fostering a community of people interested in exploring strengths
I'm privilaged to manage a group of highly motivated project managers. It has sometimes been a challenge to engage them in a meaningful personal development plan because the underlying tone was remedial in nature. Two trainers in our HRA department embraced the Strengths philosophy and moderated the Strengths Essentials course for my entire team. It was a challeng since my team works from remote locations, but they pulled it off splendidly! (thank you so much Sue and Suz!!) The benefits are huge! Among other things our personal development plans are now focused around our strengths and I see enthusiastic participation! They set their own pace and are excited when they see results. The stigma of suggesting a training opportunity because of poor performance is gone! Have any of you taken this approach to training your teams, and if so what is your experience?
Thanks for sharing and that is exciting. Yes. We have embraced a strengths based approach and folks are excited about training. Employee engagement increases when "the company" cares about people individually. Nothing says I care about you, as a person, more than providing insight into who we are, and investment in personal development.
I'm starting to coach myself, and volunteering to coach others, in strengths. Of course, strengths is a journey and not a destination, but helping others discover their strenghs is really helping me.