People usually LOVE doing what they’re already great, so why not build on that! Using StrengthsFinder to help your people understand what they are best at will help them to do their best work. Here’s how!
WHAT IS STRENGTHSFINDER?
The Gallup StrengthsFinder (also known as CliftonStrengths) was developed by Don Clifton of Gallup, an organization that is a leader in employee engagement research and consulting.
There are four domains in this assessment:
These four domains include 34 total themes, such as Responsibility, Futuristic, and Empathy, just to name a few.
Your StrengthsFinder results provide a rank order of your strongest themes and identify your top five -- this is your unique “talent DNA.” Knowing and using your and your team’s CliftonStrengths can help you and your team be more engaged, more productive, happier, and healthier. Here’s how!
HOW CAN I USE STRENGTHSFINDER TO HELP MY TEAM BE THE BEST?
Balance strengths and weaknesses to unleash your team to do their best work.
Encourage vulnerability and foster trust. Vulnerability is essential for trust, and trust is foundational to effective teamwork.
Using an objective, research-based tool like StrengthsFinder helps increase the likelihood that your team will communicate their own strengths and weaknesses to each other (vulnerability!) and gives everyone a common vocabulary to use.
Once your team has taken StrengthsFinder, have them dive into their individual and team results so they can learn about themselves and each other. Cloverleaf’s team dashboard is an excellent tool for this kind of information sharing!
Self-awareness is essential for self-development. It’s important to make sure that your team members understand their own strengths so that they can effectively use their strengths for their own development.
Try sitting down with your team members one-on-one and review their strengths with them. Check their understanding by having them outline their strengths in their own words. One of Cloverleaf’s Strengths Partners has a free tool you can use for this activity!
Improve areas of weakness.
Weaknesses are only human. The great thing about weaknesses is that they are often areas that can be improved upon with a little self-awareness and directed action.
Use your StrengthsFinder results to help your employees address those areas of improvement by making a development plan. Have them decide on one or two objectives for improvement and identify a few key results they can work toward over the next 90 days. You can even apply the same developmental plan structure to a whole team, if the team has a collective area of weakness!
Utilize Cloverleaf’s team dashboard to compare your employees’ strengths and delegate tasks to people whose strengths most closely correspond to the task demands. Playing to your strengths produces powerful results!
Say you need someone to take the lead on liaising between two departments on a project. You might want to delegate this task to someone who has strong Relationship Building domain themes
Craft a support system.
When assigning multiple employees to projects, think about balancing your team with people who have complementary strengths from the Four Domains. That way, when someone gets stuck on a task, their teammate can offer a fresh perspective on the problem.
When team members know each other and their team’s strengths, they have an enhanced understanding of how to effectively tackle problems and assign team members to certain tasks, based on their talent DNA.
Cloverleaf has a lot to offer, so check out our blog or other articles about the TEAM Dashboard.
For more help with Cloverleaf, view related help articles: