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It sounds like a saying on a motivational poster, but research shows that building on your natural talents is a far more effective way to get where you want to be in life. It’s also a more efficient way to build your team, your department, and your organization. Investing in talents happens when we add the knowledge, skills, and experience that allow individuals to practice and perfect the things they’re already good at or show early signs of aptitude for. 
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The workplace is changing at a rapid rate and with those changes come new issues to be addressed by leadership within an organization. The role of manager means something different from decades past. Instead of distributing and evaluating tasks and performance, managers are now expected to walk alongside their employees, guiding and leading them along the way. This shift can mean vast improvements for your organization, but what does really that look like?
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The internet is ripe with surveys of all types. We can identify which character we are most like from Game of Thrones and what type of cheese best represents us with ease. Finding surveys to assess employee attitudes, happiness, engagement, and/or desired benefits is an amazingly cluttered space.
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One of the most crucial aspects of strengths and talents involves the continuous building of those strengths and deliberate planning for an organization to utilize those talents for growth. Justin Perez of BK Lighting has so carefully honed his processes in employee engagement and planning, it could be said he is on the cutting edge of strategic planning and development.
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Activate frequently receives questions regarding whether or not Strengths-Based development efforts would be appropriate (and impactful!) for a specific industry, business model, or organization. The short answer is: YES! Activate has seen Strengths-based development efforts applied to all facets and stages of life – at work, at home, at church, and in organizations of all shapes and sizes. The language of Strengths can be implemented to make your team and organization stronger, regardless of t...
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Activate Human Capital Group continues to be passionate about the fact every person has strengths or talents that should be put to use in all aspects of life. There are numerous ways to develop these strengths, especially when working on teams. One way to classify strengths and to build both employees and teams, is to understand the four domains that act as an umbrella for the 34 strengths. According to Gallup, “These domains describe how people and teams use their talents to work with informat...
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If Strengths Finder can be applied to adults in every industry and field of work, is it possible to apply the principles and benefits of Strengths to students in College? In High school? In younger grades? Yes. Yes. And a resounding Yes. In fact, using Strengths Finder in students not only helps kids discover more about who they are, but also answers several questions educators have about preparing the students of today for tomorrow. In fact, Activate recommends integrating StrengthsFinder beyon...
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Every person has Strengths or talents that should be put to use in all aspects of life. There are numerous ways to develop these Strengths, especially when working on teams. One way to classify Strengths and to build both employees and teams, is to understand the four domains that act as an umbrella for the 34 Strengths. According to Gallup, “These domains describe how people and teams use their talents to work with information, make things happen, influence others, and build relationships.” A...
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The benefits of managerial practices are touted throughout business and industry. In fact, the development of management and leadership has become a billion dollar movement in and of itself. But one area that is under-served, in so many ways, the education system, is ripe to receive these benefits as well. One educator in California, Jody Johnston, is ready to use proven practices to the advantage of her staff and students.
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Every organization is looking for ways to improve and to rise above the competition. A vast amount of research has shown that, across industries and job types, employees have many workplace needs in common. But something is being lost between the knowing and the doing. Between the mountains of compelling data and the integration of these proven practices into our organizations.
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