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Strength Finder 2.0

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Megan Guidry

on 14 February 2014

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Strength Finder 2.0
Premise of Strenghtsfinder 2.0
Flawed assumptions:
1. Each person can learn to be competent in almost anything
2. Each person's greatest room for growth is in his or her areas of greatest weakness

Research on top achievers points to three findings:
1. The best of the best build their lives upon their greatest talents
2. They manage their weakness
3. They invent ways to use their talents in areas they want to improve and increase their performance
Myth vs. Truth
Myth: As you grow you change
Truth: As you grow you become more of who you are

Myth: You will grow the most in your areas of weakness
Truth: You will grow the most in your areas of greatest strength

Myth: A good team member does whatever it takes to help the team
Truth: A good team member deliberately volunteers their strengths to the team
Strength in Correlation to Leadership
What is today about?
identify your greatest talents
discuss why a strengths-based approach is the most effective
learn how to maximize your talents
1. What surprised you? What was confirmed?
2. What do you think about strengths-based versus a deficit-based approach?
3. What strength would you like to work on using more?
Usefulness of 34 Themes
A common language that allows you to communicate your strengths to others
StrengthFinder = misnomer; assessment measures talent
Talent is only one ingredient of the recipe
Integrate talent with education, skills, etc. to find strength
Manage Your Weaknesses
Acknowledge your weaknesses
Consider how you can change your role
How does your perspective play into your perceived weaknesses
Find coworkers whose strengths compliment your weaknesses (and vice-versa)
Gallup finds that in every culture they have studied, an overwhelming majority of parents think that a student's lowest grades deserve the most time and attention. (In USA it's 77%)
In reality we should be focusing on their strengths, not their weakness. Someone who is not good at math will not become a great accountant, but someone who is good with chemistry might find a new drug if more time is invested in this subject.
Strength Zone
Unfortunately we do not always get to use our strengths at work
According to Gallup, 7 million out of 10 million do not use their strengths
Inability to use strengths may be due to people not being able to recognize them
The Path of Most Resistance
Blind Spots
Talents come with their blind spots
Detail-oriented people may forget the big picture
Authoritative people may cause collateral damage to coworkers to achieve goals
Empathetic people may become easily manipulated
"Ideas for Action" minimizes occurrence of blind spots
Talent entails potential and limitations
What are your strengths?
Choose one theme and tell about how you use it at home or work.
What is it about this theme that invigorates or fulfills you?
Group Think
Final Thoughts...
Where have you shown success in the past year?
What strengths were in play?
How can you duplicate that in the future?
Teams function best when the members know what they can rely on each other for.
What are your team members' strengths?
What strengths can you contribute that will lead our school to "near perfect" performance?
Grade Level Team Activity
Using the available materials create a visual that depicts your teams strengths and how you will align them to maximize your efforts.
Group Think
Spending time doing what we love is what drives success
We cannot be great at everything, so cut yourself a break
Everyday should be filled doing what we believe are our true gifts
Opposing strengths can lead to the strongest partnerships
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