What do you think it takes to build a 10X business or side hustle?

Like Daniel 1:20 states “In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them 10 times better…”

Daniel teaches us that true wisdom and understanding ultimately come from God, even about business building. My additional insights after reading countless business books, being a business mastermind member for 10+ years, and leading a business over 25 years reveal these top 10 essential areas to build a better 6 & 7-figure business.

Download your 10X Business Growth Plan & Journal to keep you focused on your most important business building goals and projects!

Below I have given you an example of how you can create your 10X Business Growth Plan & Journal. Read through the 10 areas of business and the monthly journal examples as you begin to create your growth plan.  You can click on the examples to zoom in.

Rate these 10 areas of business on a scale of 1-10 for current reality and your realistic stretch goal for the year. Write a SET goal (Specific – Emotional – Time Bound) for each area. You can do this per year or per quarter depending on your motivation.

  1. Mindset (Happiness – Strengths – Well – Being – Success)
  2. Business Strategy (Strengths – Knowledge – Skills – Systems – Written Plan)
  3. Cash (Finances – Pricing – Profitability – Debt Management – Money Mindset)
  4. Product (Offerings – Service Delivery – Quality – Innovation)
  5. Marketing (Brand – Online – Offline Client attraction strategy)
  6. Sales (Funnel – Process – Rainmaking – Tracking)
  7. People (Human Capital – Management – Team Engagement)
  8. Clients (Customer Engagement – Values – Quality – Retention – Follow Up)
  9. Culture (Legacy – Charity – Values – Purpose)
  10. Lifestyle (Leisure – Freedom – Exit Strategy)

Also notice there is a monthly journal on the right hand side for you to write down and celebrate your top 3 wins-successes toward any of your goals throughout the year.

Want to learn more about creating a 10X business growth plan?  Here are some other opportunities.

Listen to Brent teach on how to 10X your business or side hustle previously recorded on Facebook Wednesday Wisdom HERE. 

You can also join the Business Builder Masterclass & Mastermind HERE.

If you want a personal consultation then make sure to schedule your Ask Brent Anything call.

Let me know in the comments below how you plan to use your 10X business growth plan. I look forward to working with you to 10X your business and side hustle through 2021.

How would it help if you could AIM your strengths with a written strategy on ONE PAGE?

That’s the intention of the One Page Strengths Strategy tool that I designed with my Focus – Futuristic strengths and have been using for several years.

I wanted to help my tribe to zoom in and zoom out with your top 10 strengths for life and work for a STRONG 2021 new year.

Download the One Page Strategy document and join me as you fill in the blanks.

Take time to visualize how you will aim your strengths and the successes that you will accomplish in the new year.  My experience is that if you will complete this tool yearly and review it daily, weekly, monthly that you will begin to maximize, mobilize, and monetize your strengths intentionally. You will grow stronger – work smarter & live richer.

Below I have given you a sample of my One Page Strategy Document.  The document is broken in to sections with the instructions on how to use the section just before it.  You can click on the graphic to zoom in.

On the left hand side of the tool you will see 3 major boxes for you to input your top 5 strengths and AIM your strengths into my strengths system. Box 1 Maximize Strengths is a place for you to authenticate intentional steps to grow from raw to refined with each strength. Box 2 Mobilize Strengths is a place for you to apply your strengths into your work/career. Box 3 Monetize Strengths is how you will aspire to live richer in your lifestyle.

The final box on the left side is a place for you to write your two top weaknesses and who your complimentary partners will be with their strengths to collaborate with.

The boxes on the bottom are a place for you to highlight your 6-10 strengths and how you will aim them in your life and work.

To build your vision of success and keep your imposter syndrome at bay is the box at the middle top. Here you will write a short personal & work success story using your strengths.

In the middle box you will choose what are your top 5 work activities and priorities. This will keep your work priorities front and center.

