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How Can You Offer The Awesomeness Of Your Strengths Without Sounding Arrogant?

In this episode, Lisa answers the question: How can you share your awesomeness without sounding arrogant or entitled? Have You Downloaded Your Manager Tool For Strengths Conversations? If you’re a manager and you want to help your team members feel less awkward about speaking positively about the contributions they can make to the team, please…

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How Can Team Culture Be Shaped By Strengths?

In this episode, Mike Ganino joins Lisa to answer the question: How can team culture be shaped by strengths? Have You Downloaded Your Strengths Tools? One of the best ways leaders can build a strengths-based culture is to offer an appreciation of strengths in action. If you’ll notice what works, you’ll get more of what…

What Should You Do When Two Talents Contradict Each Other?

What Should You Do When Two Talents Contradict Each Other?

In this episode, Lisa answers the question: What should you do when two talents contradict each other? Don’t worry — you’ll be fine if you work on situational fluency and communication. Resources of the Episode You’ll find lots of StrengthsFinder, leadership, and team tools on our Strengths Resources page. Have You Downloaded Your Strengths Tools?…

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What Do Strengths Look Like Under Stress?

In this episode, Lisa answers the question: What do strengths look like under stress? She shares the three things that might unintentionally bring out the shadow side of your strengths under stress, and then gives you ways to reframe them from bad to better. Have You Downloaded Your Strengths Tools? One of the best ways…

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Would StrengthsFinder Make A Great Hiring Tool?

In this episode, Lisa answers the question: Would StrengthsFinder make a great hiring tool? Although it might seem logical, once you dig a little deeper, you’ll realize it’s not a great idea. But don’t despair — Lisa also gives you tips on how to use your team’s natural Strengths to compensate for the ones it…

Prevent Conflict by Knowing Your Talent's Needs, Expectations, and Assumptions

Prevent Conflict By Knowing Your Talent’s Needs, Expectations, and Assumptions

In this episode, Lisa explains how knowing your strengths, and the strengths of others, can help you get along better at work. You’ll also find out what grizzly bears have to do with the workplace! Have You Downloaded Your Strengths Tools? One of the best ways leaders can build a strengths-based culture is to offer…

What do StrengthsFinder Colors Mean?

What Do StrengthsFinder Colors Mean?

In this episode, Lisa answers the question: What do the StrengthsFinder colors mean? She describes the three things you need to consider when looking at your colors: your thoughts, your demands, and your filters. Have You Downloaded Your Strengths Tools? One of the best ways leaders can build a strengths-based culture is to offer an…

Can Working In Your Weakness Zone Lead To Burnout?

In this episode, Lisa tackles the topic of preventing employee burnout. She uses the example of an under-watered plant: if you see the leaves turning yellow, your first thought is to add more water. But sometimes yellow leaves are a sign that the plant is overwatered—by adding more, you’re just drowning it. In the same…

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If Every Person Has Unique Gifts, Shouldn’t They Be Easier To Spot?

Strengths Focus For This Episode In this episode Lisa answers the question, “If every person has unique gifts, shouldn’t they be easier to spot?” She uses the example of her trip to Bratislava, Slovakia, to explain that it’s hard to see what’s going on in our own heads every day. To help us learn what…

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Is StrengthsFinder A Personality Test?

Strengths Focus For This Episode In this episode Lisa answers the question, “Is StrengthsFinder a personality test?” She uses proof from both research data and real-life examples. She shows that StrengthsFinder is actually not a personality test, but instead a performance-based tool. Resources of the Episode To find proof points and stats that can help…

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Should You Stop Using Natural Talents That Cause You Trouble At Work?

Strengths Focus For This Episode In this episode Lisa answers the question, “Should you stop using natural talents that cause you trouble at work?” The short answer is no. The talent, or combination of talents, that’s causing you trouble is your natural talent.  It’s much better to work to find other ways to utilize the…

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Is There Proof That Strengths Focused Development Works?

