Values and Strengths
Our Churchill coaches often do an exercise with corporate teams (in our various Team Effectiveness workshops), where we help team members identify and put powerful language to his/her values. Then we look at our Strengths results through the lens of values and you usually (as you might expect) see alignment. Who instilled the values in you? Our external influences are incredibly powerful when we are young: Family, friends, school, community, social media and work organizations, all play some role in shaping us. Influence if everywhere. As parents of a Montessori school raised son, my husband and I learned the incredible influence of the environment (including our parenting blunders!) between the ages of zero and eighteen.
What if a country, company, and/or your parents talk about and praise people who are “well rounded,”– that can affect you and you might strive to comply. But humans are just too complex and we can’t all be talented in all ways. You can’t push all 34 of your StrengthsFinder talents into your top 5! Teams need to be diverse and well rounded, but individuals do not. Individuals and leaders need to “spike” and know how to bring the best of them to each situation for best performance.
If you expected a different result to what you got, then that is a different question. Please remember that one Strength is not better than another. You are unique, and your most significant opportunity is to maximize the best of you.
Sometimes we are too close to our natural talents to appreciate them. That is part of the value of a Strengths program; greater self-awareness and application of our authentic potential. Our Churchill team can certainly discuss this more to help you “claim and aim” your excellence during Strengths coaching or a team strengths workshop.
We hope that this article provides you value. If you need more assistance for you and your team please do not hesitate to contact us at 888-486-8884 or via email at Solutions@Churchill-LG.com.