A Conversation About How Strengths Help Us Navigate Conflict (Podcast)

Welcome to the next installment of the Leadership Vision Podcast where we share our expertise in the discovery, practice, and implementation of StrengthsFinder.

On this episode of the podcast, I share another push conversation, this time with our Senior Client Relations Manager and Business Development Lead, Sara Schlipp-Reidel. Sara and I have worked together quite a bit over the past year, and while the extent of the conflict between us is limited to where we get coffee, we’re no strangers to helping clients navigate any number of difficult situations.

On the podcast, you’ll get to hear Sara and I wrestle with how our Strengths help us navigate the often eerie but inevitable waters of conflict. You’ll hear us grapple with the idea of relational capital and how it helps or hinders the conflict process. We’ll also talk about how to know when to engage in conflict, and what to do if we notice our Strengths harming rather than helping move through conflict. We also talk quite a bit about our gut reactions to conflict, what to do with those gut-feelings, and how to direct that response to be one rooted in Strength.

Related: Listen to more push conversations here!

Eight Discussion Questions

This topic is part of a list of eight conversation starters we use that help us talk about our Strengths without having to regurgitate a bunch of Strengths words. To get your push conversation started, find a friend and ask them how they do one of the following things:

  1. Get work done
  2. Make decisions
  3. Form relationships
  4. Communicate
  5. Collaborate
  6. Adjust to change
  7. Learn new things
  8. Handle conflict

This podcast is my seventh push conversation and the third with a member of our team. I’ve mentioned this before, but I really enjoy them. Not only do I get to connect with my colleagues and learn more about what makes them tick, but in every conversation, I’ve been forced to wrestle with concepts that I haven’t been all that intentional with before. It’s making me process what my internal world does when faced with these eight everyday life situations.

About the Process

As you’ll hear in this conversation, a “push” conversation is intended to be one where you just jump in and start talking about the chosen topic. Instead of trying to talk about one of your Strengths at random, these push conversations set up a context or a scenario that should help you think of examples. Instead of trying to pull examples out of thin air about how your Theme of Activator works, these topics can be a way to think about a specific situation and see how a particular Theme of Strength might show up there. Then, examples start flowing, and you see specific behaviors inherent to those Themes in other areas as well.

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. Our highest potential exists in the ongoing exploration of our talents. Subscribe to the Leadership Vision Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

Please contact us if you have ANY questions about anything you heard in this episode, or if you’d like to talk to us about helping your team understand the power of Strengths.