At the bottom middle is a place for you to write your Best of Me, Worst of Me and what you Most Need. As your write keep in mind how your top 5-10 strengths influence your life and work.

On the top right box you will write how your strengths fulfill the demands of the four domains of leadership and how you can intentionally aim your strengths.

At the middle right is a place for you to write your 1-2 sentence strengths purpose statement to always ground you with your Big Why.

Finally at the bottom right is a place for you to write what you will start and what you will stop to create the life and work you want.

 

Now you have seen the entire One Page Strengths Strategy Document, with examples of how I filled it out.  Your mind is probably popping with ideas for your document.

How are you going to use this One Page Strategy document to keep you moving in 2021?  How do you visualize using it for your team or clients?

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.  If you have ideas you want to talk with me about or if you need some clarification on the document sign up for your Ask Brent Anything call.  I am glad we are starting this year off together and can’t wait to see and hear about your growth in 2021.

How ready are you to end 2020 and move forward into 2021?

Are you ready to hit the gas pedal? Does that feel overwhelming for you? In whatever space you are in, using your strengths can guide you into a new year that, as crazy as 2020 had been, will have an equal amount of hope and optimism for 2021.

Before moving forward into 2021 can you celebrate your gratitude’s, wins, and successes for 2020?

Which projects did you complete? What skills did you learn? What relationships were strengthened? How did you optimize your finances? What results were you most proud of in work and life? Go ahead write down your year end review and share with someone else.

For me my Relator® strength kept me most resilient this year. 1st with God, 2nd with my wife, 3rd my kids & grandkids, 4th with my clients, mastermind & CEO peer group, and finally with my inner circle friends and tennis buddies. These relationships were nourished & multiplied my strength. I’m so grateful for YOU – my tribe!

Moving forward practicing talent-mindfulness needs to be in front of our plans for 2021. With all that we have been through this past year, focusing on what is right with people and having those conversations is super important. Building those connections in yourself and others, so we remember our worth and don’t feel alone, is now more important than ever. Your ability to give this gift of skill to others is where your strengths lie. You are not alone in this time of growth and change. I am honored to walk forward with you through this.

The workplace changed forever in 2020. We have had to learn how to lead from a whole new space. With virtual one on ones and conference calls, you now have to gauge your team’s performance from a distance. Knowing your team’s strengths and how they work is more valuable now than ever to help you lead from a distant place.

Your team’s engagement and strengths are essential to their success as we move into the new year. How can you become more engaged with your strengths in 2021 and help others to do the same? Over the first few weeks of 2021, join me here as I walk you through some of the many free worksheets & tools I have available for you on my website and how you can use them.

The time is now, and the energy’s here, the enthusiasm and hunger for re-imagining strengths.

Now more than ever, it is the time to have conversations that focus on what’s right with people. And giving them the skill to find that focus.

Strengths have transformed people’s lives. One of my colleagues loves to tell the story about how surprised she was when Strategic was one of her Top 5. She said she had never thought of herself as strategic, but she talked to her friends about it. They were surprised she didn’t see herself that way because that was how they saw her. For her, it was as if seeing this in her Top 5 gave her permission to be strategic. She began to call on this strength in her business and personal life. It made a huge difference in both. She felt more confident as she moved forward in projects and meetings.

Finding her Strategic Strength helped her transform the way she worked and interacted with others. Which of your strengths will you use to move forward in 2021? How will you help others to find transformation? Tell me about it in the comments below. As we walk through the free worksheets tools over the next few weeks, you can begin to make your action plan. If you have a specific question you would like to talk with me about, schedule your free Ask Brent Anything  call.

WOW – What a crazy year this one has been. Who would have thought at this time last year what lay in store for each of us in 2020? 

A medical pandemic that left all of us in places we never thought we would go in our lifetime. A year, with a contentious election, that left families and friendships broken and divided. Our country is in a place that I don’t think any of us could have ever imagined.

I don’t think I have ever seen a year that being rooted in your Strengths was more important. 

