“What leaders have in common is that each really knows their strengths, has developed their strengths, and can call on the right strength at the right time.” – Dr. Donald Clifton, Designer of the StrengthsFinder.
In the conventional development approach, employees tend to focus on acknowledging and rectifying their weaknesses rather than identifying and utilizing their strengths. In fact, according to Gallup’s research, employees who know their strengths and use them at work every day have 7.8% greater productivity, and teams that receive strengths feedback have 8.9% greater profitability.
The Strengths-based development approach suggests that, instead of focusing on employees’ weaknesses, companies should identify employees’ strengths and help them build on their greatest talents and skills in order to increase their capacity for suitable positions. These employees will be more motivated, hence greater productivity that leads to business results.
We were very proud to deliver our new flagship program “The Strengths-based Development Program” to a group of banking executives recently. During this one-day interactive program, participants leveraged the StrengthsFinder Psychometric Assessment tool to uncover their talents and learn how to turn their talents into strengths through practical ways. They have become more committed to better utilize their strengths at work when formulating their annual performance plans for 2018.