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    Using Strengths to Get the Best from Others

    Date: January 12, 2021, 8:00am – 9:15am
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    Using Strengths to Get the Best from Others

    Speaker: Maggie Harris, Harris Coaching & Consulting, LLC



    Topic Overview

    Right now, only one in three workers in the United States report being engaged at work.  Fifty percent are disengaged and almost 20% are actively engaged.  This is costing businesses more than just aggravation.  It’s costing businesses:

    • $350 billion dollars in lost productivity each year (disengaged – people leaving mentally and emotionally)

    • $3,828+ per employee/year

    • $1 trillion dollars in unwanted turnover (people physically choosing to leave)

    • $38,285+ per separation

    • 24% lower profit margins

    • Companies with engaged employees outperform those without by 202%

    • One in five Americans have left a job in the past five years due to bad company culture.


    As employees come back to work, cultures will have shifted. Priorities re-arranged.  The emotional state of individuals will vary significantly - all having an impact on engagement.

    To address that, organizations need to look at implementing initiatives – let by their HR professionals – that focus on the people.  By truly understanding what each person brings to an organization, and making sure they have the opportunity to do that every day, organizations will see employee engagement grow and, along with it, all the positive outcomes. 

    One way to do that is to identify people’s individual talents and to invest in those talents.  CliftonStrengths is a very powerful tool to help to that.

    CliftonStrengths was developed by a team led by Dr. Donald Clifton in the 1970s.  Dr. Clifton was one of the catalysts of the Positive Psychology movement in the 70s and his decades of research were based on one question, “What would happen if we focused on what is RIGHT with people instead of fixating on their weaknesses.”   

    In the early 2000s, Gallup (for whom Dr. Clifton worked) launched StrengthsFinder a tool to identify individual talent themes of 34 possible themes.  It was renamed CliftonStrengths several years ago and the assessment has been taken by more than 23 million people all over the world. Southwest Airlines is a strengths-based company, Rhode Island is a strengths-based state, and there are almost 1,000 strengths-based colleges and universities all over the world.

    Learn more about discovering what is right about your people at a time when we need to be there for our employees more than ever.


    Program Agenda:

    • Talents vs Strengths

    • Why focusing on strengths makes a strong organization

    • Managing weaknesses

    • How to spot strengths in yourself and others

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