Years ago, when I was getting certified to coach CliftonStrengths (known to many as Strengths Finder), I was working with Superior Consulting Services (SCS) to implement an operating system in their business. SCS is brilliant at helping companies manage their businesses by helping them mine, organize, and see the data that drives the business.
As it turned out, I learned that they had all recently taken the CliftonStrengths assessment. I think they call that serendipity.
So prior to one of their sessions, I studied the team’s results. I loved it because it gave me insights into how they were each wired and how they worked together as a team. So many things fell into place for me!
Strengths Finder in Action
During the session, things got tense between two of the partners. I called a break and when we came back, I pointed to the differences in their Strengths.
The “Achiever” was getting frustrated with the “Deliberator” because she was quiet and not saying much. Of course she wasn’t! She was deliberating!
In real-time, we had the opportunity to correct the assumptions that were being made and turned frustration into appreciation.
It was one of the coolest coaching moments of my career. I now have every team I work with take the assessment.
The Lasting Impact of Knowing Your Strengths
Fast forward several (ok, many) years, SCS is still investing in the Strengths of its Leadership Team and its people.
“Every employee takes the CliftonStrengths assessment within their first week with us and everyone’s Strengths are proudly displayed on our wall. By knowing everyone’s strengths we all have a better understanding and appreciation for how each employee thinks and works the best along with what strengths they bring to the table. It has improved our meetings, our projects and our company.” – Lisa Schmid, SCS Owner/Partner
Strengths Finder: Focusing on Our Natural Talents
The whole philosophy behind CliftonStrengths is to help people focus on their natural talents.
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love learning about themselves (step one), but imagine the impact it can have when we now have a common language with which to understand each other. Say, the people we work with, live with, and collaborate with (step two).
Once we understand our natural recurring patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, we can articulate the value we bring and know how to ask for what we need without feeling guilty or frustrated because we are focusing on what is RIGHT about us. Not what our shortcomings are.
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To learn more about how to gain insights into yourself and your teammates, click here. You’ll be glad you did!