What a Strengths Guide is and How to Become One

What a Strengths Guide is and How to Become One

At Trybal, we believe being a leader means more than having a title and people reporting to you. In fact, we often encourage people without either of those things to show up as leaders in their own way, every day. Why? Because that’s how the real magic happens! By building on and sophisticating what you’re truly great at, you’ll be able to guide others to do the same. So, perhaps, what we’re really challenging people to show up as a guide, is someone who: Advises or shows others the way Helps someone find the answer inside themselves so they can form an opinion or make a decision What does a guide look like? Guides show the way for someone that allows for them to uncover and create their own unique experience. In relationship to Strengths (using the StrengthsFinder tool), you have the privilege of guiding a person or group through the discovery of themselves in relationship to the language and concepts the tool provides. Here are some key things to consider when embarking on the joyful journey for your own unfolding or that of others: Get Inspired One of the most common experiences one has when they are beginning their own Strengths Journey is one of inspiration. This unique possibility filled lens awakens the sleeping giant deep within. Many, once inspired, want to shout it from the roof top, share, empower and, in our case, guide others through their own amazing Strengths journey.  Know Thyself As in all things, some level of mastery is helpful before having others seek your counsel or support. The journey to dig deep into your Strengths is priority...
[Lucrative Lookback] How to Leverage Your Team’s Strengths in the Workplace

[Lucrative Lookback] How to Leverage Your Team’s Strengths in the Workplace

We all have those little things we don’t enjoy doing. They’re usually the things we stuff to the bottom of our to-do list. For some, it’s expense reports, for others it’s making a powerpoint to show to the boss. Think about whatever those pesky little tasks are for you; I bet you can come up with a handful. In this Lucrative Lookback, we’ll see how leveraging the strengths of your teammates can help you eliminate some of those pesky little tasks. In fact, what would life be like if you could eliminate at least half of them from your life? Sounds pretty sweet, doesn’t it?! It’s possible to make this a reality when you learn to leverage your team’s Strengths! Let’s see it in action. Boss: “I’ve had it with this “bleeping” car! “ Me: “What? What’s wrong?” Boss: “I’m supposed to pick up our two most valuable clients and it’s making loud grinding noises and won’t accelerate!” Me: “OK. Are you alright? Do I need to come get you?” Boss: “I’m pissed! This damn thing won’t go over 20 mph, the engine is revved but won’t shift into upper gears, and when I come to a complete stop the engine dies. Now I’m coasting to every stop light in hopes of not actually having to stop!” The company car was several years old and based on the description from my boss, Christine, I figured the transmission was shot. Long story short, the mechanic said the repairs were more than the car was worth. So, Christine says, “This car is a piece of shit! You can squash it flat...
Does a Strengths approach actually make a positive difference?

Does a Strengths approach actually make a positive difference?

“You just want to plug us in like machines. You want us walking around with cords hanging out of our ass like we’re not even real people!” Marshall, was an inspector on the shop floor and had been working more years than I’d been alive. I was a new manager with no prior management experience and they damn sure didn’t teach me how to deal with this situation in school.  I’ve often reflected back to that interaction with Marshall. I did NOT want to plug him in. I DID see him as a person. The only tools I had however, seemed to push more and more towards robots versus real people.  That was frustrating to me and my team. Over the years I randomly grasped for resources to help.  As many of us do, I picked up books including The Goal, Good to Great, The One Minute Manager, The Toyota Way, etc. These are all great and I got good information from each. I even enjoyed reading most of them. That said, something was still missing. Enter strengths. Most of my teams had talented, passionate people that wanted to be successful. What I see now and not so much then, is that each person contributes in their own unique way. The trick is identifying those contributions and harnessing that talent for what it is and where it resides. In other words, if my strength is being analytical and I get opportunities to leverage that talent, I’ll show up stronger, happier, and more productive.  If you ask me to do something with incomplete data and no facts, I’m going to...
How to Leverage Strengths in the Workplace

