StrengthsFinder Training

Uncover Your Teams Natural Talents And Turn Them Into Strengths That Drive Performance (hint: our weakness-fixing-obsessed workplaces aren't working)

StrengthsFinder Training Workshop Options

In-Person StrengthsFinder Workshop for Individuals: Discover Your Strengths & Put Them To Work
StrengthsFinder Training Overview: have you ever wondered why some days feel productive and energizing, while others feel totally draining? Chances are, it’s the difference between the days you’re leaning on your strengths versus weaknesses.

Join our half-day course and find out why people who use their strengths every day feel 6x more engaged at work and 3x the wellbeing of their weakness-fixing peers.

Audience: this is a great session when you’re offering a strengths course for career development. People use this one for corporate universities, conferences, company academies, or a general offering through a talent management or HR group where employees can opt into the class from many different departments. We call it an "open session" style that feels welcoming to all employees.

Size: up to 20 included in a standard event. We can go big as well - we've had rooms with 4 people and rooms with 4-digits of people.

Time: 4 hours

Hear From Peers: to get a sense for whether we're a good fit, check out some testimonials.

Virtual StrengthsFinder Workshop for Individuals: Discover Your Strengths & Put Them To Work
StrengthsFinder Training Overview: have you ever wondered why some days feel productive and energizing, while others feel totally draining? Chances are, it’s the difference between the days you’re leaning on your strengths versus weaknesses.

Join our 90 minute virtual course and find out why people who use their strengths every day feel 6x more engaged at work and 3x the wellbeing of their weakness-fixing peers.

Audience: this is a great session when you simply can't be in the same physical space with your group. Any employee can attend - all they need is an internet connection with a web browser.

Size: up to 200 included. Because you can invite so many people each time, so this also helps you stretch a tight budget. We deliver with high interaction, lots of activities, and we're on camera so that participants can make a personal connection that feels more like we're in the room together.

Technology: we use a platform called Webinar Ninja. We love the RTC technology. In layman's terms: no lag time. We're also proficient on Adobe Connect and WebEx if you require us to use your technology. Saba Cloud and others will be fine too, just check with us on additional fees to set up and customize the program if you want to run it on your platform.

Time: 90 minutes. We can also do 60 - 90 minute advanced sessions as you continue cultivating and applying strengths on your team.

Hear From Peers: to get a sense for whether we're a good fit, check out some testimonials.

In-Person StrengthsFinder Workshop for Teams: Rock Your Team Talents
StrengthsFinder Training Overview: This is our signature event for teams and departmental workgroups. Yes, you do get to "rock" your talents as a team with experiential  exercises that allow you to have fun together while you're applying strengths based concepts. We bring a differentiated approach to your participants by making the content stick with memorable musical activities.

Have you ever wondered why some days feel productive and energizing, while others feel totally draining? Chances are, it’s the difference between the days you’re leaning on your strengths versus weaknesses.

Join this half-day course and find out why teams who focus on strengths see a 12.5% boost in productivity when they focus on their natural talents at work as a work group.

Audience: this is a great session when you want to embed strengths as a focus on your team. It's great for in-tact workgroups...you know, people who work together every day. It's also a blast for team off site meetings and retreats because there's such a team building element to the exercises.

Size: up to 20 included. We can go big as well - we've had rooms with 4 people and rooms with 4-digits of people.

Time: 4 hours Hear From Peers: to get a sense for whether we're a good fit, check out some testimonials.

What If That's Too Loud For Our Office? No worries. We get it. We can bring drum heads from a "not so loud" line that are meant to stay quieter. And if that doesn't work, we can also do a more traditional training event without the percussive doodads.

What Else Can We Do Next? When you want to keep the momentum going as a team, we recommend following with the Premium Full 34 StrengthsFinder Report. That allows us a rich, advanced session. We'll talk about what each person's talents look like when they're starved and when they're fed. Because you'll have your full stack rank of 34 talents, it also allows you to see each person's "bottom of the list." As the team leader, it helps you consider which job responsibilities might be burning them out because they're calling on their lesser talents.

You can also do quarterly lunch n' learn topics (in person or virtual) to keep the strengths conversations alive.

Virtual StrengthsFinder Workshop for Teams: Ignite Your Team Talents
StrengthsFinder Training Overview: have you ever wondered why some days feel productive and energizing, while others feel totally draining? Chances are, it’s the difference between the days you’re leaning on your strengths versus weaknesses.

Join this 90-minute virtual course and find out why teams who focus on strengths see a 12.5% boost in productivity when they focus on their natural talents at work as a work group.

