Do you know what your strengths are?
According to the work of Buckingham & Clifton (2001), your strengths represent the way your brain is wired to perform at your best.
So what is a strength?
Strength is the TALENT (your natural way of thinking, feeling and repeated behaviour patterns) plus KNOWLEDGE (time spent practicing, developing your skills and building your knowledge base provides a strength. A STRENGTH is the ability to provide new perfect performance in a given activity consistently.
Studies have found that the more time we spend using our strengths regularly, we experience elevated levels of confidence, less stress, more happiness and feel more engaged on our work.
But most of the time we aren't really aware of what our core strengths are and the best way to use them. Some offices environments are often the breeding grounds for a fixation on our weaknesses and spending our energies focused on what we can't do instead of using our capacity to drive and advance in the areas we already excel in.
I've asked many of my clients if they have the opportunity to do what they do best everyday? Majority say no and the longer they have spent in a particular company they feel this slipping further downwards.
It's my goal to get individuals to hone in on the strengths, below is a comprehensive list of the four domains of strengths: