“My business partner and I need to work smarter, not harder. How can we get one plus one to equal three?”
Let’s start with John (note his top 10 strengths). As he started describing his past successes, John realized how his strengths contributed to them. When we examined how he can pull multiple strengths together simultaneously to have a powerful impact, he was awestruck, having never considered that before. The conversation enabled John to see himself in a new light. Using his strengths at their best, he had the potential to be:
A leader who can push his team hard because he celebrates the wins and makes them feel a part of the victory. He is best at leading teams that need to be agile and he is able to channel their energy at the milestone ahead. He also uses an examination of the details and a reflection on the past and current situation to ensure continuous learning and improvement. The team follows him because they trust he will meet commitments and he engages them in a way that they feel a part of this journey.
Here is another example of a synergy we identified. Sally loves to collect information (input) that she now funnels to John to feed his ideation. As they plan financially for the business, each contributes multiple skills to that process. Sally provides the data (input), which John analyzes (analytical), and they develop a plan to meet future goals (strategic, focus, futuristic). Sally’s discipline is helpful in developing processes to ensure they stick to the budget.
Now they intentionally have a monthly strengths discussion to ensure they are using this knowledge to optimize their performance. And before allocating tasks, they consider whose strengths would be better suited for the work or how they will jointly aim their strengths at the challenge. This is how they have woven strengths into their business to make a profound difference.