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© Ryan Stevenson | Dreamstime.com

As a society, we constantly feel the need to fix the flaws we find most fault with. We may read a self-help book or take a personality test.  Companies often send their workers to personal development seminars, which tend to focus on ways to identify and “improve” our weaknesses.  In the long run, do we actually make any permanent changes to our “weaknesses,” or do we just acknowledge them and go back to life as it was, in our comfort zone?

What if we turn this concept upside-down and find ways to identify and utilize our strengths?  That is precisely what the Gallup Foundation did after interviewing thousands of individuals over a 30-year period.

Author Tom Rath notes the significance of finding and utilizing our strengths in The Gallup Management Journal:

“…we’ve seen more and more evidence that demonstrates that focusing on your talents is important. We did a survey in 2004 that examined what happens when your manager ignores you, focuses on your strengths, or focuses on your weaknesses. We found that if your manager focuses on your strengths, your chances of being actively disengaged go down to one in one hundred. However, if your manager primarily focuses on your weaknesses, your chances of being actively disengaged are 22%, and if your manager ignores you, that percentage rises to 40%.”*

Once you discover what truly excites and motivates you, you’ll understand and appreciate what motivates others.  This will broaden your understanding of what makes each of us tick differently. You’ll improve your work and personal relationships. StrengthsFinder 2.0™ can be the catalyst you need to make changes toward a happier personal life and improved work life balance.

Shirley has successfully presented a version of StrengthsFinder 2.0™ that was designed by Gallup for religious organizations (Living Your Strengths™). Shirley can design and present seminars for organizations – i.e., the workplace, volunteer organizations, or spiritual organizations. She can also personally coach individuals, families and couples.

Contact Shirley if you are interested in knowing more about StrengthsFinder 2.0™ or Living Your Strengths™.

*Jennifer Robison. Gallup Management Journal. “Q&A with author Tom Rath”.