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

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

This episode is the eighth and final episode of our series on push conversations and we’re closing it out by talking about how our Strengths help us navigate relationships. Navigate in this instance refers to everything related to relationships. How you form them, how you nurture and tend to them, and maybe even how you end them if that’s what needed. The way we connect to other people is such a vital topic that we saved the best for last.

On this episode of the podcast, I’m chatting again with Sara Schlipp-Reidel, our Senior Client Relations Manager and Business Development Lead here at Leadership Vision. Sara and I have worked together quite a bit over the past year, and have witnessed each other navigating all sorts of relationships; with our team, with clients, personal relationships, and the plethora of random individuals we encounter when traveling. We had a lot of examples to share. This episode is a little longer than usual, but if you listen to all of it, you’ll hear us process how we establish relationships and tend to the ones that are closest to us. We’ll also discuss how we try to use our Strengths to develop a connection to others, so we can move closer to a greater sense of knowing others and being known.

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 thoroughly 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 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 Restorative 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 particular 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.