Managing to Strengths

We work with youth and we work with youth from a “strength-based” perspective.  However, when we work with staff who work with youth, do we use a “strength-based” perspective?

“We studied what makes companies and teams great—and we uncovered a secret: focus on your strengths. The key to increasing team productivity, customer satisfaction and employee retention is to make sure that you and your team members have the chance to play to your strengths every day. Unfortunately, only 2 out of 10 people do so.” – Marcus Buckingham

Common management practices (performance appraisals, etc.) often focus on weaknesses (goals for improvement, etc.) and less on strengths.  Wouldn’t it make more sense and wouldn’t we be more effective if we aligned all elements of our work to a “strength-based” perspective?

Marcus Buckingham has been a leader of “strength-based” leadership in the business world.