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Transcript of CMC StrengthsQuest
discover and develop your strengths
the study of positive emotions & character traits
focuses on what is normal about a person
We focused on what's RIGHT with you instead of trying to fix what's "wrong" with you?
"To produce excellence you must study excellence.
StrengthsQuest is based on psychological, social and organizational theories. It looks at your talents and strengths.
Let's look at the role "talents & Strengths" play in leadership development and self-assessment.
an opportunity for self-reflection and understanding
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"
34 Talent Themes
a group of
talent x investment = strength
"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 brillance after they have been cut
What do strengths produce?
increased confidence & optimism
positive sense of self
appreciation for your own talents
self -awareness & direction
What about our weaknesses...
A weakness is something that gets in your way or in the way of others
See a clear connection between their themes and past and present behavior.
Sees links between strengths and successes.
See strengths in others.
Has a relationship(s) that encourage their strengths development.
Understands and can define and verbalize their themes.
Uses the knowledge of their five themes to plan, strategize, analyze, and direct their behavior.
a lesser talent
a person leaves off
person already possesses
The (very different)
Strengths of Leaders
Founder & CEO
Teach for America
The Ritz Carlton
The Four Domains of Leadership
How will you use one of your
strengths in your role as an RA?
Career services center
Career Consultants: 10am-5pm M-F
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