Over the past year, in our blog series, we have looked at our Strengths in different ways to deepen our roots. 

We have been told that we need to be resilient and adjust to our new normal. With our Strengths, knowing what we naturally do best, we can remain resilient and flow with change. By having developed our raw talents into refined strengths, we can lead others into the same space.

In May of 2019, we started a blog series to look at each Strength in the light of how to monetize it to live richer. With the changes that so many people have come through this year with job uncertainty and job loss, we hope that this series has been a road map to help with those changes. If you are in that space or know someone who is, please take some time to look back over your (or their) Strengths to find ideas for using them to move into the new season in a powerful and productive way.

We also took time in 2020 to look at each of our Strengths and find out how they look when they are raw and refined. In my blog, How to Build a World-Class Strength (September 1, 2020), we discussed that a strength is the ability to provide consistent near-perfect performance in a specific activity that becomes world-class.

One question I get is, what does that mean? How do I maximize my strengths? To answer those questions, we took the next four (4) weeks after that blog, and we looked at each theme one at a time and saw the difference between the strengths when they are raw and when they are refined. (Executing StrengthsStrategic StrengthsInfluencing StrengthsRelationship Building Strengths) It is by taking your Strengths from words on a page and making them into a living, breathing part of your everyday life that you will truly learn the power and joy that can come into your life as you grow stronger, work smarter, and live richer.

Again, what a year 2020 has been. It has been an honor and a pleasure to walk with you through it, and I am looking forward to our journey together in 2021. There is some challenging but gratifying work ahead. Please schedule your free Ask Brent Anything call to talk about any of the things mentioned here or whatever your need might be. Check out my website at www.brentobannon.com for more ideas and classes that will help you on that path.

We are wrapping up our series with the CliftonStrengths Domain – Relationship Building.

You can review the entire blog series at…

Taking Your Executing Strengths from Raw to Refined (October 14, 2020), Taking Your Strategic Strengths from Raw to Refined (October 28, 2020), and last week Taking Your Influencing Strengths from Raw to Refined (November 11, 2020).

It’s crucial in your and your team’s growth in your strengths to know what you are shooting for with your strengths.

Don’t forget to download your Maximize Strengths Worksheet.

This week we will look at the Relationship Building Domain.  These talents help us care better. They are the glue and emotional intelligence for an organization.

According to Gallup, these nine themes “have an innate ability to take the human component into the equation”. People with the Relationship Building domain’s strengths look at how individuals fit into the bigger pictures and can create pathways for them to thrive. A team’s power comes from each person being empowered to use their distinctive talents and appreciate others’.

High-performing teams rely on people with strong Relationship Building themes to bring individuals together and make the team greater than the sum of its parts.

What do we mean when we say Raw to Refined? Raw talent is uninformed, inexperienced, more self-oriented, and unproductive. Refined talent is well informed, more practiced, more others-oriented, and highly productive.

What does it mean when a strength is Raw? What does it mean when a strength is Refined? Let’s take a look at what raw and refined looks like for each strength in the Relationship Building Domain, so you will know what you are aiming for.

People with the strength of Adaptability® live in the present, freely and willingly able to respond to the demands and changes of the moment.

Adaptability Raw: My attention span may be short.

Adaptability Refined: My intense, real-time awareness helps me to respond with immediacy.

People with the strength of Connectedness® believe that there is meaning in everything.

Connectedness Raw:  Awareness of spiritual forces and voices.

Connectedness Refined: Submits to spiritual forces and follows spiritual voices.

People with the strength of Developer® see nothing but potential in others.

Developer Raw: All potential is equally important.

Developer Refined: Wisely chooses in whom to invest to maximize resources.

Someone with the strength of Empathy® senses the emotions of people around them.

Empathy Raw: Tears express my own sorrow, anger, and joy.

Empathy Refined: I weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice.

 People with the strength of Harmony® look for areas of agreement and are particularly aware of conflict and dissonance.