Audience: this is a great session when you simply can't be in the same physical space with your team. Any employee can attend - all they need is an internet connection with a web browser.

Size: up to 200 included. Because you can invite so many people each time, so this also helps you stretch a tight budget. We deliver with high interaction, lots of activities, and we're on camera so that participants can make a personal connection that feels more like we're in the room together.

Technology: we use a platform called Webinar Ninja. We love the RTC technology. In layman's terms: no lag time. We're also proficient on Adobe Connect and WebEx if you require us to use your technology. Saba Cloud and others will be fine too, just check with us on additional fees to set up and customize the program if you want to run it on your platform.

Time: 90 minutes. We can also do 60 - 90 minute advanced sessions as you continue cultivating and applying strengths on your team.

Hear From Peers: to get a sense for whether we're a good fit, check out some testimonials.

In-Person StrengthsFinder Workshop for Managers: Leading Your Team Through Strengths
StrengthsFinder Training Overview: 65% of employees reported receiving zero recognition for good work in the last year. Ouch. No wonder employees have a tough time nailing it. They get feedback that implies “not it, not it, not it” throughout the year, yet they are often oblivious to the factors that can make them a star performer.

They’re often blind to their own strengths. And managers tend to neglect telling them when they see their talents in action. Those two factors leave most workplaces full of untapped potential. In fact, managers account for 70% of the variance in employee engagement.

Join this half-day course and find out why teams that focus on strengths every day have 12.5% greater productivity (source for stats above: Gallup). Most of all, get the tools and tactics you need to lead your own team from a strengths-based approach.

Audience: this is an event exclusively for managers who have direct reports. It helps them lead through their own unique strengths, and to cultivate the strengths of people on their team to improve performance.

Size: up to 20 included. We can go big as well - we've had rooms with 4 people and rooms with 4-digits of people.

Time: 4 hours

Hear From Peers: to get a sense for whether we're a good fit, check out some testimonials.

12 Month Virtual Program for Managers: Lead A Strengths-Based Culture
StrengthsFinder Training Overview: 65% of employees reported receiving zero recognition for good work in the last year. Ouch. No wonder employees have a tough time nailing it. They get feedback that implies “not it, not it, not it” throughout the year, yet they are often oblivious to the factors that can make them a star performer.

 

They’re often blind to their own strengths. And managers tend to neglect telling them when they see their talents in action. Those two factors leave most workplaces full of untapped potential. In fact, managers account for 70% of the variance in employee engagement.

 

Although StrengthsFinder can be life changing, managers struggle to prioritize the important, yet seemingly not urgent, responsibility of talent development.

 

That's why we created a 12-month, cohort based program for leaders and high potential talent. There's a live session every month with practices, application, and discussion in between. It helps them become the leaders they want to become, and they do it with accountability partners (peers) who are experiencing the same struggles to get it right.

 

We find that most managers were promoted because they were awesome individual contributors. Then, as a people-manager, they've often received almost no development time in that space. So they repeat the traditions and models they've observed in their careers.

 

The program is based on one maxim: Stop Making Leadership So Hard. We give them 10 critical people-manager situations and explore each one in depth. Each one offers the "hard way" and the "better way" through a strengths-based lens.

 

Twelve Months of Leadership Topics:
  1. Kickoff - The Leader You Want To Become - 60 min
  2. Strengths Based Emotional Intelligence (Self): Developing Your Natural Talents - 90 min
  3. Strengths Based Emotional Intelligence (Others): Developing Their Natural Talents - 90 min
  4. Top Delegation Mistakes, And How They Stifle Performance On Your Team  - 90 min
  5. Absurd Time Management Strategies Most Managers Use & Don’t Realize - 90 min
  6. Triggers, Blind Spots, & Stress Signals, Oh My! Authenticity In The Real World - 90 min
  7. Achievement Traps Might Be Your Cause of Misaligned Expectations & Agreements - 90 min
  8. Your Candor-Meter Looks Low: How Delaying Feedback Now Creates Train Wrecks Later - 90 min
  9. Why Your Team Members Need 5x More Recognition About What’s Going Right - 90 min
  10. Practicing Radical Curiosity Boosts Your Leadership Influence & Trust - 90 min
  11. How To Turn Imposter Syndrome Into Being Indispensable- 90 min
  12. Sendoff - The Leader You're Becoming - 60 min

 

Audience: there are three common audiences:
  1. New Leaders - so that you can set the stage for them in their first year or two in people-management.
  2. High Potential Individual Contributors or Rotation Program Participants - so they can practice these critical behaviors on projects before they're in an official people-management capacity.
  3. People Managers - regardless of experience, leadership is a lifetime learning process, so you can also help your seasoned managers by examining and building on their current practices.

