How to Build Trust With Coworkers Using StrengthsFinder

How to Build Trust With Coworkers Using StrengthsFinder

Someone once said, “Trust is like oxygen – you only notice it when it’s not there.” It’s almost like an invisible foundation, where without it, everything falls apart. The problem with trust is it’s often hard to understand. It’s like it’s there or it’s not. But, what if it’s actually not all that ambiguous? What if there is more of a science to trust than we know to explore? If we spend so much time learning about our Strengths and how to have Tough Conversations, where does Trust come into play if it’s so important? Let’s start with Strengths. At Trybal, we’re huge fans of StrengthsFinder. If you’ve worked with us, we’ve likely taken you and the folks at your organization through a StrengthsFinder workshop and some one-on-one coaching. What tends to be pretty fun for people is when we reveal the concept of Dark Side Labels with our infamous Darth Vader slide on our PowerPoint deck. We teach people that everyone has Dark Sides and that we can talk about them with levity. Rather than attacking who someone is in their identity, we explain that the flip-side of the coin of what’s truly extraordinary about you is where you find your Dark Sides. Now, when it comes to trust, someone’s common Dark Sides or simple lack of Strength in a certain area may negatively impact any of the four cores of trust, as defined by Stephen M. R. Covey in his best-selling book, The Speed of Trust. The four cores are: Integrity Intent Capabilities, and Results If your Adaptability Strength has you go with the flow a little...
Does going to work feel like a drama fest?

Does going to work feel like a drama fest?

Teamwork feel more like team-drama? Most of us know what it feels like to be on a team that feels more like a high school locker room than a professional workplace. If you look back on those experiences, you probably feel certain of who or what the problem was. Here’s the problem with that: we don’t often know things, we usually assume them. Our perspectives are stories.  Our stories are missed opportunity. However, when we look at our teams through StrengthsFinder and choose to get curious (instead of judgmental), we can transform our workplaces from a drama fest to a professional, goal-oriented workplace. In other words, you can unleash the vibe of your Tryb! Take our friend, Tracy, for example. Here’s a snapshot of a typical day at work for her: Tracy walked slowly down the hall, rarely making eye contact, checking her phone. Tracy rarely engaged people around the office in small talk except for a couple of her peers. Amongst the staff, the general opinion was that Tracy didn’t care, was arrogant and had her favorite clique. You were either in or you were out. Most felt they were out. As Tracy walked through the building she felt people were avoiding her. She noticed Shara look up, frown, and stare at her computer. Across the room, Thomas was shuffling papers on a desk that looked like it should be on the tv show about hoarders. As she neared Marcus’s desk, she could hear a lively discussion taking place until they noticed her, at which point they abruptly halted the conversation and moved on. As she reached the conference room, Tracy...
Say “Goodbye 2016” and “Hello” to the Excitement of 2017!

Say “Goodbye 2016” and “Hello” to the Excitement of 2017!

2016 is almost over, and what a year it’s been! At Trybal, we like to look back on what we’ve accomplished, what we need to improve, and what lies ahead in the New Year. We can say with some certainty, when it comes to Trybal, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Before we talk about next year, let’s recap some of our greatest hits from 2016 based on what you, our readers, read most. Best Posts of 2016 How to Kill Death by Meeting Using StrengthsFinder Methodology When to Talk About it and When to Let it Go How to Talk to People Better How to Leverage Strengths in the Workplace The Cost Potency of Ineffective Leadership Based on these top 5, we think it’s safe to say you guys want to utilize your Strengths more and have better conversations. We have some good news! We’ve combined Strengths and Communication into one super awesome, easy to follow course! That’s right - your favorites all wrapped up into one, and we cannot wait to share it with you in January. Which leads us to… What’s Coming in 2017 We are so excited…no, over the moon to be launching the first course in our Conversation Mechanics series called How to Talk About It! If you’ve been reading the blog, you’ve probably seen a call to action to subscribe for discounts. That’s because we want you, our awesome followers, to have first dibs on our best content. And How to Talk About It is already feeling the love: “This workshop provides a comprehensive and easy to follow road-map for having productive and effective...
What a Stupid Comment Actually Taught Me About Strengths