Harmony Raw: I need peace.

Harmony Refined: I bring peace.

People with the strength of Includer® are very accepting people; they want to include people and make them feel a part of the group.

Includer Raw:  I dislike segregation.

Includer Refined:  I promote and facilitate integration.

People with the strength of Individualization® see each person as one of a kind.

Individualization Raw: Intrigued by a tree, but oblivious to the forest.

Individualization Refined: Helps a tree to stand out within a forest.

People with the strength of Positivity® are always looking for, discovering, and bringing the positive.

Positivity Raw: Unhappy people make me unhappy, so I avoid them.

Positivity Refined: Make unhappy people happy.

People with the strength of Relator® have a profound relational capacity to develop a relationship with anyone.

Relator Raw:  Most comfortable with one’s friends.

Relator Refined:  Most able to comfort one’s friends.

What is your action plan to get from raw to refined?  What’s great about having everything listed down on one location is that it makes it easier to track progress and effectively plan things out. Planning helps you prepare for the obstacles ahead and keep you on track. And with an effective action plan, you can boost your productivity and keep yourself focused.

Now that you know what each strength looks like in its raw and refined form, you have a clear direction of where you need to go.

  • Have your goals written down and planned out in steps.
  • Highlight exactly what steps you need to be taken.
  • Track your progress.

Start by asking yourself the following questions about your Relationship Building Theme strengths.

  1. Which of your top 5 talents are too raw in the workplace, and why?
  2. In what ways does the raw talent get you into trouble? In what context does it hinder success?
  3. What knowledge, skills, and practice could make these talents more refined?

This is challenging but very rewarding work.  Are you ready to have a conversation with me about creating your action plan or how to help your team members develop their action plan?  Then schedule you free Ask Brent Anything call. Check out my website at www.brentobannon.com for more ideas and classes that will help you on that path. Click here if you need to purchase a CliftonStrengths assessment code for you or anyone else. I am looking forward to working with you as you grow your and your team’s strengths from raw to refined.

 

Taking Your Strategic Strengths from Raw to Refined (October 28, 2020), was the second CliftonStrengths Domain we studied going from raw to refined.  Our reason is it is crucial in your and your team’s growth to know what you are shooting for with your strengths.

Click to download your Maximize Strengths Worksheet.

This week we will look at the Influencing Domain.  According to Gallup, the eight themes in the Influencing Domain  “help their team reach a much broader audience.” People with strengths in the Influencing Domain can sometimes be characterized as people who step up, speak up, and motivate others faster.

What do we mean when we say Raw to Refined?

Raw talent is uninformed, inexperienced, more self-oriented, and unproductive. Refined talent is well informed, more practiced, more others-oriented, and highly productive.

Let’s take a look at what raw and refined looks like for each strength in the Influencing Domain, so you will know what you are aiming for.

People with the strength of Activator® can make things happen..

Activator Raw: Pushes impulsively, impatiently & indiscriminately.

Activator Refined: Pushes intentionally, urgently & relevantly.

People with the strength of Command® lead you to take charge.

Command Raw: Resists external authority or control.

Command Refined: Exerts authority and control in situations where they are lacking.

People with the strength of Communication® are gifted at expressing thoughts into words.

Communication Raw:  I get into trouble for not being quiet.

Communication Refined: My words build understanding, relationships & inspiration.

People with the strength of Competition® enjoy having their performance measured.

Competition Raw: I despise losing and the people who defeat me.

Competition Refined: Respect and learn from those who defeat me.

 Someone with the strength of Maximizer® is committed to individual and group excellence.

Maximizer Raw: Impatient with weakness & critical of those who are weak.

Maximizer Refined: Grateful stewardship of that which is strong.

 People with the strength of Self-Assurance® feel confident in their ability to take risks and manage their own lives.

Self-Assurance Raw: May be wrong, but I doubt it.