 

Size: up to 200 per cohort. We deliver with high interaction, lots of activities, and we're on camera so that participants can make a personal connection that feels more like we're in the room together.

 

Technology: we use a platform called Webinar Ninja. We love the RTC technology. In layman's terms: no lag time. We're also proficient on Adobe Connect and WebEx if you require us to use your technology. Saba Cloud and others will be fine too, just check with us on additional fees to set up and customize the program if you want to run it on your platform.

 

Time: 60-90 minutes, once per month for one year.

 

Structure: Each monthly topic builds on their discussions in between the live sessions.
  • Week 1 (Self-Paced): Topic launch - each topic includes videos, tools, or worksheets they complete on their own to begin marinating in that area of focus.
  • Week 2 (Self-Paced): Self assessment - each topic includes a short self assessment that allows them to discover what they're doing well and where they have blind spots or unproductive habits.
  • Week 3 (Self-Paced): Poll - participants answer a few targeted reflection questions. This deepens their application while also directing the conversation in the live training events. Their answers help us customize and make the discussion extremely relevant to the hot topics in their world.
  • Week 4 (Live Virtual Training): Participants learn additional models for thinking about that topic. They discuss tips and challenges in their cohort environment. This allows both facilitated learning from the Lead Through Strengths team and peer learning from each other.

 

Hear From Peers: to get a sense for whether we're a good fit, check out some testimonials.

 

Executive Strengths Insights Hour
ROI of StrengthsFinder - Executive Insights Hour
Conversation Includes:
  • Put Potential To Work: Assess leadership capabilities & bench strength to turn potential into performance through strengths. 
  • Leadership Legacy: Use StrengthsFinder as a tool to help you become the leader you want to become. 
  • Sustainable Business Impact: Carry strengths focused conversations forward so that team members' natural talents are aimed at company strategy and business unit goals. Leave with specific ideas for feedback practices that drive productivity, turnover, & profitability metrics.
  • Team DNA: Review your team's "heat map" to see your team's natural preferences, strengths, & potential blind spots. See how natural talents impact decision-making, execution, relationships, & influence across the organization.
Bite Sized Topics (Virtual or In Person Short Sessions)
 

Topic 1 - Strengths

Using Your Natural Talents To Build Your Best Self, And Why Weakness Fixing Is A Path Of Most Resistance

Have you ever wondered why some days at work feel productive and energizing, while others just suck the life out of you? A key technique for boosting your career satisfaction and productivity is to discover your natural talents and put them to work. In fact, people who invest in their strengths are 6x more engaged at work and report 3x better quality of life (Source: Gallup). Attend this session and learn to use your talents to become more of who you already are, while improving performance at work. This can all happen when you activate one simple model on the job: using your strengths every day makes you stronger, and using your weaknesses makes you weaker.

Topic 2 - Creativity & Innovation

Your Creative Groove: Unstick Your Mind, Clear Your Cluttered Head, & Spark Innovative Thinking

Creativity is elusive, especially for non creatives. It’s tough to generate innovative ideas at work when your head is racing with tasks, to dos, and urgent problems that popped into your day. This session offers you 18 short activities you can do when you need to get in the right headspace. Some are physical movement, some are models for thinking. Some will even feel silly, yet they will fill your tool bag with new sparks. Be prepared to move around, interact with others, and to stretch your mind. You'll examine the cognitive biases that draw us like a magnet to the current way of doing things. This session is filled with group activities, so be prepared to be on your feet a bit (yes, even in a virtual session). Rather than focusing on how to get families to Mars for their next holiday, we'll focus on the practical side. It's everyday creativity - sparks to help you to do your best thinking right here, right now.

Topic 3 - Personal Brand & Legacy

What's Your Career Legacy? How To Build A Personal Brand and Action Plan That Aligns With Your Life Goals. 

Legacy. Purpose. Your Why. Most people intend to stay in touch with these, and then day to day demands of life get in the way. In this session, you'll give yourself the gift of reflection and perspective. You'll think big about who you are and the value you offer the world. You'll spend time on your big picture purpose, on your personal brand, and how the world sees you today. In addition to the larger vision, you'll also roll up your sleeves and do practical work. You’ll start living into your personal brand in the session. You'll get an action plan and worksheet to help you communicate both "what" you do and "how" you go about your best work.