Strengths Focus For This Episode In this episode Lisa clearly answers the question, “Is there proof that strengths focused development works?” After looking at some business-related ROI, she offers a metaphor to bring the point alive with a visual. Resources of the Episode Lisa recommends this classic book by Donald O. Clifton and Paula Nelson,…

10 Culture Building Tips For Managers Who Want To Build A Strengths Based Team – With Merywen Wigley, Maya Tremelling, and Cheikh Tall of FHI 360

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths This week Lisa chats with Cheikh Tall, Maya Tremelling, and Merywen “Wenny” Wigley, of FHI 360. Their amazing company is working in 70 countries to find cures for many of the world’s deadliest diseases, provide water for villages in Africa, and promote the health and well-being of all people. In…

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How To Embed Strengths In Your Company After StrengthsFinder Training – With Murray Guest

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths This week Lisa chats with Murray Guest. They focus on embedding strengths into your company culture after StrengthsFinder training. Instead of just participating in a training, then putting your results and notes away, find ways to sustain the use of strengths at work and home. Using your strengths will improve…

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Use Your Strengths To Fuel Your Leadership Journey – With Dave Stachowiak

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths This week Lisa chats with Dave Stachowiak. They focus on using your strengths to fuel your leadership journey. If you have ever compared yourself to someone else in the business world (which is probably most of us), or if you’ve had a career path that has zigged and zagged, then…

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Using Your Strengths For Authenticity and Connection – With Strother Gaines

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths This week Lisa chats with Strother Gaines, where they talk about using your strengths to maximize the authentic “you” at work.  Strother works with a lot of clients who feel trapped in other people’s expectations. This interview will help you look at your innate talents and focus on who you are…

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Building Culture By Hiring For Talents That Align With Company Values – Interview With Bruce Ge And Neil Davis of Jobs2Careers

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths This week Lisa speaks with Bruce Ge and Neil Davis, who join us to talk about what it’s like to create an amazing culture at your company. They both give specific examples of ideas you can implement. Bruce Ge, the CEO at Jobs2Careers, gives insight into the most important functions of executives.…

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10 Ways To Improve Your Company Culture – Insights from Jobs2Careers with Samantha Smith & Suong Luu

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths This week Lisa speaks with Samantha Smith, who joins us to talk about what it’s like to create an amazing culture at your company. She gives very specific examples of ideas you can implement, no matter what your current title is. Unlike our usual audio-only interviews, this one was onsite at the…

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How To Use Your StrengthsFinder Report – With Pete Mockaitis

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths This week Lisa speaks with Pete Mockaitis, who joins us in a live example of what it’s like to explore your StrengthsFinder results for the first time. Pete’s Top 10 StrengthsFinder Talent Themes:  Ideation, Strategic, Learner, Activator, Input, Connectedness, Woo, Communication, Positivity, Individualization Lisa’s Top 10 StrengthsFinder Talent Themes:   Strategic,…

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To Build A Strengths Focused Team, Start With What’s Right – With Lexy Thompson

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths This week Lisa speaks with Alexsys (Lexy) Thompson. They discuss lots of ideas about how to apply strengths to both conflict on your team and gratitude on your team. If you interact with others in your daily life, then this is the episode for you! Lexy’s Top 10 StrengthsFinder Talent…

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Why Use StrengthsFinder With Your Team – With Adam Seaman

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths This week Lisa speaks with Adam Seaman. They chat about the difference between strengths and talents, as well as practical applications for your top strengths. This interview is a great introduction to what you can do with Clifton StrengthsFinder. Adam’s Top 10 StrengthsFinder Talent Themes:  Strategic, Individualization, Ideation, Intellection, Input, Adaptability, Command,…

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Use Your Gifts To Chase Career Fulfillment – With Marcus Sheridan

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths Today’s episode features Marcus Sheridan, also known as The Sales Lion. Marcus is a marketing and sales guru. He’s best known for his concept “They Ask, You Answer.” He has definitely given us a kick in the pants when it comes to making helpful video content and making an “answers”…

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You Have 20,000 Moments For Strengths Today – With Steven Beck

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths Today’s episode features Steven Beck, one of the top Gallup StrengthsFinder experts. In fact, he trained Lisa back in the day! This interview focuses on the concepts of peak experience, how to use your Top 5 to bring out the best in others, and great information on how to make…

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5 Career Lessons From Grandma – With Lisa’s Grandma Venetta