How to Leverage Strengths in the Workplace

We all have those little things we don’t enjoy doing. They’re usually the things we stuff to the bottom of our to-do list. For some, it’s expense reports, for others it’s making a powerpoint to show to the boss. Think about whatever those pesky little tasks are for you… Now, imagine what life would be like if you could eliminate at least half of them from your life. You just wouldn’t have to do them. How does that feel?! It’s possible to make this a reality when you learn to leverage your team’s Strengths! Buying a car with the boss. Boss: “I’ve had it with this “bleeping” car! “ Me: “What? What’s wrong?” Boss: “I’m supposed to pick up our two most valuable clients and it’s making loud grinding noises and won’t accelerate!” Me: “OK. Are you alright? Do I need to come get you?” Boss: “I’m pissed! This damn thing won’t go over 20 mph, the engine is revved but won’t shift into upper gears, and when I come to a complete stop the engine dies. Now I’m coasting to every stop light in hopes of not actually having to stop!” The company car was several years old and based on the description from my boss, Christine, I figured the transmission was shot. Long story short, the mechanic said the repairs were more than the car was worth. So, Christine says, “This car is a piece of shit! You can squash it flat and send it to the recycle yard. I’m never driving it again! Find me a new one and we need it soon!” Then, she listed...
The Strengths Advantage: Spend More Time in The Zone

The Strengths Advantage: Spend More Time in The Zone

The joy of being in THE ZONE. Last night we went to dinner at a yummy restaurant in Montreal, called Le Bon Vivant. If you don’t know, Montreal is a super hot-spot for restaurants. Chain restaurants don’t survive here, yet we have the largest number of restaurants per capita in North America. The competition for creating a trendy, delicious experience is fierce. Which is what we had last night. Mmmmmm…enter some fried chicken with watermelon-feta salad and some deep-dish thin-crust pizza. I’m not a foodie (yet!), but holy wow!!! But forget the food. I want to tell you about the experience! We sat at the bar, and in this particular set-up, you can watch the chef cook right before your eyes. I’m smiling as I write this, remembering how enjoyable it was to watch someone be in THE ZONE. Chris Grand was his name, and he was in the zone. His zone. Living out his strengths so seamlessly that it was like I was watching a well-choreographed dance. He’d swiftly pull the chicken out of the fridge, drop it in the deep-fryer, turn around to the front counter, grab the veggies for a salad, pour in different ingredients for a sauce (without measuring!), toss it with height and perfection in seconds (Look at those cucumbers fly! And he didn’t drop one!), flip back around to the stove with finesse, review his chit quickly, half-throw a pan on the burner for the next order, butter it, interact with his sous-chef, encourage her, pat her on the back, maybe even flirt a bit, turn to us and make a joke while...
How to Use Your StrengthsFinder Report to Get Results

How to Use Your StrengthsFinder Report to Get Results

Congratulations! You’ve successfully completed your Gallup StrengthsFinder Assessment and know at least your Top 5 talents and why you’re so awesome…Now what? Once you got over the excitement and curiosity of your results, you probably started scratching your head. What do I do with this now? How will this help me, or anyone else for that matter? Now we all know these words and can describe ourselves using someone else’s words. Cool…? The truth is, the report by itself is little more than that. It ends up filed away somewhere, and we occasionally pull it out on the rare chance someone asks us what our results were. This can be especially frustrating when you work for an organization and are grasping for any tool that will create some change. You’ve done it all at this point; DISC, Myers-Briggs, True Colors…and the list goes on. So, what makes StrengthsFinder any different? So. Many. Things. For the sake of time, I’ll only list 3. If you’re interested in understanding more, click here and let us know! ***LEARN ABOUT IMPLEMENTING STRENGTHS-BASED ECOSYSTEMS HERE*** 1. Creates a common language… Sometimes there is just that one person that you have a hard time with. No matter how you hard you try to like them or work with them, it doesn’t work. 9 times out of 10, the things that poke us the most about others are actually a talent expressing itself. For example, let’s say you love to come up with ideas and brainstorm…that is unless Chuck is in the room. Chuck is great and all, but he is constantly questioning EVERYTHING. Every little...