What are strengths?
Strengthsfinder in Singapore is made up of three main ingredients: talent, knowledge, and experience.
Talent: Talent is a natural way of thinking; feeling or behaving that is innate. This means a person with a particular talent can be counted on to operate from this consistent basis, no matter what comes his or her way. Since it is intrinsic, talent never changes and it only grows.
Knowledge: Simply put, knowledge is the sum total of the amount a person knows about his or her talent and how it applies in any given situation.
Experience: Experience is the amount of time invested in developing a certain talent. Just because someone is inexperienced does not mean a talent does not exist; only that it has limited application.
When we combine talent, knowledge, and experience together, we establish a strength, which Rath calls “the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance.”
What are the benefits of knowing our strengths?
Aside from being able to easily and consistently answer inquiries about our strengths, knowing our strengths has many individual and organizational benefits. Here are a few of the most explicit:
Employee engagement skyrockets:
Based on our research, Rath quotes an astounding statistic that employees who have the chance to use their strengths at work every day are six times as likely to have a high level of engagement at work.
Building on our strengths:
For a talent to become strength, knowledge, and experience must be added. When we identify our talent, we are much more able to target our knowledge and experience priorities and become remarkable in those areas. In fact, the strengths finder book suggests many ideas for development with each individual theme.
Knowing how to best support others:
One of our favorite benefits of the strengths finder assessment is that it introduces a common strengths language, not just for individuals, but also for teams. This means teams have the ability to communicate on a strengths basis and to adjust their words and actions based on how they can best support one another in a team environment. The level of synergy is often shocking. Once again, the strengths finder book includes suggestions for working with the strengths of others.
Identifying team gaps:
Completing the strengths finder assessment with our team will give us the ability to identify the gaps that exist on our team. Forewarned is forearmed. All of a sudden, team members with strengths that are in short supply become invaluable. Gaps can also play a strong role in recruitment considerations.
How can we discover our strengths?
The easiest way to discover our strengths is to take the strengths finder assessment for ourselves. For teams, we also offer a strengthsfinder training certification workshop through our consulting service. We will guide our team in completing the assessment and then give our unique team profile showing where our team strengths and gaps lie. We will give you suggestions for maximizing your strengths and facilitate a breakout session for team discussion. Contact us if would like to know more.