Strength-based Organizations

Posted: August 2, 2011 in career

As are so many truths, the concept of “strength-based organizations” seems to be obvious. Why would any company or business ask their people to do something they aren’t good at? To cite a quote (inaccurately, I am sure) from a Marcus Buckingham article I read years ago, “Companies should stop trying to make people things they aren’t and use them for what they are.”

So true, yet most organizations are struggling to stay afloat, much less seeking to devote the time and energy they would like to in developing the talent of their workforce. Understandable to some degree, although counterproductive if they really want to get their “money’s worth” out of their staff.

Here’s the shorthand solution to this quandary:

  • If you are the employee, you discover what you are best at, what inspires and enthuses you, what causes you to lose track of time and space, etc., and then seek a way to do it for your company!
  • If it’s your company, start talking to your employees, find out where their true passions and abilities lie, and help them use these skills to grow your organization!

This can create a Win-Win scenario for all involved. The employer gets the very best Return On Investment from the employees and they can stop calling Wednesday “Hump Day!”

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