Picture a team of people working together each day, calling on one another to step in where their technical or educational expertise lies. One day it’s getting that software release out the door with some fabulous project management skills and the next it’s debugging code deep in a program that’s causing some heartburn. Whatever the calling, the team works pretty well together and people step in where they’re needed.
Seems like the beginning of a great team success story, right? Almost. Dig a little deeper and the team is really just scratching the surface. They’re only calling on each other from a technical skills standpoint and not necessarily from an inherent talent perspective.
The team could be so much more if they knew each other’s strengths. Arrive at decades of research done by scientists on what makes us really excel in what we do and you have StrengthsFinder.
If asked, most people will say they have heard of StrengthsFinder. However, for those that aren’t quite sure what it is, what it means, and why it’s important, there is a rather comprehensive detailing on Gallup’s website.
To quell the anticipation of digging through Gallup’s website, let’s explore the basics here. According to Gallup, the idea of pinpointing people’s strengths is to grow instinctive talents in people to increase performance.
So, what does it mean and why is it important? Gallup explains that folks who use their greatest talents daily create success not only for themselves, but also for their teams and organizations.
The StrengthsFinder tool is an assessment used to discover a person’s greatest talents by asking questions that tie back to 34 themes, five of which stand out as a person’s top strengths at the time the assessment is taken. Incidentally, these five strengths can change over time depending on where a person may be in their career or how they’re currently being utilized at work.
Aside from higher productivity and performance, Gallup goes on to say that using an approach focusing on developing the strengths of people can also decrease turnover. In addition, other benefits include not only increasing employee engagement, but customer engagement as well.
In a nutshell, StrengthsFinder is not just about utilizing people’s talents and strengths; it’s also about increasing engagement all around and growing one’s career or the business.
Stay tuned for the next part of this article, which will focus on the team discussed above discovering their strengths together.