According to those in the strengths-based movement, a talent is considered to be a naturally recurring pattern of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied. Every person has talents. Our most dominant talents provide our greatest opportunity for achieving to levels of excellence.
We have a life-time to develop our talents – these diamonds in the rough – into diamonds cut and polished to brilliance, known as strengths; specific activities you do well and which invigorate you.
Does this make a difference in your work?
Will it bring RESULTS?
Gallup.com states: “In the workplace, when an organization’s leadership fails to focus on individuals’ strengths, the odds of an employee being engaged are a dismal 1 in 11 (9%). But when an organization’s leadership focuses on the strengths of its employees, the odds soar to almost 3 in 4 (73%).”
Then, the most engaged workplaces are:
- 50% more likely to have lower turnover;
- 56% more likely to have higher-than-average customer loyalty;
- 38% more likely to have above-average productivity, and;
- 27% more likely to report higher profitability.
What are the nature of strengths?
(Thanks to Sparkfactory)
1. The concept of strengths begins with talents.
2. Each person has a group of talents.
3. Talents form the basis for strengths.
4. Talents are like “diamonds in the rough,” whereas strengths are like diamonds that show brilliance after they have been carefully cut and polished.
5. Each person has a unique set and combination of talents that are developed and used to different degrees. This combination of talents makes each person like no other.
6. Each person is uniquely and profoundly talented!
7. A talent is an innate capacity for excellence.
8. Talents are the gateways to performance at levels of excellence.
9. A person’s potential for success is based in his/her talents.
10. While each person defines success for him/herself, achievement results from fully developing and applying strengths.
11. There are many themes of talent. The Gallup Organization identified more than 400. It is important to know and engage with your top five dominant talent themes.
12. Many tasks require talents from several themes, all-working together to produce excellence.
If you are interested in learning more about your specific talent themes and how to develop them into strengths, I would enjoy partnering with you.
Contact me today and we can get the process started!