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths Today’s episode is a unique opportunity to hear from someone who has already been there, and done that – Lisa’s Grandma Venetta. Lisa interviews her Grandma to get valuable insight into better ways to value your own life experiences, use your own strengths, and see the good in others. In…

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What BS Story Are You Telling Yourself About Your Career? – With Kim Ades

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths Today’s episode includes an interview with Kim Ades, president and founder of Frame of Mind Coaching. You’ll get some insights about how your strengths come out (or get hidden) based on your mindset.  She also helps you see how your ability to thrive in your strengths is shaped by the way…

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Create A Strengths Habit – With Michelle McQuaid

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths Today’s episode features Michelle McQuaid, the author of “Your Strengths Blueprint: How to be Engaged, Energized, and Happy at Work.” During this engaging interview, Lisa Cummings chats with Michelle about her personal experience using her unique Strengths. Michelle shares practical examples about how she made huge changes not only at work,…

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Boost Your Wellbeing Through Strengths – With Matt Swenson

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths This month’s episode features Matt Swenson, who is another StrengthsFinder all-star. He helps his clients use their Strengths to improve the well being of the whole person. Lisa’s interview with Matt provides cool tools to help you apply your natural talents to your wellbeing. If you are ready to create…

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Change Team Dynamics With Yes, And – With Gary Ware

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths This month’s episode features Gary Ware, whose mission is to help people “energize their work.” If you find that your job is sometimes humdrum, and that your team’s ability to create new, innovative ideas is stifled, then this is the episode for you. Gary provides practical tools (and cool examples) you…

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Join Up Your Strengths & Career Path – With David Ralph

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths This episode will energize and encourage you to take a big leap toward living the life you truly want to live. Lisa speaks with David Ralph, a man who ditched his corporate life, took a leap, and is now living a life that he loves (and it meant he went from working…

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Spark Your Creative Mojo – With Melissa Dinwiddie

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths In this episode, Lisa has a fun conversation with Melissa Dinwiddie. Melissa is a multi-talented, creative person who lights up your day with her voice and enthusiasm! She helps her clients to use their strengths to get their mojo back when they feel like their innovation gene has left the…

Build A Well Rounded Team, Not A Well Rounded You – With Jim Collison

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths In this episode, Lisa speaks with Jim Collison. He manages a technology team at Gallup in Omaha, Nebraska. He also champions the community for Gallup Certified Strengths Coaches, so he’s the poster child of the movement for many strengths professionals. You’ll find this podcast particularly interesting if you’re ready to…

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The Quit Alternative: Instead, Take That Job And Love It – With Ben Fanning

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths Ben Fanning shows you how to take the job you’re already in and shape it into something you’ll love. He says to think twice before quitting your job. He cautions you to look carefully before you fire a team member. Why? Well, it’s because both actions can cost as much…

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How To Use Your Team’s Talents To Swap Tasks And Leverage Their Strengths – With Jessica Rhodes

This Episode’s Focus on Strengths Jessica Rhodes joins us to show you how to apply your top strengths. She also shares some magical ideas for uncovering the natural talents of people on your team. You’ll find this episode especially useful if you’ve had your team take the StrengthsFinder survey, yet wondered how to actually apply…

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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.…

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Engage Employees Through Strengths – With Grace Laconte

This Episode’s Focus On Strengths Grace Laconte joins us to help you lead through your strengths at work. You’ll find this episode especially useful if you manage a team or if you’re struggling to relate to colleagues. She also gives excellent insight into employee engagement.   6 Things You’ll Learn In This Episode Know You’re In Your Strengths Zone. What…

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Use Strengths To Create Customer Moments – With Mike Ganino

This Episode’s Focus On Strengths Mike Ganino joins us to help you lead through your strengths at work. You’ll find this episode especially useful if you manage a team and you’re trying to create a better culture at work–one that your customers can feel too. You’ll also love this episode if you’re fun and you like people who…

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Steal The Show In Your Next Presentation At Work – With Michael Port

This Episode’s Focus On Strengths Michael Port joins us to help you lead through your strengths in all of the performances in your corporate life. You’ll find this especially useful if you give presentations, if you’re interviewing for a job, or if you’re delivering a speech in front of others.   What You’ll Learn You’ll…

