6 Signs of a strength You feel successful, have some ability in it Drawn to the activityIt feels easy, learned it quicklyAfter, may be physically tried but not psychologically drainedFeel fulfilled, powerful, restoredBuckingham 2007
7 A strength requires certain natural talent combined with skills and knowledge
11 Capture: What you do when feeling: powerful, confident, on fire … e.g. ‘I loved it when I was learning something new about communication.’
12 Capture: What you do when feeling: drained, bored, forced … e.g. ‘I hated it when I was chasing up invoice payments.’
13 Clarify:Change tense from past to present.‘I feel strong when …’
14 Clarify: Identify which aspects are critical. Ask 4 questions: Does it matter why I do this activity?Does it matter who I do this activity with/to/for?Does it matter when I am doing this activity?Does it mater what this activity is about?
15 Strength Statement: I feel strong when … I learn something new, from someone I respect, that I can use, about communicating with people.
16 Confirm: Strengths test: 12 items, rank 1-5 E.g. I often find myself volunteering for this type of activity.I pick up this type of activity quickly.I always look forward to doing this type of activity.53+ = strength, 46- = not a strength
18 Seligman - Signature Strengths Rank orders 24 character strengths, grouped under 6 virtuesTop 5 = Signature StrengthsCharacteristics:Trait, psychological characteristicValued in its own rightOnlookers elevated, inspiredValued in almost every culture
19 What is a strength: Sense of ownership – This is real for me Feeling of excitement while displaying itSense of yearning to find ways to use itInvigoration rather than exhaustion
20 My Signature Strengths: Industry, diligence and perseveranceLove of learningCuriosity and interest in the worldHope, optimism, future-mindednessFairness, equity, justice
22 Reflected Best Self Unearths how you are experienced at your best Not the best self, your best selfHighlights your presence and impact on othersNot an abstract catalogue of strengths – provides a number of stories about you at your best
23 Ask 5-7 significant others – friends, family, co-workers, people who know you well – to share written feedback describing you at your best.Specific examplesNo negative comments
24 Reflected Best Self portrait When I’m at my best I …
26 Issues to consider when using these toolsIssue 1: People’s resistanceCan feel self-centred
27 We are works in progress Issue 2: Strengths are not staticRBS is not a static portraitWe continue to evolveStrengths Statements change as talents manifest themselves differently over timeWe are works in progress
28 Issue 3: Not an invitation to ignore weaknesses Weakness = activity that makes you feel weakManage around weaknessesNeed to identify behaviours, personality traits that might interfere with performance
29 Issue 4: Intuitive thinkers may find analysis and review frustrating These tools involve thought, mindfulness, noticing, reflecting.The language of strengths and weaknesses is mainly an emotional one.‘I love this …’, ‘I can’t stand this …’
30 Issue 5: Walk our talkDo we know our strengths?Are we comfortable talking about our strengths?Are we building a life around our strengths?
31 Issue 6: Build a life around strengths How can this knowledge be used to enhance the quality of my work and life?How might I incorporate my best self into my current job, relationships, and future career plans?
32 Making the most of what strengthens you 2 ideas - BuckinghamCreate a Strong Week PlanPush towards 2 strengths-specific activities, away from 2 weaknesses
33 2. Putting strengths to work Identify how and where each strength helps in current role.Find missed opportunities to leverage strengths in current role.Learn new skills and techniques to sharpen each strength.Build your job toward each strength.