Self-Assurance Refined: Confidently open to being made more certain.

 People with the strength of Significance® have a strong desire to make a big difference.

Significance Raw:  Feel good when I am seen & heard.

Significance Refined:  Do good by gaining attention for the cause.

 People with the strength of WOO® have a likeable capacity to connect with new people.

WOO Raw: Social courage without reason or cause.

WOO Refined: Social intention that builds a supportive social infrastructure.

What is your action plan to get from raw to refined?  Remember to download your Maximize Strengths Worksheet.

What’s great about having everything listed down on one location is that it makes it easier to track progress and effectively plan things out. Planning helps you prepare for the obstacles ahead and keep you on track. And with an effective action plan, you can boost your productivity and keep yourself focused.

Now that you know what each strength looks like in its raw and refined form, you have a clear direction of where you need to go.

  • Have your goals written down and planned out in steps.
  • Highlight exactly what steps you need to be taken.
  • Track your progress.

Start by asking yourself the following questions about your Influencing Theme strengths.

  1. Which of your top 5 talents are too raw in the workplace, and why?
  2. In what ways does the raw talent get you into trouble? In what context does it hinder success?
  3. What knowledge, skills, and practice could make these talents more refined?

This is challenging but very rewarding work.

Are you ready to have a conversation with me about creating your action plan or how to help your team members develop their action plan?  Then schedule you free Ask Brent Anything call.

Check out my website at www.brentobannon.com for more ideas and classes that will help you on that path. Click here if you need to purchase a CliftonStrengths assessment code for you or anyone else. I am looking forward to working with you as you grow from raw to refined.

 

In my last blog, Taking Your Executing Strengths from Raw to Refined (October 14, 2020), we decided that we would take some time to go through each of the CliftonStrengths Leadership Domains to see the difference between the strengths in that domain when they are raw and when they are refined.  Our reason is it is crucial in your and your team’s growth in your strengths to know what you are shooting for in your strengths.

Don’t forget to download your Maximize Strengths Worksheet.

This week we will look at the Strategic Domain.  The themes in the Strategic Domain answer the question, “How do you absorb, think about, and analyze information and situations?” They help you work smarter.

When teams need to focus on what could be, they turn to people with Strategic Thinking themes to stretch the team’s thinking for the future.

What do we mean when we say Raw to Refined? Raw talent is uninformed, inexperienced, more self-oriented, and unproductive. Refined talent is well informed, more practiced, more others-oriented, and highly productive.

What does it mean when a strength is Raw? What does it mean when a strength is Refined? Let’s take a look at what raw and refined looks like for each strength in the Strategic Domain, so you will know what you are aiming for.

People with the strength of Analytical® search for reasons and causes.

Analytical Raw: Constantly questions & is seldom satisfied with answers.

Analytical Refined: Makes meaningful sense of complex realities.

People with the strength of Context® enjoy thinking about the past.

Context Raw:  Love of yesterday keeps me from moving forward.

Context Refined: Insures that the best of the past will be preserved.

People with the strength of Futuristic® are inspired by the future and what could be.

Futuristic Raw: Escape the prison of today by living a dream world.

Futuristic Refined: Creates imagination to cast a vision of a better tomorrow.

Someone with the strength of Ideation® is fascinated by ideas.

Ideation Raw: I am fascinated by a world of fantasy.

Ideation Refined: I use my ability to imagine and innovate to make a reality better.

People with the strength of Input® need to collect and archive.

Input Raw: I collect stuff.

Input Refined: I collect stuff that has utility & share it for others’ benefit.

Someone with the strength of Intellection® is characterized by their intellectual activity.

Intellection Raw:  My need for introspection keeps me from interaction.

Intellection Refined:  My deep self-reflection is a prelude to deep conversation.

People with the strength of Learner® have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve.

Learner Raw:  Curiosity that dissolves into fickle boredom.

Learner Refined:  Fully explores the new to fully explain to someone.

