How do you respond to these questions when you look at your business?
- How clear am I on my strengths and weaknesses, and how they impact my work?
- How effective do I think I am as a leader?
- How much of my work is ‘life-giving’ rather than draining?
- How well does my team communicate and work together?
- Is there anyone in my company who seems less than optimally engaged?
For most companies, improvements in how we lead and work together can always be made. But how do we identify potential challenges? How do we leverage the areas in which we are strongest, as individuals and as a team? And then, how do we get from A to B?
At ALL Strategy, we rely on Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to drive our own productivity and effectiveness. The assessment, which draws on over four decades of research, has been used by up to 94% of Fortune 500 companies to maximize results.
StrengthsFinder defines a strength as an innate talent, developed through learned skills and knowledge. Each assessment identifies an individual’s top five strengths, in order, and how they interrelate. (By the way, only 1 in 33 million individuals will have the same results.) These results can then be used to plan strategically, manage staff at all levels, and lead in a way that maximizes engagement.
So why do your team’s strengths matter?
1) Strengths-based management leads directly to measurable results
Gallup’s research suggests that people who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engagement at work, 8% more productive, and 15% less likely to leave their employers. That has a direct impact on your bottom line: firms whose employees are highly engaged outperform their competitors by 147% on earnings per share.
2) Strengths-based management lays a foundation for key business growth opportunities
As all of our clients know, a clear idea of our strengths helps us refine our S.W.O.T, develop our Communication Strategy, identify and mitigate potentially weak areas in the company, and strategize for strong organizational structure. These are the key business decisions that any entrepreneur is faced with throughout all stages of growth.
3) It contributes to a productive, profitable work culture
As the above statistics underline, time spent leveraging our strengths will yield far more results than improving our weaknesses. It also contributes to a more positive, potential-focused way of engaging the world, leadership and work. And study after study demonstrates that a positive work culture is more productive.
Our clients have consistently found that taking the time to discover the team’s strengths has been invaluable in leading to higher levels of engagement, productivity, and profitability. So whether your team is having trouble ‘clicking’ and you want to make a change, or you want to improve your healthy team even further, StrengthsFinder has significant, proven potential to make a measurable and long-lasting impact in your business.
Want to learn more?
If you’re interested in finding out your top strengths, or those of your colleagues, let us know!
We’ll work with you to administer the assessment, analyze the results, identify potential shifts for you to make, and evaluate patterns throughout your team. Time and time again, we have found it one of the most valuable psychometrics available to generate results.