Managing to Strengths

Good Managers Play to Strengths - Instead of Trying to Shore up Weaknesses


Playing to Strengths Turbo Charges Performance

Bad managers play checkers. Good managers play chess,” according to Marcus Buckingham, renowned author of “Now Discover Your Strengths.”  The effective manager knows that not all employees work the same way. If an organization is to achieve success, managers and leaders must hire – and then position – their employees based on their individual strengths (talents/skills) . Good managers play to their employees strengths – instead of trying to shore up weaknesses. The guiding principle for management is, ‘How can I take this person’s talent and turn it into performance?

Shoring up Weakness Wastes Time and Resources

It seems the business world — and the world at large — is obsessed with weaknesses and finding ways to fix them. A recent Gallup poll asked workers whether they felt they could achieve more success through improving on their weaknesses or building on their strengths? Fifty-nine percent picked improving weaknesses.

Both the Gallup organization and the extensive work by Buckingham and his team have found – without exception – that trying to shore up weaknesses is a waste of both time and precious resources.

Strengths Finder Assessment

So how can managers tap into the talent they have in their organizations? The way to start is to determine what employees are good at. The tasks they learn quickly, the talents they naturally exhibit and the jobs they feel good about doing are hints about their inherent strengths. Once those strengths are uncovered, an effective manager will put them to use. You can only win as a company when you put your people into positions where they can play to their strengths.

This particular Forum session is unique in that it has a prerequisite. Specifically, every attendee of the session is required to take the (online) Strengths Finder Assessment – in order to identify their respective “signature themes,” which will provide the foundation for the rest of the session – and the springboard for being able to play to one’s unique talent, skills and abilities.

Tangible Outcomes

  • How to Identify individual “Signature Themes.”
  • Understanding Signature Themes in Terms of Behavior
  • Understanding how to Manage to an Individuals Unique Strengths (themes)
  • Learn the 4 Essentials for Strength-Based Leadership
  • Understand How to Create a Strengths-Based Culture
  • And More