People with the strength of Strategic® create alternative ways to proceed.

Strategic Raw: Pursuit of the best path delays the start of the journey.

Strategic Refined: Broad consideration, rapid elimination, real initiation.

What is your action plan to get from raw to refined?  What’s great about having everything listed down on one location is that it makes it easier to track progress and effectively plan things out. Planning helps you prepare for the obstacles ahead and keep you on track. And with an effective action plan, you can boost your productivity and keep yourself focused.

Now that you know what each strength looks like in its raw and refined form, you have a clear direction of where you need to go.

  • Have your goals written down and planned out in steps.
  • Highlight exactly what steps you need to be taken.
  • Track your progress.

Start by asking yourself the following questions about your Strategic Theme strengths.

  1. Which of your top 5 talents are too raw in the workplace, and why?
  2. In what ways does the raw talent get you into trouble? In what context does it hinder success?
  3. What knowledge, skills, and practice could make these talents more refined?

This is challenging but very rewarding work.  Are you ready to have a conversation with me about creating your action plan or how to help your team members develop their action plan?  Then schedule you free Ask Brent Anything call.

Check out my website at www.brentobannon.com for more ideas and classes that will help you on that path. Click here if you need to purchase a CliftonStrengths assessment code for you or anyone else. I am looking forward to working with you as you grow your and your team’s strengths from raw to refined.

 

In my previous blog, How to Build a World-Class Strength (September 1, 2020), we discussed that a strength is the ability to provide consistent near-perfect performance in a specific activity which becomes world-class.

One question I get is, what does that mean?  How do I maximize my strengths? BTW download Maximize Strengths Worksheet.

Over the next few weeks, we will look at one theme at a time and see the difference between the strengths when they are raw and when they are refined.  It is crucial for you to know what you are shooting for in your strengths and your team’s strengths.

This week we will look at the Executing Domain.  The themes in the Executing Domain of Strength tend to get things done, with speed, precision, and accuracy.  They put in the hard work now so that they are ready when it’s time to move. Putting ideas into action is the strength of this domain.

What do we mean when we say Raw to Refined? Raw talent is uninformed, inexperienced, more self-oriented, and unproductive. Refined talent is well informed, more practiced, more others-oriented, and highly productive.

Let’s take a look at what raw and refined looks like for each strength in the Executing Domain, so you will know what you are aiming for.

People with the strength of Achiever® are known as EXTREMELY hard workers.

Achiever Raw:  Busy doing anything.

Achiever Refined: Produce needed results.

Someone with the strength of Arranger® makes decisions from a bird’s eye view.

Arranger Raw: Shake things up because I am bored.

Arranger Refined: Manage the dynamic multiplicity of people, process & productivity.

The strength of Belief® looks like someone who has strong, unchanging, deeply held values that guide their life.

Belief Raw: Moves away from or against those with differing values.

Belief Refined: Moves towards and engages those with differing values.

People with the strength of Consistency® want to ensure people are treated the same.

Consistency Raw: Follows the letter of the law & predictability for security.

Consistency Refined:  Follows the spirit of the law, & fairness for efficiency.

Someone with the strength of Deliberative® wants to avoid risk when making decisions.

Deliberative Raw: Cautious because I scare easily.

Deliberative Refined:  Careful vigilance that protects and prevents harm.

The strength of Discipline® is like someone who would plan their vacation way in advance, right down to the minute.

Discipline Raw:  If my world is out of order, I’m a mess.

Discipline Refined: When someone’s world is a mess, I can help restore the order.

The strength of Focus® looks like someone staring at you for a long time without saying a word.

Focus Raw: My concentration causes me to be socially & intellectually isolated.

Focus Refined: I am intentional about important priorities including projects & people.

People with the strength of Responsibility® are dependable and reliable. When they say yes, you can count on it getting done.

Responsibility Raw: Feels external pressure to do the right thing.

