Can you hit a baseball coming at you at ninety-five miles per hour? Can you compose a symphony? Can you solve a complex mathematical equation? If you answered no to any of these questions don’t worry because the vast majority of people would probably give the same response. There are relatively few people in the world that possess these unique talents. However, that doesn’t mean that the rest of us don’t have unique talents of our own. In a study conducted by the Gallup Organization, based on over thirty years of research and through numerous interviews with people in many different countries they discovered that virtually everyone has some combination of unique talents. Their work led to the discovery of Strengths-Based Coaching which asserts that maximizing one’s strengths rather than working on correcting one’s weaknesses results in improved overall performance. Gallup identified 34 recurring themes which they grouped into four leadership domains, which are Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building and Strategic Thinking.
Everyone possesses some combination of these 34 themes which makes each person unique. In fact there is a one in thirty three million chance that any two individuals will have the same theme combination. What is really surprising is that most people are unaware that they possess these talents. We help our clients discover their talents and coach them on how to effectively convert their talents into strengths to achieve success. Studies have shown that the benefits of using strengths are:
From a personal perspective:
• Individuals can pursue careers or job opportunities where they can utilize their talents consistently and more effectively.
• People who use their strengths at work and in everyday life achieve satisfaction, joy and fulfillment.
• Knowing one’s strengths builds self-confidence and that leads to increased performance, higher income, improved health, stronger relationships and a better overall quality of life.
From an employer’s perspective:
• Leaders are able to manage more effectively and can better
motivate and inspire their teams.
• Work groups can be structured to maximize each individual’s strengths for optimal team performance.
• It cultivates a culture of cooperation, camaraderie and teamwork.
• Employees develop a deeper sense of loyalty to the organization which leads to greater engagement.
• Companies benefit from higher productivity, lower employee turnover, increased sales and profitability.