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1 Welcome!! Strength-Based Ministry Teams Stephanie Moore Catholic Strengths and Engagement Community (CSEC)

2 When individuals use their strengths AND come together in concert, the results are exponential

3 Introductions… Greet someone else God has called by name Discuss: A memory of a great team experience The type of team(s) you are now part of (ministry, outreach, committee, staff, councils, fund raising, corporate)

4 Agenda  The Power of Strengths Based Teams  How to Orchestrate a Strengths Based team  Exercise

5 Principles to Keep in Mind Every person is of value Every person has a contribution to make The most effective teams build on the strengths of members

6 Partner Exercise: Your Experience? …did not feel equipped? How did you feel about yourself and the process? When have you faced a challenge for which you… …knew you had just what was needed? What within yourself did you draw upon? What was the result?

7 Strengths Based Teams begin with people who know their own talents and recognize the strengths of others 1 Corinthians 12:17-20 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

8 How to do this….  If it is a team that already exists, look at the makeup of the team  If you are coming together for the first time:  Get to know one another's talents and strengths.  Where do people WANT to contribute.  What do they do well?  Where do they feel their greatest sense of satisfaction and contribution?  Orchestrate those talents based on your goals and objectives…

9 Research Around Strengths 236 Organizations 1,000,000+ Customers 250,000 Sales Professionals 25,000 Sales Managers Source: Gallup Inc.

10 A talent is a natural way of thinking, feeling, or behaving that can be productively applied. A Talent …

11 Natural or innate way of thinking, feeling, or behaving Consistent, near perfect performance in an activity you enjoy Defining the Terms Talents & Strengths TALENT STRENGTH

12 Clues to Talent To what kinds of activities are you naturally drawn? What kinds of activities do you seem to pick up quickly? In what activities did the “steps” just come to you automatically In what activities have you just “lost track of time?” During what activities have you had moments when you asked “how did I do that?” or when you said “when can I do that again?

13 Name Theme #1 Theme #2 Theme #3 Theme #4 Theme #5 Individual Talent Themes

14 What are the odds? 1 in 275,000 chance of meeting someone with your “Top 5”. God made you unique!! Source: Gallup Inc. 1 in 33 million chance of meeting someone in your lifetime with your “Top 5” in same order. 1 in 447 trillion meeting someone with your TOP 10 in same order.

15 Enjoyment and Competence: Nebraska School Study Council Research - Group 1 90 WPM 350 WPM Group 2 Source: Clinfton D.O., & Harter, J.K. (2003). Investing in Strengths Positive Organizational Scholarship: Foundations of a New Discipline Words Read per Minute Study

16 Nebraska School Study Council Research: Words Read per Minute Group 1 Group 2 90 WPM 350 WPM Group WPM Source: Clinfton D.O., & Harter, J.K. (2003). Investing in Strengths Positive Organizational Scholarship: Foundations of a New Discipline Words Read per Minute Study

17 Nebraska School Study Council Research: Words Read per Minute Group 1 Group 2 90 WPM 350 WPM Group WPM Group WPM 67% vs. 729% Source: Clinfton D.O., & Harter, J.K. (2003). Investing in Strengths Positive Organizational Scholarship: Foundations of a New Discipline The Zone

18 10 X 10 x 10 x 10 = 10, = 40

19 Steps Towards Strengths Become intimately familiar with your own talents and build strengths Help each other recognize the ways in which each person is offering his or her talents Build on strengths of the collective individuals Ask: How do you use your talent within your current role? How do you partner together so that each person has the ability to do what he or she does best? “A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” - Psalm 133:1

20 The Power of Team and Engagement Leader Does Not Focus on Strengths Leader Focuses on Strengths LEVEL OF ENGAGEMENT 0% 40% 60% 80% 100 % 20% Chances of Being Engaged in Your Work 9% 73%

21 Form Complementary Partnerships Executing: "Leaders with dominant strength in the Executing domain know how to make things happen. When you need someone to implement a solution, these are the people who will work tirelessly to get it done. Leaders with a strength to execute have the ability to "catch" an idea and make it a reality." Achiever Arranger Belief Consistency Deliberative Discipline Focus Responsibility Restorative Strengths-Based Leadership (Rath, Conchie 2008)

22 Form Complementary Partnerships Influencing: "Those who lead by Influencing help their team reach a much broader audience. People with strength in this domain are always selling the team's ideas inside and outside the organization. When you need someone to take charge, speak up, and make sure your group is heard, look to someone with the strength to influence." Activator Command Communication Competition Maximizer Self-Assurance Significance Woo Strengths-Based Leadership (Rath, Conchie 2008)

23 Form Complementary Partnerships Relationship-Building: "Those who lead through Relationship Building are the essential glue that holds a team together. Without these strengths on a team, in many cases, the group is simply a composite of individuals. In contrast, leaders with exceptional Relationship Building strength have the unique ability to create groups and organizations that are much greater than the sum of their parts." Adaptability Connectedness Developer Empathy Harmony Individualization Includer Positivity Relator Strengths-Based Leadership (Rath, Conchie 2008)

24 Form Complementary Partnerships Strategic Thinking: "Leaders with great Strategic Thinking strengths are the ones who keep us all focused on what could be. They are constantly absorbing and analyzing information and helping the team make better decisions. People with strengths in this domain constantly stretch our thinking for the future. Analytical Context Futuristic Ideation Input Intellection Learner Strategic Strengths-Based Leadership (Rath, Conchie 2008)

25 Strengths in Teams  Identify Team Strengths What strengths do our team members have?  Understand & Agree on Strengths What does each strength mean to the team? How & when can we leverage?  Leverage Strengths for Team “Can you help us accomplish this using your strength?”

26 StrengthFinder 2.0 “Strengths-Based Leadership” - Tom Rath and Barry Conchie Resources

27 Conclusion on Strengths Based Teams We thrive when we operate from our strengths The team is more engaged Our ministry will be stronger So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 2:1-30


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