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...
My Commitment to Strengths: How I Found My Tryb

My Commitment to Strengths: How I Found My Tryb

You do what? It’s common occurrence to be asked what I do. My answer, “I’m a Strengths Coach” is often swiftly followed by a curious “How did you get into THAT?” My path to coaching, which eventually led me to Trybal Performance, is a culmination of a lot of career starts and stops. Until I channeled my natural, positive inclinations and started focusing on what I did well, instead of operating as best I could within the parameters of my shortcomings, I never really knew what was possible. My career path looks like many mid-career professional’s typical trajectory: Working in one or two industries Advancing through the ranks from rookie to proficient contributor Leading teams along the way Vacillating between sales and marketing functions Eventually seeking an advanced degree - my MBA Throughout the first part of my career, I was seeking fulfillment in the contributions I was making to the organization and my team. I was driven, focused and eager to learn from my mistakes, but couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t truly feeling fulfilled at work. My introduction to StrengthsFinder and Trybal Performance. When my department became the first in the company to adopt the StrengthsFinder assessment and methodology, Trybal founder Lexy Thompson was brought in to kick-start the program. After spending some time learning about my unique strengths, how they show up to others and ways I can leverage them further, Lexy asked us to write down the % of time we spent using our strengths at work every day. [tweetthis]What % of the workday do you use your strengths?[/tweetthis] Though I paused to contemplate her...
Marriage & the Zen of an Over-Stuffed Glove Box -Strengths for Couples

Marriage & the Zen of an Over-Stuffed Glove Box -Strengths for Couples

You know that little habit your significant other has that drives you bananas? Maybe they leave their forgotten, half-emptied cups everywhere. Or the first thing they do when you bring them a fabulous new idea is start shooting holes in it. Or perhaps they strike up questionable conversations with perfect strangers in the grocery checkout line and everywhere else they go. They have their little quirks, don’t they? And somehow they are not much of a problem until you’ve lived together for a while and you are experiencing them for the three-thousandth time. For me, one of those frustrations comes in the form of an overstuffed glove box. In every vehicle my wife and I have owned, the glove box will end up the repository of all manner of things. It wouldn’t be difficult to examine the artifacts in our glove boxes past and create a play-by-play of every road trip we’ve ever taken: extra straws, salt and pepper packets, plastic utensils, a corkscrew?, and oh my gosh the napkins! Reams of paper napkins crammed in every nook and cranny of that glove box. The problem is, there are other things in that glove box as well. Useful things! Like the insurance card, for instance. The tire gauge is in there somewhere. There’s tale of a screwdriver too, but there hasn’t been a sighting of that in years. In the past, that’s where the frustration always came in - whenever I needed one of those “useful” items, I could never find them for all her collection of drive-thru remnants. “Dadgummit, woman! Where’s the tire gauge?” I would rage as...
What Manta Rays Taught Me About My Talents

What Manta Rays Taught Me About My Talents

Last week, I was at the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado, a celebration of indomitable spirit. I was encouraged by so many stories of people working to make a difference in the world, even if in the simplest of ways. One story was particularly touching. It was inspirational, and it was strategic. It’s the story of a small village in indonesia, Lamakera, known for many years as the global center for manta ray hunting. Scenes of heartbreaking footage of the bloodied aftermath of a hunt were shown, and I couldn’t help but be drawn into the plight of this endangered species. Mantas are hunted for various reasons, but no reason is good enough to justify its extinction. As the number of mantas evidently decreased, the head of the village, in an interview, said, “We know something is wrong, but what are we supposed to do? This is our livelihood.” What happened next was what inspired me. Rather than simply outlining the problem and condemning those creating it, the documentary filmmakers decided to become a part of the solution. The story goes on to explain the campaign to turn Lamakera into a tourist village, to teach people about the wonder of the manta ray, to turn hunting boats into touring boats. And it’s really happening. A village has flipped its industry, and the world is now better for it. I love this story because it teaches lessons about life. If we apply this idea to StrengthsFinder (one of our favorite tools!), it relates to how we use our talents. If we could change the name of StrengthsFinder, we’d call...
The Fool’s Choice & The Value of Your Unique Talents

The Fool’s Choice & The Value of Your Unique Talents

I would like to dedicate this post to Curt Liesveld, who took me through my Faith Strengths Advisor Certification process, which was a lovely experience. I write this blog today in honor of him to say thank you for helping me understand my quirky uniqueness, and thank you for helping me teach others about theirs. See you in heaven. -Rosanna Refusing The Fool’s Choice. It had been a long day of work, and I still had lots to do. I sat in the office, wrote out a check-list and carried on past 6PM. As I was working, I heard music from below. My office is on top of a restaurant, one of my favorites in the neighbourhood. I groaned to myself, “If only I could be down there instead of up here.” I daydreamed for a moment, “How cool would it be if there were a fireman’s pole that would take me down there in just a few seconds?!” I worked for a few more minutes, but then I had an idea - What if instead of forsaking my work for a meal at the bar, I brought my work down to the bar with me? The two did not need to be mutually exclusive, right? I’ve been learning so much about the ‘Fool’s Choice’ from Crucial Conversations, and I decided to believe I could have my cake and eat it, too. I packed up my stuff, checklist in hand, and walked down to the restaurant. I grabbed a seat at the bar and pulled out my laptop. I ordered some sort of exotic caffeinated beverage and got to...