What a Stupid Comment Actually Taught Me About Strengths

I did something I’m not proud of. Fortunately, Trybal has taught me to look for the lesson in everything, so I discovered something about Strengths. Here’s what happened: It’s yesterday. I’m scrolling through Instagram on a little work break, and I notice a fashion icon I follow had gotten some work done on her face. Like, work. I scroll through the comments to see if anyone commented about it. Yep. I’m not the only one thinking it. I see someone’s posted about it, so I decide that’s a good reason for me to post also. I write, “Face surgery…” About a minute later, I return to my comment to delete it, realizing it was impulsive and unkind, but I see I am already blocked from viewing her profile. I squirm inside. Uh oh. I am one of those people. A hater. I sit for a moment and feel really awful. Rosanna, get a grip. You’re a grown woman. Why would you be rude and snarky in a public forum about anyone? And then I observe it. The question. It comes subtly but powerfully. “Am  I a good person?” I know the question pretty well. I just wrote a curriculum with my colleagues that contained and explained that exact question. Stuck in the moment, I struggled with my identity and what I think about who I am. ENTER STRENGTHS. My top five Strengths are Achiever, Belief, Responsibility, Activator, Woo. In the moment I made that unnecessary comment, I can tell you my Strengths were showing up on their dark sides. My Activator was impulsive - I acted quickly without thinking. My Belief was judgmental - how superficial, I...
5 Ways StrengthsFinder Will Transform Your Team

5 Ways StrengthsFinder Will Transform Your Team

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you probably know what StrengthsFinder is and perhaps have even benefited from it. If you’re new to our Tryb, StrengthsFinder is an assessment created by the Gallup Organization which helps you identify your Top 5 Strengths out of a potential 34. Your Strengths are natural patterns of thinking, feeling or behaving you possess that can be productively applied. They interact with each other to create a unique blend. There’s actually only a 1 in 33 milliion chance that someone has the same Top 5 Strengths as you in the same order. Your Strengths have a dark side, which is the part a lot of people love learning about. Your Strengths also influence your particular Leadership Style. And, most important, knowing your Strengths and the Strengths of your teammates can transform how you work together. In fact, here are 5 ways StrengthsFinder will transform your team: 1. It creates safety.  It’s not always easy to talk to people in a constructive manner about what they’re doing if it isn’t benefitting the team. If you bring it up, they often take it personally and feel offended, so you may just try to deal with it. StrengthsFinder dissolves a lot of this. When everyone on your team takes the assessment, they learn about the dark sides of their Strengths and how to Sophisticate them (in other words, express the light side more often than the dark side). It becomes common knowledge that everyone has dark sides, and that it’s totally normal. Once people realize they don’t have to hide their weaknesses, that their weaknesses are most...
[Lucrative Lookback] How to Work With Difficult People Who Make You Cringe

[Lucrative Lookback] How to Work With Difficult People Who Make You Cringe

We’ve all met our fair share of cringeworthy people - you know, the folks who never seem to know where the line is. Or, the ones who are blatantly hypocritical and don’t seem to know it. Or, the coworker you really wish would at least pretend not to be on their phone while they’re talking to you. Or…the list could go on for days! In this week’s Lucrative Lookback, we’ll consider how we can change our experience with these “difficult people” to preserve our sanity and create a work environment where we can do more than just survive. We may find that a little perspective goes a long way. What’s even better? We’ll explore how to work with these difficult personalities in 250 words, or less! Think about this… To date, we don’t have computers as sophisticated as the human brain. Each of your coworkers has potentially more computational power than any of the computers at your company! Perhaps you’re thinking, “Not my coworkers! Some of them just have difficult personalities. They could never be as sophisticated as a door knob, much less a computer!” Now, consider this quote by Albert Einstein: “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” People have unique Strengths that act as their filter for how they think, act, and feel. If everyone had exactly the same Strengths and thought exactly the same way, life would be pretty boring and new ideas would be rare at best. There’s power in diversity and seeing it...