Stop Selling Your Ideas - with Ian Altman

Stop Selling Your Ideas At Work – With Ian Altman

This Episode’s Focus On Strengths Ian Altman joined me to bust the myth that you’re always selling ideas at work. In this episode, you’ll see instead how you should stop trying to persuade and convince. Stop trying to push your solution. Stop focusing on your value. And start focusing on their problems. Start serving them from…

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Build Extraordinary Relationships Through Your Strengths – With Jason Treu

This Episode’s Focus On Strengths Jason Treu joined me to chat about using your natural talents to build better relationships at work. He gives lots of ideas for building real connections.   What You’ll Learn Jason reminds us that business is not the only thing about your life. And he translates it into asking simple questions like, “what do you…

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Tie Your Personal Brand To Your Natural Talents With Ryan Rhoten

This Episode’s Focus On Strengths Ryan Rhoten joined me to chat about using your natural talents to understand and design your Personal Brand. If you want to have a rockin’ career, you need to know what your brand is (you have one whether you tried to or not). And then you can do branding efforts to leverage your…

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Stand Out By Using Your Strengths At Work – With Dorie Clark

This Episode’s Focus On Strengths Dorie Clark joined me to chat about using your uniqueness to Stand Out at work. If you want to improve your personal brand or reinvent yourself at work, this is a must-listen episode of Lead Through Strengths. We talked about applying your greatest strengths at work to help you stand…

How Do You Ask Someone To Mentor You - And Find A Great Fit?

How do you ask someone to mentor you? And find a good fit?

  This Episode’s Question I have a question about finding a mentor. I hear consistently that it’s an exceptional tool for professional development. I’m not sure where to find one…and if I do find one, how can I make sure they’re a good fit?   What You’ll Learn – How to ask a mentor for their time…

Major career shift – how to get someone to take a chance on you

  This episode’s question How do I  make the leap from an operational role to a sales role?   What you’ll learn – That you’re not alone if this seems like a tough career conundrum.   – How you can make a major career change (even into an entirely new field) without having to start over in an…

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now? When To Quit To Chase Work You Love – With Scott Barlow

This Episode’s Question Ingrid says she’s pretty close to knowing what she wants to do with her career. And she even has a list of potential employers collected. These are companies where she could put these new ideas to use. Yet she’s just not sure of the timing.  She’s afraid once she actually gets into the…

Stop Taking So Many Training Courses - Learn On The Job Instead

Stop consuming training courses – go learn on the job instead

  This Episode’s Question Hi. This is Ivy Portwood. My question is: how do I keep learning on the job? And where do I find the most relevant sources of information to contribute to both my current work and my longer-term career aspirations? Thanks.   What You’ll Learn In The Audio – The two types of skills you…

How To Keep Your Resume Out Of The Trash Bin

How to keep your resume out of the trash bin – keeping it uber relevant

  This Episode’s Question Hi. I have a question for you on resume composition. Now that I’ve been in the workforce for awhile and have various roles under my belt, I’m struggling with what to include and exclude on my resume. How do you balance including roles and experiences you know are relevant (and you…

Convincing Your Manager You're Ready For A Promotion

Ready for your promotion? How to convince your manager.

  This Episode’s Question I really feel like I’m ready for a job promotion, to take on more responsibilities, and to build more skills. But I’m not sure how to have that conversation with my manager.   What You’ll Learn – How to make YOU the obvious answer when your leadership team considers people for new roles,…

Unrealistic Job Descriptions are Killing Me – How Many Of The Skills Do I Really Need?

  This Episode’s Question I’m in the petroleum industry. I have a two part question. One is – how would you go about finding six figure job openings?  And then from there, how would you approach a very cookie cutter job description? They seem so rigid – as if no one would fit the qualities, skills,…

Resumes: should you make a unique one for each job you apply for?

  This episode’s question I’m looking for a new job. And I’m considering a couple of different kinds of jobs. So do I need a separate resume for each type of job that I’m applying for?   What you’ll learn – How to stop wasting your time submitting resumes to recruiters and hiring managers who throw…