The Strengths Blog

“I used to think ‘if you didn’t do it my way you were wrong’. Now I realise that different isn’t wrong, it’s just different. If it achieves the agreed aim, without anyone getting hurt along the way, it’s fine by me.” Client, September 2015 How open to new approaches are you? Do you relish an

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It’d had been a busy week and client after client had mentioned “overwhelm”, “stress” and not knowing “Which way to turn”. I can empathise with those feelings and you probably can too. We can all step up to the mark when we’re really busy but it can be tough to sustain a high level of

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I’d been very lucky. After all, over the last (successful) 15 years I’d rarely done any selling or marketing activities, in fact, I paid someone else to cold call and that seemed to work. “Oh good”, I thought, “I hate selling!” And then it stopped working. As a result of the downturn, two of my longest standing client organisations

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Delegation: where to start? Some people find it easy, others claim to find it impossible. As ever, it’s your mindset that will determine whether or not you consistently delegate effectively. There are some great check-lists and formats out there but still people find it tricky to do. Here are some touchstones that – if you

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Do you have a smile on your face when you’re heading home from work? Do you feel energetic when you think about going to work? If the answer is yes, then you are most likely in the right job. Knowing your job is the right job for you is a wonderful feeling and you can

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How happy are you with your own productivity and that of your colleagues and direct reports? The current view is that – in the UK at least – there is reason to be concerned. Productivity improvement stalled some time ago and has yet to reach pre-recession levels. It’s a potential challenge on an organisational, team

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You know how it goes: you’re in a conversation and you’re in the zone, using one of your strengths. You’re feeling great so you use some more of that strength. But something’s off. Things aren’t going quite as you expected. So you apply a little more of that strength because it works so well for

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“Most people think they know what they’re good at. They are usually wrong. More often, people know what they’re not good at — and even then more people are wrong than right.” — Peter F. Drucker It’s true, isn’t it? Most people don’t know what their strengths are but, with a little encouragement, they can

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I was at a 2 day conference waiting to present on the topic of Positive Leadership to the 300+ competent and highly regarded leaders, chatting to some of them during the breaks. I began to notice the patterns in what they were saying, Wow…powerful, moving stuff…. Let’s be clear these leaders were leading huge teams,

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Congratulations! You’ve been on one of our strengths workshops (we’ve done a few recently!!) and: You know what energises you You’ve identified circumstances when you’re at your best You’ve discovered your top 3 strengths. You’re working to stretch one of them. You’re turning down that strength that tends to veer into overdrive. And you’re remembering

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