In the first part of this article, recall Gallup explained that folks who use their greatest talents daily create success not only for themselves, but for their teams and organizations.
With that in mind, let’s go back to the team described in part one. They have the basic idea down that one person can’t be everything and multiple people are needed to contribute to the common goal. But contribution hasn’t yet expanded to include the team’s inherent talents.
The team sits together during a strategy and goal planning session and consists of Sonya (Manager), and employees Fred, Kyla, Jerry, and Sheryl. The team’s HR Business Partner, Monica, is kicking off the session with an activity on understanding each other’s strengths.
Each person was given the most recent book, StrengthsFinder 2.0, ahead of time to read and complete the assessment. Each team member has come prepared to discuss their five strengths. Monica begins the session with background information, starting with the difference between a talent and a strength.
Some use these terms synonymously when in fact, a talent is the first block to building up to a strength. According to Gallup, talents are how a person feels, behaves, or thinks. Talents are employed in a constructive manner. Strengths emerge when a person actively practices their knowledge and skills in conjunction with those natural talents.
For example, let’s say a person is driven by order and must have things planned out before they occur. That would be considered talent. When that person structures daily life by focusing on project plans and deadlines, he is creating and practicing his strength by building on his inherent need for order and future planning.
After making the distinction between a talent and a strength, Monica talks about the importance of focusing on the top five themes and supplementing them with knowledge and skills in order to develop those strengths to their maximum potential. Next, she tells the group that the themes appear in ranked order.
Gallup tells us the most dominant talents are shown in a person’s top five themes, with the first one being the most prevailing. Focus on these top five and get the best prospect for strength.
Stay tuned for the next part of this article to hear how the team’s session continues to progress.