Responsibility Refined: Feels internal pleasure when doing the right thing.

People with the strength of Restorative® are crazy good at solving problems.

Restorative Raw: See what is wrong, but lacks the solution or effort to fix it.

Restorative Refined:  See brokenness and contributes to healing.

What is your action plan to get from raw to refined?  What’s great about having everything listed down on one location is that it makes it easier to track progress and effectively plan things out. Planning helps you prepare for the obstacles ahead and keep you on track. And with an effective action plan, you can boost your productivity and keep yourself focused.

Now that you know what each strength looks like in its raw and refined form, you have a clear direction of where you need to go.

  • Have your goals written down and planned out in steps.
  • Highlight exactly what steps you need to be taken.
  • Track your progress.

Start by asking yourself the following questions about your Executing Theme strengths.

  1. Which of your top 5 talents are too raw in the workplace, and why?
  2. In what ways does the raw talent get you into trouble? In what context does it hinder success?
  3. What knowledge, skills, and practice could make these talents more refined?

This is challenging but very rewarding work.

Are you ready to have a conversation with me about creating your action plan or how to help your team members develop their action plan?

Then schedule your free Ask Brent Anything call. Check out my website at www.brentobannon.com for more ideas and classes that will help you on that path.

 Click here if you need to purchase a CliftonStrengths assessment code for you or anyone else. I am looking forward to working with you as you grow your and your team’s strengths from raw to refined.

Do you ever wonder if you are genuinely a strengths-based leader? Are you leading your team to go from raw to refined? In his book Strengths-based Leadership, Tom Rath tells us, “The most effective leaders are always investing in strengths.” If you ask most people what it means to be a strengths-based leader, they will usually respond with something about themselves that they need to be leading out of their strengths. Not that that is wrong, but there is more to it than that.

It is great to be self-aware, know who you are, and what you value. To invest in your strengths for a clear leadership purpose and learn how to engage and influence others to follow you. But if all your efforts are focused on you, you are missing a large part of the story.

If it is all about you and your strengths, then you are a good manager if you work on those and figure out your strengths and apply them. But after facilitating over 27,000 coaching sessions and working with hundreds of managers, I have discovered that the best managers not only know their strengths but look beyond those to the strengths of others. They take the time to discover the people’s strengths on their team and then create a culture where those team members can thrive using their strengths daily.

This investment into your team members’ strengths and creating opportunities for them to shine is the other part of your story. This part of the story will develop a culture of engagement and contentment for you and your team.  

How do you create the right role fit? I could list a bunch of features and benefits, but instead, how about I tell you a story?

In 2014, the Triad Group, an injection molding and machine company, faced runaway turnover caused by a series of leadership changes, a lack of strategic direction, and poor communication with the production teams.

At this point, company owners Russ and Nancy took on the role of Strengths Champions. They began a sustained effort to turn the company around by creating a strengths-based organization and reengaging managers and employees.

Russ and Nancy used about every tool in the book.

First, they gave each employee the StrengthsFinder assessment and issued jerseys with the employee’s top strengths stitched in bold letters on the back. They then developed a six-week training and coaching program for all employees, handed out strengths calendars to help their people focus on their strengths every day, and created a bucket wall to remind everyone the power of strengths in promoting positive interactions. Russ and Nancy even posted team strengths grids on the shop walls to show off the diverse talents of each team.

Russ and Nancy did other things, but what’s most important are the results they achieved.

  • Monthly turnover fell from 85 percent to 8 percent.
  • Scrap rate dropped from 35 percent to 1 percent.
  • Productivity jumped by 200 percent.

And finally, profitability increased by 233 percent.

There’s no question that throughout this process, Russ and Nancy transformed from average leaders to two of the world’s greatest leaders. Their work as Strengths Champions empowered their team to build a deeper connection with the company, increasing morale, accountability, productivity, and more.

