This is a monthly electronic magazine for anyone who wants to be a better leader, coach, facilitator, or simply, to tune up their people skills. It is a complimentary publication, devoted to the next evolution of Quality Thinking.
Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2006 ISSN # 1545-8873
“Wasted strengths are sundials in the shade.” — Benjamin Franklin
“More grows in the garden than the gardener sows.” — Old Spanish Proverb
“[O]ne of the goals of life is to try and be in touch with one’s most personal themes – the values, ideas, styles, colors that are the touchstones of one’s own individual life, its real texture and substance.” — Gloria Vanderbilt
“To give style to one’s character – a great and rare art! He exercises it who surveys all that his nature presents in strength and weakness and then moulds it to an artistic plan until everything appears as art and reason …” — Friedrich Nietzsche
According to a Gallup Poll, only 20% of the workforce feels they are playing to their strengths on the job (Buckingham & Clifton, 2001). So often we gear the personal growth of our employees in the direction of overcoming their weaknesses and filling in their learning gaps. Why not build on the natural capacities and talents that people bring to the job? Select people based on talent required. Study of the talents of your best performers. Spend training time on enhancing strengths. Grow careers up strength ladders. Notice and appreciate what is good and true in your organization – and language that.
which leads to
Review of the “Strength Revolution” described by Buckingham & Clifton (2001): Now Discover Your Strengths.
Using Appreciative Inquiry Tools to build a strength-based innovation culture: Appreciative Inquiry Portal.
Free assessments using numerous surveys, including 240-question “VIA Signature Strengths” and a 24-question“Brief Strengths Test”: Questionnaires Center.
Find your strengths: Clifton Strengths Index (180 paired items) takes 30-40 minutes. Must have a code from a Gallup Strengths publication.
Positive Impact Assessment (also requires a code from the book by Rath & Clifton (2004): Strengths.
Are you in the right job? Take the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey
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