women’s college volleyball at Bethel University. Overall this is my 11th year of coaching at different schools. As a StrengthsFinder consultant and strengths evangelist I try and bring strengths to every environment that […]
Last month we were in Seattle, and we were filming some educational videos for SAS and our company. The building we were working in had an area dedicated to the history of Seattle during the Klondike gold rush of 1897. At that time, Seattle was the last stop, the center for transportation and supplies for […]
Working in a strengths based organization is truly amazing. When your co-workers rely on your unique set of strengths to contribute to the vision and mission of the company, it benefits everyone. It encourages you to be more engaged, do your best work, and be more of who you are supposed to be. We often […]
What I’m about to say may be committing a sacrilege to the very essence of the Strengths movement, but I really believe I need to put it out there. There. I. Said. It. Call it a shadow, call it a basement, call it an underbelly. I just have to call it something, if I am […]
The best always know what they are doing. And the most skilled at their craft understand that their work effects others. Please, do not be afraid to be the best at this, because it will bring a richness of experience to others. One of the best conductors in the world is Gustavo Dudamel, a 33 […]
Employee engagement is a hot topic right now. According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report, only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. That’s not good. Because the level of engagement of your employees effects the bottom line, it’s something that should be part of your strategic planning. In a recent Forbes […]
I met Gordon Ramsay the other day at the Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport. He was on our flight from New York City, and my daughter wanted a picture with him. Gordon Ramsey was personable and immediately present to my daughter, looking her in the eyes, asking her questions, using her name, and sharing […]
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To be honest, and not overtly overdramatic, my work and relationshp with this execeptional company literally changed my life…I learned more about myself as a leader, colleague, friend, father and husband than anything I’ve done before or since.
Leadership Vision has taken Strengths training to a new level. Participants not only know the language of Strengths, but they also understand that Strengths make each person unique.
Leadership Vision gave us a lens through which to view individual and group Strengths. This self awareness is powerful; the group awareness transformational.
Our organization has been working with Leadership Vision for several years and it has been a very gratifying and rewarding experience. We have not only moved to be a “Strengths-Based” organization by having everyone in the Company go through training with Leadership Vision, but we also now have internal coaches who have been trained by […]
We have recommended the remarkable team at Leadership Vision to a number of congregations. A common response we hear is the deep appreciation for the breakthroughs on how to better understand one another in the pursuit of a common mission.