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StrengthsQuest for Students
Transcript of StrengthsQuest for Students
discover your talents ~ develop your strengths ~explore the possibilities
Focus on what is normal/right about a person
"To produce excellence you must study excellence."
What's going to
make you stand out?
“Individuals gain more when they build on their talents, than when they make comparable efforts to improve their areas of weakness.”
--Clifton & Harter, 2003
develop a language to talk about ourselves
looks at interests, personality, skills and strengths, values
does not give us a "magical answer"
a major part of what makes you a unique person...
... direct connection between talents and achievements
"a naturally reoccuring pattern of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied"
"Developing our strengths rather than our weaknesses will result in a more productive and meaningful life."
What is a Strength?
the ability to provide consistent, near-perfect performance in a given activity
TALENTS are diamonds in the rough
STRENGTHS are diamonds that shine
with brilliance after they have been cut
What do strengths produce?
increased confidence & optimism
positive sense of self
appreciation for your own talents
self -awareness & direction
Affirming your Signature Themes
Many people are blind
heir own talents
Sometimes our talent
We may be in positions or roles that don't fit our talents
Afraid of appearing boastful and arrogant
Not able to see how talents will help achieve goals
Why is it difficult to affirm our themes?
Affirming your themes simply means you agree that you have talents in these areas, and with "investment" you may have strengths in these areas.
You are able to see how your talents in that theme enable you to do certain things well (in many cases, better than others).
If a theme is not in my Top 5, is it a weakness?
What if I didn't get a theme I think I should have?
Is having a talent always positive?
CLAIM IT !
Keeps people focused on ‘what could be’. They are constantly analyzing information, looking at things from different perspectives, and helping the team make better decisions.
4 Domains of Leadership
They know how to make things happen. They implement a solution and work tirelessly to get it done. They are the “Doers”.
4 Domains of Leadership
The “glue” that holds the team together. They can create groups/organizations that are greater than the sum of their parts.
4 Domains of Leadership
Help their team reach a much broader audience. They are able to “sell” the ideas within and outside the organization.
4 Domain of Leadership
Top 5 Talent Themes
(a theme is a group of similar talents)
possible unique combinations.
different permutations with unique order.
Thriving vs. Surviving
Balcony vs. Basement
What sets you apart from other candidates?
I’m a high achiever, self-confident, unique, compassionate and committed to being the NUMBER 1 ______________!
Self-Assurance Empathy Individualization Competition Deliberative
“There’s a crucial phenomenon inherent in employee engagement: The best employees don’t want to be coddled;
they want to matter
. They want to be part of something greater than themselves, and they want to know how they contribute to that something. They want to be heard, and above all, they do not want to be ignored.”
-Brian Brim and Jim Asplund
Driving Engagement by Focusing on Strengths
Gallup Management Journal
1) being problem-focused
2) incorporating an ongoing freshness
of appreciation of life
3) a concern about personal growth
4) the ability to have peak experiences
A state of mind brought on by
into an activity,
loss of time
an adequate level of
"Flow is of utmost importance when researching positive psychology interventions, because it is believed to be directly linked to skill development, performance improvements, positive emotions, and overall quality of life achievements." -Csikszentmihalyi
Why Hello Mr. Smith! My name is Megan Werner and I just graduated from the University of Arkansas with my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am looking to continue
my education because I have a thriving curiosity to learn and an ambition to better myself in multiple facets. I would be a great candidate for your doctoral program because I am good at archiving information, in addition to having excellent time management skills for personal, academic, and career success. I feel I have reached this opportunity for a reason and will work tirelessly to reach every goal set by myself or your program. [closing remarks]
What's YOUR flow??
Why Hello Mr. Smith! My name is Megan Werner and I just graduated from the University of Arkansas with my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am looking to
because I have a
thriving curiosity to learn
and an ambition to better myself in multiple facets. I would be a great candidate for your doctoral program because I am good at
, in addition to having
excellent time management skills for personal, academic, and career success
I feel I have reached this opportunity for a reason
work tirelessly to reach every goal set by myself or your program.