Over the past year, I have received lots of comments and interest in the idea of strengths in development. As I have said elsewhere, I think this is a move in the right direction, just as I think the positive psychology movement helps up to reframe our own change and development in a much better way than how we have viewed things in the past. That said, I do find that there is often a tendency not to address the challenges when one overuses one's strengths. That is why for leadership development I am so impressed with Tilt 360 Leaders because the focus is on 12 core character strengths AND the opposite impact of the corresponding strength.
Readers often mention "Strengthfinders" and I do think it is a great tool. This post was recently published on the Coach U Students/Graduates discussion group of LinkedIn. While it is an advertisement I thought my readers might be interested to learn more. So I contacted Marilyn as asked her if I could post it here.
By Marilyn Carpenter, Owner at V. James Coaching Consortium
If you’ve taken the Strengthsfinder 2.0 assessment, it’s likely you had
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true if your talent themes are not rooted in the obvious and you can
hardly believe that themes like learner and harmony are actually
More, if you are like so many of us, you took the thrill of that aha
moment, logged it as a neat memory and put your SF 2.0 report in a
drawer someplace and haven’t looked at it since. Possibly you don’t
even know where it is and you think you can remember some of your
talent themes, but not all of them.
Strengthsfinder 2.0 is one of the very best tools for talent discovery
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