It’s easy to dwell on areas where we feel we come up short… areas where we feel like we need to ‘fix’ ourselves. This can quickly lead to anxiety, fear, and sadness.
The practice often begins at an early age through our schooling, and if left unchallenged, it can become ingrained in how we judge ourselves professionally.
To grow and develop the employees in our organisations, it’s essential that we identify their innate talents and apply them productively to achieve a culture of consistent performance and happiness.
Moving to a strength-based culture is so beneficial to an organisation and its people. It can improve:
- Confidence and self-awareness
- Staff engagement
- Customer engagement
- Energy levels
- Health and wellness
- Work-life balance
- Absenteeism and attrition
- Sales and profitability
In this blog, I’d like to show you three ways to move from a weakness-based mindset towards a strength-based culture in your organisation, leaving you with a more diverse, empowered, resilient and agile workforce. This includes using a tool called Strengthscope, which I’m accredited in.
1. Don’t assume that people know their strengths
It’s easy for us to take our most powerful strengths for granted. Also, if people are accustomed to a weakness-based culture, it may be difficult for them to then focus on identifying where their strengths lie and how these can be used to drive your business forward.
Focussing our time and attention on something we feel good at brings us joy and lifts our spirits. Managers are critical in unleashing and transferring that energy into everyday working lives.
What is Strengthscope?
Strengthscope is the foundation of a strength-based approach; a profiling tool that’s designed to help people identify what makes them truly unique. It empowers individuals to develop and stretch their strengths, as well as productively overcome blockers to their performance.
Being accredited in Strengthscope means I’ve experienced my own strengths discovery and am fully strengths-aware! I can help your organisation make the most of Strengthscope, using coaching to identify how employees can harness their strengths to improve their performance.
This process is a sound investment for any organisation, big or small. It rarely gets the airtime it deserves, but that can change!
2. Use strengths to achieve common goals
Leaders can help people learn and understand each other’s strengths and how their collective talents can benefit each other, the team, customers and the organisation.
Strengths should be regularly discussed in meetings, and at one-to-ones, where they can be used to guide employees on how they can use their strengths to achieve their objectives.
Organisations can also assign ‘strengths champions’ to be advocates for the process and help embed it in all levels of your organisation.
3. Assign roles based on strengths
Focussing on our strengths increases our energy and makes us feel more dynamic. If you can position people in roles where they can utilise their strengths every day, your company will reap the benefits time and again.
When initiating projects or during re-structures, use people’s strengths to identify where and on what tasks they will work to their full potential.
In the long run, you’ll benefit from more harmonious teams, higher performance, more engagement, less friction, and more creativity and collaboration.
Interested in finding out more about how Strengthscope can help you build a strength-based culture in your organisation?
If you want to find out more about growing and developing the employees in your organisation so you can build a more diverse, empowered, resilient and agile workforce, I’d love to help you!
Let’s have a virtual coffee and a chat, so we can get to know each other better.