— Thomas Jefferson
Focus Question: What are your talents and strengths? How do you leverage these in your work, hobbies, life and relationships?
In times of change and disruption it is likely that we are turning to our strengths, maybe even to the point of overuse.
For many decades now, Gallup has studied the impact of strengths on work. They have found some very compelling statistics behind why we should focus more on helping people connect with, and leverage, their strengths every day at work. Did you know:
Gallup has found that when employees get to use their strengths every day they are:
- 6x more engaged
- 3x more likely to report having excellent quality of life
- 8.9% more profitable
- Teams which focus on strengths have 12.5% greater productivity.
Author Marcus Buckingham undertook research and he writes that “1.5 Million employees on 50, 000 teams were surveyed, and they found that the most important lever to team performance was ‘Do you have an opportunity to use your strengths at work every day?’ (Reference: Go Put Your Strengths to Work)
Those that “strongly agreed” found:
- 38% highly productive
- 44% high customer satisfaction scores
- 50% higher employee retention
While we cannot use our strengths at work 100% of the time every day, over time we may gravitate to jobs or roles which do cultivate our strengths. As we set up businesses or work remotely, being able to leverage strengths regularly can be an important motivational factor. When we are able to leverage strengths, we are more apt to move into flow and find greater job satisfaction.
NOTE: Strengths over-used can become a blindspot. We may over-use of over-lean into our strengths in times of pressure, urgency and resource constraints. Notice what happens when your strengths become over-magnified.
If you have not yet worked with strengths, spend some time identifying what your strengths are. There are several different strengths assessments you may want to explore including Clifton Strengths as well as Positive Psychology’s VIA Character Survey.
If you have not undertaken one of these assessments to ascertain your top 5 strengths, take a few minutes to do that this week, reflecting on the questions:
- Where are you able to use your strengths regularly?
- How does this support your work and priorities right now?
- Where are you over-utilizing your strengths? What blind spot is that creating?
- What other strengths are needed in your work? How do you outsource these pieces of work, or bring others onto the team, over time?
- If you are part of a team, what do your team strengths look like?
Curious about what these look like for you? Set up a 15 minute conversation with me to explore your strengths more in-depth.
As a coach you may also want to refer to the Team and Group Coaching Superpower Quiz which will give you a coaching strengths-based look at your preferences and style. Take the 2 minute quiz now to learn which of the five coaching strengths you may be leaning into.
Connection to the Coaching Business Builder Workbook and Planner
There are several touch points throughout the planners to get you thinking about your strengths, including - Section 4 of both books which explores the Ecosystem as well as your individual strenghs and how you may be connecting them for business opportunities.
What are your strengths, and how you can leverage them?
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