Use Strengths To See 6x Employee Engagement

If your employees could be 6x more engaged and be 3x more likely to have a good quality of life, you'd take it, right? That's what Donald Clifton, inventor of Gallup's StrengthsFinder assessment, found in his research on using your natural talents at work. Those who use their strengths daily feel 6x more engaged than those who don't.

87% Of Employees Don't Dig Their Work

Only 13% of employees worldwide are fully engaged on the job (source: Gallup). To make this even more disappointing, there's a well-established connection between engagement and: customer satisfaction, profitability, productivity, employee turnover, absenteeism, shrinkage (theft), safety, and quality. It's time to get this in order!

Only 38% Of Companies Meet Development Needs

According to a Blessing White study, only 38% of employees believe that their employer's approach to career development meets their needs. It's time to help team members own their careers so they're not waiting on you for promotions and ideas for what to do next. When you invest in their natural talents, their strengths benefit both parties.
When you bring Lisa to your event to speak, you’ll feel her experience fused into a strategic & light hearted package, with a solid dose of business acumen to back it up. To get a sense for whether Lisa is a good fit, read some testimonials below and check out the sample keynote video.

Lisa has experience building a strengths-based culture as a corporate executive. She has an MBA and is a Certified Strengths Performance Coach with Gallup, Inc., the biggest catalysts for and analysts of the strengths revolution. If you’re familiar with the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment, you’ll ask, “what are your top 5 Talent Themes?” Lisa’s are Strategic, Maximizer, Positivity, Individualization, & Woo. Like you'd expect, she has put those strengths to use with over 9,000 participants in 14 countries.
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We're facing a worldwide epidemic. And we're not here to talk to you about the avian flu. It's the business impact of low employee engagement. Engagement is at a devastatingly low 13% worldwide.

So what's the solution? Well, you have to find the cause first. We administer Gallup's Q12 Employee Engagement survey and practices to help your company boost productivity and profitability. The results tell you where you're lacking and what to do about it. Gallup research has found that managers who focus on employee strengths can practically eliminate active disengagement.
We were lucky enough to have Lisa do our keynote address from the big stage. She did an excellent job connecting with her audience & providing them with provocative thought leadership. She was rated the #1 speaker at the two day conference.
Susan TCEO
Wow, Lisa really delivered a speech, I mean performance, I won't forget. She was captivating. She's professional, engaging and eloquent. She is a breath of fresh air and inspired all. The employers as well as the employees gained value from her speech.
Val NCEO
I have had the chance to work with Lisa over the past 6 years with both domestic and international events. Lisa has a unique style that puts her participants at ease & eager to learn. You always leave her sessions feeling refreshed, inspired, and ready to take action.
Sue CCareer Development Director
Lisa is among the best—commanding presence, extremely personable and polished, terrific diction, crisp content & with great credibility in front of our worldwide audiences at all levels. I'd eagerly work with her again.
Brennan DProgram Director
Lisa helped us develop and train our marketers around the globe. She did an amazing job, went beyond her scope, came with creative ideas, and injected her sessions with tons of interaction and energy. It was a pleasure to work with her & I will hire her again.
Ana VMarketing Director
One of Lisa’s strengths is her ability to adapt her style to the audience. She took the time to get to know and understand our management team and our challenges. They were engaged and walked away from each session with valuable tools they could use immediately.
Stephanie MCorporate Controller
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Influencing Audiences Through Your Strengths - With Andy Sokolovich

  This Episode's Focus On Strengths Andy Sokolovich joins us to help you lead through your strengths at work. You'll find this episode especially useful if you need to influence others at work. He does it with his talent called WOO (Winning Others Over). He also shows the world how your natural talents are cooler than purple rain.   Listen Links Give the full episode a listen on iTunes or Stream The Audio Right Here.   Subscribe To subscribe and review, here are your links for listening in iTunes and Stitcher radio. Subscribing is a great way to never miss an episode - let the app notify you each week when the latest question gets published. You can also stream any episode live on the website. Just click through the title you like and there will be a player waiting for you on each page. See you there!   Here's A Transcript of The Full 32 Minute Interview Lisa Cummings: You mentioned Woo as one of your top talents, and it is one that interestingly, when I'm doing training events or speaking events, people probably more than any other, mention that one, and have a negative reaction to seeing it on their list, and they say, "I've been told that I talk too much in my career," or, "I've been told that I'm shaking hands and kissing babies, and that it doesn't look genuine," I've had a lot of people show a lot of concerns about that talent, and several others give a similar response. So Andy, talk to people about anything that you see in people where they've been trying to squash their talent and their career, because it's not really a virtue.   Andy Sokolovich: Yeah Woo is definitely one that often gets highlighted a lot. Either you hear people talk about Woo and say, "The first thing I think of is the smarmy salesman that gives you a nice firm handshake and brings you in for that half hug with the sole desire of getting to buy something from them."   That's not the case. I do see a lot of people suppress their Woo, because they do not want to come across as that.   Granted, I embrace my Woo. I give it the double hug, bear hug. Bring it in. I love having Woo. Why? It has really allowed me to build my social capital to a level that I would never be able to do if I don't think I had that. Here's the thing. I'm not very good at noticing emotions in people, so some of those emotionally driven strengths, or people will notice that, "Hey, you're coming across to strong," or, "Hey, this person is kind of freaked out by the fact that you're super positive and excited, and way outgoing."   Lisa Cummings: So when they stick out their hand out to shake your hand…and you give them a big bear hug instead they think, "Whoa buddy."   Andy Sokolovich: Yeah. What is that? That is just the type of person that I am. But what I'm finding now, more and more, is that people are receptive to that as opposed to get offended or feel like they need to go on the defense. I tell people, "If you have the strong desire to go out and meet others to shake hands, to foster relationships, to grow your social capital, use it," because that's an untapped talent that a lot of people are not willing, especially managers, are not willing to foster that growth within their organization.   This is my pet peeve on job descriptions. I feel we've created this way that we employ people: we give them a paragraph of what they're going to be paid to do. You have to have this degree, you have to have this amount of years experience, you have to have this, this, and this. Once all of those items are checked off here's a block of text that says what you're paid to do, yet we don't take enough initiative to unearth those untapped talents from those individuals and see what they're naturally good at.   Now just imagine if you had somebody who was just overflowing with Woo. Someone who wanted to go out and meet people, who wanted to grow new relationships, wanted to bring new people into the business. And instead they were stuck in a cubicle crunching numbers.   Is that the best use of their talents from a business perspective? My answer is probably not. Don't let them just sit ...
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