In times of stress and pressure - i.e. limited resources, limited time, competing demands - which is more common than not, we tend to revert to our natural strengths and styles. These things usually become more pronounced. So if I am stickler for detail, that may be what I automatically go to. If I am a driver for results, that's what I am going to lean into. Strengths are wonderful and when overused they can become a blindspot in terms of their overuse.
There are a number of great resources we can tap into to when hleping team and group members understand their strengths and/or styles.
When I work with teams around strengths we may use the VIA Strengths Survey, orincorporate the STrengthsFinder.
In terms of exploring styles, I tend to use the Everything DiSC which provides insights as to people's natural work styles. It maps nicely to the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team for teams that want to capitalize on the Team's stengths and capabilities.
What could be possible for you in terms of a focus around strengths and styles? Starting the conversation with the questions of "What's in your nature?" might be an interesting starting pont.
Have a great Tuesday,
Jennifer Britton, MES, PCC, CPT
Potentials Realized - Leadership and Team Development, Coaching, Retreats
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
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