Strengths Psychology pioneer Dr. Donald O. Clifton asked the question, “What will happen when we think about what is right with people instead of fixating on what is wrong?” The Strengths movement has gained momentum over the last decade with approximately 5,000 people every day learning their strengths. 34 Strong utilizes the Clifton Strengthsfinder assessment to identify natural talent and focuses on developing that talent into strengths, bringing out the best in your people, their partnerships, and the teams that comprise the organization. The path to Organizational Interdependence comes through developing:
1) Strong People
2) Strong Partnerships
3) Strong Teams
4) Strong Organizations
What is Interdependence?
We all have a natural longing to contribute, to add value, and to know we are making a difference in our personal and professional lives. True effectiveness and our most powerful results come when we operate from Interdependence. Members of an Interdependent team rely on each other to get work done. Their modus operandi is to position team members so that each can do what he or she does best. They focus on each person’s strengths and manage around his or her weakness. A truly interdependent team is a strengths- based team—a group of imperfect but talented contributors valued for their strengths, who need one another to realize individual and team excellence.
How do you build Strong Organizations?
Strengths-based interdependent organizations are built through developing Strong people, Strong Partnerships, and Strong Teams.
So What do these 3 components look like?
- Strong Interdependent People know their strengths and are confidently vulnerable in their weaknesses. They have developed an acute awareness of the contributions that they make when they are in their Strengths Zone, and they possess a keen awareness of their needs that must be met to get them to and keep them in their Strengths Zone.
- Strong Interdependent Partners communicate effectively, collaborate efficiently, and create a mutually respectful environment.
- Strong Interdependent Teams educate each other, have conversations around strengths awareness of self and team. They focus on developing the team, because they understand that together they can go much further than they can individually.
Where can you start?
Many of our clients started out with a team workshop. You can start by clicking here to schedule your free 30 minute call with us to discuss what Strengths can do for your organization.