Are you more successful focusing on maximizing your strengths or overcoming your weaknesses? Gallup says you are more engaged, productive and even happier focusing on your strengths. Happier?!?! Wow. I often have new clients take the StrengthsFinder Assessment to provide us both with insight into what makes them tick, what they are good at and and what they should perpetuate in their career.
Until recently in order to take the Gallup assessment to identify your top 5 strengths you had to purchase a best selling book by Gallup, jump through a few hoops, and practically donate your right arm and the deed to your house. Gallup changed that and made the assessment widely available for $9.99. That is a steal for the amount of insight you get! I gain nothing out of sharing this information with you except the pure joy of knowing that my clients and Inner Circle members get the opportunity grow professionally.
Are you using your strengths? It’s not likely!
Did you know that only 17% of us have our strengths at play in the workplace? That’s right, 83% of us are not utilizing our most important assets at work. That is absurd! Marcus Buckingham the author of Go Put Your Strengths to Work says that we should focus 75% of our professional development on our strengths. That’s right, so if you have 4 goals 3 of them should be utilizing your best assets.
Go ahead, take the StrengthsFinder Assessment and focus on your strengths for 2015! And, let me know in the comments below what you think of the assessment. It’s great for teams too.
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Amy McGeachy, HR ConsultantAmy McGeachy is an HR Consultant & Professional Development Coach in Portland Metro Area. Amy is a certified HR Professional (PHR) through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and a Certified Coach through the Coach Training Alliance (CTA) and a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Amy works with businesses in the areas of training, recruitment, employee relations and strategic HR.