What is a CliftonStrengths Culture?

In our culture we have a “weakness-fixing” mindset. Here’s an example: When your child comes home from school and her report card has 4 A’s and 2 B’s we often say something like, “Great job on those A’s but we need to talk about why you got those B’s.” The Strengths approach is the reverse, it reinforces. Instead we would ask the child, “Wow! What did you do to get these A’s? That is a great effort and you should feel proud of your accomplishment.” As you can hear, the latter comment lands totally differently. At work, think about the report card as the dreaded “progress improvement plan”. Uck.

What will happen when we think about what is RIGHT with people rather than fixating on what is WRONG with them?”
— Don Clifton, 1924 - 2003

Strengths-Finders is a forced-question assessment-based tool that sorts your natural talents from strongest to least strong (dare I say weakest). There are 200 questions and it takes about 30 minutes. 34 separate talents are listed in your unique order and the top 5 to 10 on your list are the key talents you bring with you in everything you do. The remaining talents hum in the background and even step up for a performing role now and then. But its your top talents that help you to achieve what you’re after and also that can get in your way if you aren’t paying attention. These talents are important to understand because they say a lot about what you value in life. Plus seeing your talents is validating since you either know or have had feedback about what you’re good at. But really understanding how to aim your talents and develop them into strengths for your work life and everyday life is extremely gratifying and important. The more a person can understand their dominant talents, what makes them tick, and how to consciously apply those talents to propel them to a better place, the more a person will curate the life they’re after.

On teams, CliftonStrengths-Finders helps people see each other more objectively, tamping down frustrations of past experiences with various coworkers, helping people understand that we are each designed with a unique footprint and operating system and creating working partnerships based on talent strength.

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In this workshop you will learn insights into how you work with others, how you manage the things you are responsible for every day, what motivates and energizes you, and how you think about and process information.

People who work in their Strengths zone…

  • look forward to going to work

  • have more positive than negative interactions with coworkers

  • treat customers and peers better

  • achieve more on a daily basis

  • have more positive, creative, and innovative moments

Workshop time is spent:

  • Starting to make sense of the Manager’s strengths profile and “Top 5” themes

  • Understanding Theme Dynamics as they relate to the Manager; the interplay of one theme with those of another, including all 34 themes

  • Learning about the 4 domains of management’s strengths and which domains emerge as the strongest area

  • Unpacking the individual strengths of each team member and diving into an individualized report for each member

  • Understanding Theme Dynamics as they relate to the team members; the interplay of one theme with those of another, including all 34 themes

  • Playing with strategies and techniques to invest in those individual and team talents

  • Mapping the collective strengths of the team

  • Forming strengths-based partnerships on the team

  • Working toward getting the best out of the team

Getting a CliftonStrengths coach to help you understand you and your team’s obvious and not so obvious talents and how to turn those talents into strengths is a great investment in everyone! Plus its just fun to learn about each other and how people operate in the world. Don’t wait! People love learning about themselves and others for the good of the team.

Interplay Coaching wants to bring you a CliftonStrengths Management and Team workshop with a Certified CliftonStrengths coach. Start making work more fun and productive for your people today!

Contact us for more information about a CliftonStrengths Workshop.