A Conversation About How Your Strengths Help You Get Work Done (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’m having a “push” conversation with my colleague and our Senior Project Manager, Steph Wahlund. A push conversation is one where you are intentionally pushing all your Strengths to the center to learn more about how you’re wired. It’s also an opportunity to learn about how someone else is wired. The process is designed to help you see things from another person’s perspective and also practice using Strengths language to articulate your perspective.

RELATED: Listen to more push conversations here!

In this episode, we’re talking about how our Strengths make us productive. Productivity is such a buzzword right now, so just think of it as how your Strengths help you get stuff done. It was a fascinating conversation, and I learned not only about how I might become more productive (since Steph is the most productive person I know) but also about why Steph does things the way she does them.

Eight Discussion Questions

This topic might seem random, but it’s from a list of eight conversation starters we use with our clients to talk about Strengths without necessarily having to talk about those Strengths. 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

I’ve recorded a few of these conversations with my colleagues and have learned quite a bit about the people on my team. I’d encourage you to find a friend or colleague and have your push conversation. I think you’ll see they are great for self-reflection as well as getting to know someone else on a deeper level.

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 Connectedness works, these topics can be as a way to think about a specific situation and see how a particular Theme of Strength might show up. Then, and this almost always happens, examples start flowing and you can 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. In fact, 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.