So, what exactly is a Strengths-Based Ecosystem (SBE)?
An evolving culture within an organization focused on the productively leveraged strengths of its people, resulting in a thriving work environment.
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SBE in Organizational Culture
Like any ecosystem, your organization is comprised of elements (people) that are crucial to your bottom line. In an ecosystem that is truly sustainable, each element is utilizing its strengths to drive individual prosperity, which inherently improves the performance of the ecosystem itself. Put plain and simple, not only is the ecosystem surviving, it’s THRIVING! By utilizing strengths in your organization’s ecosystem, you too can have a sustainably thriving Strengths-Based Culture.
Transfer of Energy – Each Employee is Connected
In all ecosystems, there is a flow of energy. It can be the energy of an individual at work to the energy of a team collaborating; what’s crucial about this concept is that you understand the connection between this transfer of energy and your employees. When they say “Attitudes are contagious, be they good or bad”, this is the concept coming into play. Each and every employee directly contributes to the productivity (flow of energy) within your ecosystem.
Nothing Exists in Isolation
Rarely is an issue with engagement, productivity, or even punctuality isolated to one person or event. The constant flow of energy means that the engagement and attitude of one employee is not exclusive to the engagement of another. If you’ve ever lost a top performer, then you are well aware many will follow after them.
The Necessity of Diversity in Teams
Successful teams are composed of people with complementary strengths; the gaps in one set of strengths are enhanced by the contributions of another set. Remember, stars are pointy, teams are well rounded. When you are building teams or assigning people to special projects, be aware of the importance of strengths diversity to an overall balance.
Understanding the “Food” Chain in an Organization
The traditional sense of the term “food chain” refers to the linear link within a food web. Essentially, there are producers (plants) and consumers (animals) and each has a ranking on this chain. This is not so different from an organizations ecosystem; however, truly understanding this food chain is what’s important in an SBE. There are different levels of employees interacting on a daily basis within your ecosystem, each one playing a specific role. When you consider a traditional ecosystem, you understand that the grass is just as valuable and necessary to the sustainability of the ecosystem as the hawk. However, in the workplace, this is often overlooked. In an SBE, each member is vital to the functions of the others.
100% Commitment to Adding Value
If you’re looking for a partner that does more than hand you the tool and say “Good luck”, you’ve come to the right place. Our work isn’t worth doing if you aren’t left with the knowledge, skills, and champions inside your organization to truly sustain an amazing, productive workplace environment.
The Strengths Multiplier
By accessing and developing your people’s strengths, you multiply and elevate their performance and allow them to align their Strengths and who they are behind their team and your organization. That’s better for them, and that’s better for business.