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Focusing on your Strengths

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Relator, Harmony, Positivity, Empathy and Achiever

Those are my Signature Strengths or talent themes found through the CliftonStrengths Discovery program.

CliftonStrengths has confirmed for me that I am motivated by relationships and love working with people. I enjoy close friendships, believe in working hard to generate consensus and thus avoid unnecessary conflict, see the bright side of life, am able to sense how others are feeling and like to work hard and strive for milestones or accomplishments. I have also learned that each of these Strengths if applied inappropriately can present themselves as weaknesses that need to be managed. I have found my journey thus far with Strengths to be validating, rewarding and challenging. I have learned that I have a lifetime of learning ahead of me regarding how my Strengths can be leveraged to help me become a more effective Father, Friend, Colleague and Leader.

I first became interested in the CliftonStrengths nearly two years ago when I attended a Gallup sponsored session in St. Albert. What struck me about this program was where it suggests we focus our attention. Spending your time and energy on weaknesses or areas that need improvement may prevent failure, but it will rarely lead to excellence. However, you can maximum productivity and excellence by focusing on your strengths and managing your weaknesses. My hope is it will help us identify and inspire potential in both our employees and students.

And Strengths make a difference: people are three-times more likely to report having an excellent quality of life and six-times more likely to be engaged in their jobs if they’re focused on their Strengths. Also by investing in your natural talents, we’re hoping to help staff realize their full potential both at work and in their personal lives.

After seeing results from rolling this program out to school and division administration last year, we decided to give all staff the opportunity to learn about and lean into their Strengths this year. Last fall, we held our third round of sessions to help staff better understand what their top five Strengths or talents are and action items on how they will use those talents more intentionally. Participants learned how to take ownership of their personal talents and Strengths and to appreciate their individuality and the valuable contributions they offer. The hope was that this knowledge will then help them focus on specific goals to achieve greater personal and professional success.

Participants completed the CliftonStrengths assessment to identify their most dominant talent themes. They then gained Insights into their natural talents by working with their CliftonStrengths Signature Themes Report and their Strengths Insight Report.

In three sessions, we had a total of 75 staff participate last fall and we are very excited that a total of 60 staff have already signed up to participate this winter and spring!

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