How the Learning Community Extends the Conversation about Strengths (Podcast)

On this episode of the Leadership Vision Podcast, I talk with our President and CEO, Brian Schubring, about how our Learning Community further embeds the language of Strengths within an organization. The Learning Community, part of our core process of professional services, is a culminating Team experience that integrates Strengths learning, 1 to 1 conversations, and reflective observations shared through a visual narrative.

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Recently, my 4.5-year-old son and I tried to build a far too complex LEGO set by using the image on the box. It was not easy. Actually, we couldn’t figure it out at all! We got stuck.

Desperate to finish the project, I Googled the number of the set and actually found a PDF of the original instructions. Not only were we able to complete the castle, but I was reminded just how complex LEGO sets can be. There are a lot of little pieces, some of them critical to making the whole thing come together. Recently, I bought my son his very own LEGO set (it was a T-Rex) – actually, you could build three dinosaurs from this one set! It was way too complicated for him, but I had a really fun time playing with it. The intricacy and level of detail were remarkable and much more complex than the old sets I remember playing with in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

When Brian and I sat down to record this podcast episode, I used this metaphor of building LEGOs with my son. It’s like when you get your StrengthsFinder results back – You see five words on a page, and like looking at the lego box in the toy store, you understand only a fraction of what’s really going on. Your StrengthsFinder results represent quite a bit, but, at least initially, they are pretty static. You read your results or the results of a team member, but those definitions don’t tell the whole story. It can be helpful in understanding how a person is built, for sure, but like trying to construct an entire LEGO set by only looking at the picture on the box, you’ll only get so far before you need to dig a little deeper.

On this episode of the Leadership Vision Podcast, you’ll learn:

  • About our Learning Community
  • How images extend the Strengths conversation
  • How to create your own images
  • Our approach to creating a visual representation of a person’s Strengths

Resources Mentioned in the Episode

About The Leadership Vision Podcast

The Leadership Vision Podcast is a weekly show sharing our expertise in the discovery, practice, and implementation of StrengthsFinder. Leadership Vision uses StrengthsFinder to work with People, Teams, and Culture. We believe that knowing your Top 5 Strengths is only the beginning. In fact, our highest potential exists in the ongoing exploration of our talents.

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