Relationships are Vital
Once an individual’s strengths have been identified, it is “relationship,” that helps define who they are and what they can become.
Virtually everyone can trace successes in their life to a pivotal relationship where another human first helped them identify something they could become great at and encouraged them to think of themselves and others in terms of their strengths.
In his book with Paula Nelson titled Soar With Your Strengths, Dr. Don Clifton, characterized “Relationship as the net sum of all of responses to other human beings where we invest without consideration of self-reward.” Among Dr. Clifton’s many beliefs were that Strengths always develop best in response to another human being [relationship] and in as much, there can be no growth without relationship.
The same can be said for organizations. Comprised of human organisms, organizations innately, intuitively want to grow. And, at the intersection of strengths and relationship lies engagement and subsequently performance…more specifically, better safety records, higher customer loyalty scores, lower turnover and higher profitability and productivity.
Research revealed in Tom Rath and Barry Conchie’s new book, Strengths-Based Leadership, reports that an individual’s chances of being engaged at work is 73% when the organization’s leadership focuses on strengths versus only 9% when they do not.
Additionally, Tom reports in his best selling book, Vital Friends, that if an employee can strike 5 “strongly agree” with “I have a best friend at work,” they have a 1 in 100 chance of being disengaged and only a 1 in 12 chance of being engaged. Unfortunately, only 30% of the American work force can strongly agree with that statement and even less [18%] actually work for a company that encourages friendship on the job.
Fueled by our mission and supported by compelling evidence, we know with certainty the world is a better place when humans consciously utilize their Strengths to seek, acknowledge and encourage what is good and right in others.
We can help you create an environment where strengths based relationships can flourish. Interested?