Topic 4 - Energy & Wellbeing

Get Fully Charged: Improve Your Wellbeing, Sharpen Your Mind, and Improve Your Quality Of Life Through These Three Keys

When you wake up each morning, would you describe yourself as fully charged? If you’re like many people, you want to squash your alarm clock. Only 11% reported having a great deal of energy in a recent survey of 10,000 workers (Source: Gallup). There are 3 things you can pay attention to if you want to feel fully charged at work: 1) Meaning: it ranges from deep purpose through experiencing small wins that made a difference to a colleague or customer. 2) Positive Interactions: it takes 3-5 positive interactions to get back to neutral after a negative interaction, so it’s important to know the way people feel after interacting with you. Rest easy, we won’t ask you to glue a permanent smile on your face or wear a cheerleading costume to work. 3) Managing Energy: we’ll cover the tenants of the eat, move, sleep model to bring physical energy.

Topic 5 - Influence & Persuasion

Influence: Learn Techniques That The World's Best Sales & Marketing Teams Use To Get Buy In & Initiate Change Urgently (Without Being Manipulative)

Have you ever wondered why people keep reverting back to the same old thing, even though the new way is better? Or have you ever made a business case for critical resources - and it just sat on someone’s desk for weeks? Or have you experienced a colleague who is chronically late at getting you what he or she promised? In most of these cases, your “competitor” in the attention (or money or change acceptance or whatever you’re looking for) game is not who you think it is. Attend this session and learn to stop “pushing rope” to get people to adopt your ideas. You’ll see how to use context to create urgency. You’ll practice a new way of messaging for action, and battling the momentum that keeps people stuck in the status quo.

Topic 6 - Collaboration Across Teams

Collaboration: Understand The Traps That Lead To Internal Silos & Boost Collaboration In 4 Collaboration Situations At Work

You’ve felt the pain: silos, rework, projects getting vetoed at the last minute, lack of creativity, and last minute urgencies. In this session, we’ll dig into the traps that create those and other collaboration failures in the workplace. Working in a global, matrixed environment only makes this tougher to pull off (and more important too). We’ll also explore success techniques four distinct collaboration spaces: 1) When you’re trying to innovate or generate new ideas, 2) When you’re attempting to influence direction, 3) When you’re making decisions and coordinating with others during a process, program, or project, and 4) When you need to get others to adopt a change.

Topic 7 - Job Shaping

Shaping Your Current & Future Roles: Decide On The Career You Want To Craft & How To Talk To Your Manager About It

Nearly all of us have heard the phrase “own your career” - yet many of us only revisit the concept during the height of burnout or when it’s time for a new job. This session explores the concept that roles are more malleable than most people think. Consider your current job description. Are you doing exactly what was written on that description the day you got hired? When I ask this question in live events, over 90% of participants say that they are doing different things. In fact, many say the role changed before the first day on the job. This is proof positive that roles can be molded if you aim at something specific. In this session, you’ll get six key strategies for job shaping. You’ll hear examples of techniques that can dramatically change your experience at work…all without quitting. You’ll use worksheets to decide what elements you’re going to shape. And you’ll even walk away with scripting examples so that you can talk to your manager without sounding like you’re disengaged or unappreciative.

 

Training Program Overview

Standard in-person workshops are 1/2 day, and include a 12-week Activation Course (online) to make strengths a culture, not an event.

We're based in Austin, Texas yet we travel to do StrengthsFinder training all over the world. Our principal consultant, Lisa Cummings, has facilitated in 14 countries and can add your cultural nuance to the event.

You also have the option of doing live virtual events to cover as many as 200 participants at a time. This is a great solution for teams in international locations. Whether you have a globally dispersed team, or your training budget simply doesn't cover travel for your teams that are spread over one nation, virtual events are a great option.

Every training course includes a rich, blended learning experience so that a strengths-focus becomes part of your DNA:

  • StrengthsFinder assessment before event
  • Pre-event videos to help people understand the premise of strengths based development so that we can maximize application and learning in the event
  • Strengths App (iTunes and Android)
  • 12-Week Activation Course to keep applying strengths over time - every week, participants receive an email with a new video, worksheet, or application tip to apply their strengths on the job
  • Optional: upgrade to the full 34-Theme Report for a deep look at the intensity of the natural talents on your team

To get a sense for whether Lead Through Strengths is a good fit, check out some testimonials. It will give you a good feel for our style. When teams are ready to go whole hog, they add 1x1 performance coaching and employee engagement consulting.

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