Developing Your Strengths in 2015

Have you set specific goals for developing your strengths knowledge this year?  The options for doing so are endless…and how you approach the experience will largely depend upon who you are.

We would like to contribute in your growth in strengths.  Over the course of the next few months, we will be providing more keys on how to more clearly recognize your strengths, and the strengths in others.

Are you ready?  Take a look below at Keys 1 and 2, start developing your goals, and stay tuned for more information!

Key 1: Strengths Quiz
Effective team members not only know how their strengths play into their role/life; they also recognize strengths in others.  Click here to take our brief strengths matching quiz and better how well you know strengths.

(If you enjoyed this quiz, and are interested in learning more about how to develop your strengths and encourage the strengths of others, consider attending our Strengths Advocate 101 course)

Key 2: Tools and Resources
There are a wealth of free tools and resources available to help you continue to develop your strengths.  Here are three for you to take a look at today…

  • Gallup is offering expertise and insight on the 34 Strengths through their website in a regularly scheduled video blog called “Coaches’ Playbook” .  This is a weekly (or more) webinar provides a feature on a strength, a discussion with a strengths coach, and familiar faces from our friends at Gallup.  The best part is that it is FREE!  (Click here to listen in on the conversation)
  • Start from the question, “What are Strengths?”  Dr. Daryl Johnson has written an article addressing this question.  Read it in its entirety at:  Strengths Article.

Key 3: Observing Talents in Others
The following exercise identifies four clues to talent observation. This is an excellent way to help you identify and celebrate the God-given unique talent themes in those around you.

First, select an individual – perhaps a spouse, co-worker or friend.  Then, ask yourself the following four questions about this person.  As you answer, try to use identifying phrases such as, “problem solving” or “organization” instead of task-associated phrases such as, “cleaning” or “gardening.”

  • Clue 1 – Rapid Learning – What comes easily for this individual or seems natural?
  • Clue 2 – Flow – What does this individual get involved in that completely captures their attention?
  • Clue 3 – Moments of Excellence – Is there something this individual does that continually achieves a high level of excellence?
  • Clue 4 – Satisfaction – What does this individual love to do AND what do they dislike doing/sucks the life out of them?

Now, take your answers and compare these to the 34 Themes of Talent.  Do you notice anything that sticks out about this person?

Key 4: How Better Understand the Strengths of Others

In the January and April editions of the newsletter, we laid out the first three keys for more clearly recognizing your strengths and the strengths in others.  In this edition, we present the final key, the “how to” of strengths.  That is, once you know others’ strengths, how do you better understand the individual because of this recognition?

Start by selecting someone you already know well and walk through the following:

Step 1:  Put a description to the individual’s strength.
Example:  Joan has achiever – she is always “doing” and seldom takes a break from her to-do list.

Step 2:  Identify the balconies (positive attributes) and basements (negative attributes) to the strength.  Example: Balcony:  Joan’s achiever gets things done. Basement: Joan’s achiever rarely allows for her to sit down and take a break.

Step 3:  Determine which of the four domains the individual’s strength falls within.  For a list of the domains, click here.
Example:  Joan’s achiever is an executing strength, aimed at production.

Step 4:  Find something to value in the individual’s strength.
Example:  Joan’s achiever makes her a hard worker and an invaluable asset to our team.

We hope that these four keys have given you some simple tools for better understanding the strengths in yourself and in others!