On this episode of the podcast, Brian Schubring and I talk about what it takes to reach that next level of leadership fitness. We call it becoming Leadership Lean. During this time of year, January, many people—maybe even you—set goals, especially those involving fitness and other health-related pursuits. This could be exercising, eating better, trying to accomplish a specific achievement or milestone, or perhaps, just trying to incorporate more movement into your daily life. Whatever your goals, they all involve disciplined learning and unlearning of certain behaviors. This is true of anything you want to be better at, be it parenting, podcasting, or the pursuit of your lofty goals. We need to move beyond the space we’re currently in and move into an area that’s a little scary. In this episode, we explore and unpack what it takes to become Leadership Lean. Brian shares his four L model which includes Listening, Leaning, Learning, and Leading.
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The Importance of an Education on the 34 Themes of Strength: Bringing to Life the Themes of Strength
In order to provide a foundation for team development, continued growth in Understanding the Talents expressed in each of the Themes of Strength, and to establish a common language from which to move forward as a team, we believe a Strengths-based team or culture should start with an education around each of the 34 Themes of Strength. Here’s why!
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.
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.
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.