How to improve performance by focusing on strengths

Building on natural talents and developing them into strengths provides your greatest opportunity for growth, engagement and performance excellence. Did you know that:

    • People who use their strengths are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs.
    • People who learn to use their strengths everyday have 7.8% greater productivity.
    • People who focus on their strengths are three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life.
    • Teams who focus on their strengths every day have 12.5% great productivity.

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So a person’s understanding of his or her own unique strengths and the strengths of colleagues can be a critical driver of individual and team performance. Smart organisations leverage team strengths to achieve their performance goals. They take steps to appreciate and develop the talent of each team member, and where possible align projects and tasks with individual and team strengths.

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Here are three steps to get started on the journey of leveraging strengths for performance.

1. Discover
Discover your unique talents using Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder® tool. Based on over 40 years of research into what makes people and organisations successful, StrengthsFinder® identifies your top 5 most dominant talents from 34 talent themes. Like your unique fingerprint, the chances of you having the same top 5 in the same order as somebody else is 1 in 33 million!.

2. Develop
The core of strengths development is focusing on developing what’s right, not fixing what’s wrong. Understand how your talents have influenced passed successes, and seek opportunities to develop them into strengths by volunteering for projects or tasks that leverage your talents.

3. Engage
Your strengths provide you with power and edge when used productively; they offer your greatest opportunity for performing with excellence and reaching your career potential. Discovering your areas of strength, and learning how to engage them productively will help you to be your best and make your most valuable individual and team contribution.

Growing Talent delivers coaching, learning and team building solutions. We help individuals, teams and organisations to maximize their potential and achieve performance excellence. Get in touch to discuss how we can help to unlock your team potential.

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