The podcast today is the second part of our two-part series about creating a strengths-based employee experience. In the previous episode, episode 33, I talked with Linda Schubring about the nitty-gritty of what she is doing at a local company, Aeritae Consulting group, to create that culture rooted in what is right about people. In this episode, you’ll get to hear from the CEO and co-founder of that company, Michael Finlon. Michael talks from his perspective, about what it takes to build and sustain a Strengths-Based culture. We talk about why he chose Strengths to begin with, and why they have stuck with it for all these years. He also shares some advice for other leaders who want to build their own Strengths culture, as well as the struggles, and tremendous benefits, of defending this work.
Strengths Based Organization
In this episode of the Leadership Vision Podcast, Linda Schubring and Nathan Freeburg are talking about what it takes to build a Strengths Based employee experience. The two get way down into the weeds. The good, the bad, and the ugly of transforming an organization into one that is planted deep in the soil of Strengths, and subscribes to a philosophy that everyone should operate from a position of Strength.
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.
Are you building a Strengths-based organization? Our advice is to take action on three key elements: use a common language, facilitate shared experiences, and bolster the narrative intelligence among your members.
When Leadership Vision partners with an organization through any of our consulting services, we help create an ideal environment for individuals and teams to grow. We seek to build rapport with our clients around a behavior-based approach to Strengths. From the way Leadership Vision consultants introduce themselves, to the ways we engage the individuals and teams around Strengths prompts, our work is filled with meaning and purpose.