As you begin, like Russ and Nancy, to discover what your employees do best, begin to understand what motivates them, when you understand that you will know what they’re naturally drawn to do at work every day. Ask questions that will give you insight into them, who knows, and you might be surprised by the answers.  

You may find other motivations that you had never thought of because of the differences in your strengths. It is these differences that you can leverage to build a Dream Team.

How can you be like Russ and Nancy and step up and be a strengths-based leader? If you and your team have taken the StrengthsFinder assessment before, take a look at each of your team members’ Top 5 Strengths. If not, make sure you do the assessment with your team.

Think about their job performance. How do you see his/her strengths coming out at work every day? How can you create a job that will be tailored toward those strengths? 

Have a conversation with your team members about what they enjoy about their job. Your ability to listen well is key to unlocking your team’s potential and leading them to use their strengths every day on the job. Remember, these “naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior that can be productively applied” are the clues to our most significant value-add to the team.

Do you want more information on how Russ and Nancy created their dream team? Would you like to increase your profitability by 233 percent? Schedule a free Ask Brent Anything to talk with me if you have questions about doing this. Do you have great things going on with your team? Let’s talk about them in the comments below.

 

 

Do you find yourself asking: Who am I? What’s unique about me? How do I engage myself deeper to become amazing at what I do?

Many people are where you are, asking the same questions. The answers are waiting for you, and I want to help you with this exciting personal discovery.

The first step is through the CliftonStrengths ​assessment. It’s more than an assessment. It’s a way of life that gives you a language to live and communicate your strengths instead of focusing on your weaknesses. Shifting your focus onto your strengths can lead to professional and personal breakthroughs you’ve only started to imagine.

In an earlier blog, we talked about the theory that the CliftonStrengths® assessment is based on. Let’s take some time here and look at some other assessment pieces and how they work. 

The CliftonStrengths assessment reveals your success potential and can be taken on the Internet. The assessment measures your talents — your natural patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving — and categorizes them into the 34 CliftonStrengths themes. The assessment take approximately 30 minutes and you will be presented with 177-paired statements, then you choose which one best describes you and to identify the extent to which that chosen option is descriptive of you. 

The descriptors are placed as if anchoring the opposite ends of a range. You are then asked to choose the descriptor from the pair that best describes you, and to identify the extent from “Strongly Describes Me” to “Neutral” for the option you chose. You are given 20 seconds to respond to a given pair of descriptors before the assessment automatically presents the next pair. The reason for the 20-second time limit is that, along with your unfamiliarity with the statements that will be presented, it makes it challenging to over-think your responses and ensures your assessment’s accuracy.

Gallup studied human strengths for over 40-years. From these studies’ results, Gallup created a language we know as the 34 most common talents. To help people discover what their talents are and to give them voice, the CliftonStrengths assessment was created.

The 34 talents are referred to as “themes.” Talents are ways in which we naturally think, feel, and behave as unique individuals, and they serve as the foundation of strengths development.

After you complete your CliftonStrengths assessment, you will receive a report displaying your top five (most dominant) themes. Please schedule you free Ask Brent Anything call so we can begin to work to delve into those themes to discover your greatest talents. The CliftonStrengths assessment and the report of your top five themes were designed to help you learn about and build upon your greatest talents in order to create strengths that will enhance all aspects of your life.

Your Top 5 strengths are the best place to start, but you have 34 dominant talents, the CliftonStrengths Assessment measures all 34. You will expand your understanding of yourself (and help others do the same) by learning about your CliftonStrengths 34. When you are ready to delve further into your strengths you can purchase a code that will unlock your entire 34 strengths.

What questions do you have about the CliftonStrengths Assessment? How have you used what you learned in your life? Then schedule you free Ask Brent Anything call. Check out my website at www.brentobannon.com for more ideas and classes that will help you on that path. Click here if you need to purchase a CliftonStrengths assessment code for you or anyone else. Let’s have a conversation in the comments below about how strengths have affected your life.