Paulsen Team Highlights Strengths

January 8, 2019

At Paulsen’s recent staff retreat, employees had the opportunity to show off their strengths.

CliftonStrengths is a program that assesses and ranks an individual’s strengths out of the 34 strengths identified.

According to the CliftonStrengths website, “A strengths-based approach is essential for creating an exceptional workplace culture. That’s why more than 90% of the Fortune 500 companies use CliftonStrengths.”

The website also states that when employees are aware of their strengths, they’re more engaged and productive at work, and when groups of people understand each other’s strengths, they perform better as a team.

Strength Sectors

The strengths are divided into four sectors: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building and Strategic Thinking.

At the Paulsen retreat, the team reviewed each person’s strengths and saw that for the most part, the identified strengths do fit with that person’s role.

For instance, people in the media and accounting group ranked high in Executing strengths, which include Consistency, Responsibility, Discipline, etc., which are important in their jobs. Account service team members had more Relationship Building strengths than other teams, which fits with their responsibilities.

Maximizing Potential

Knowing our own and each other’s strengths helps team members understand one another’s thought processes, behavior and communication styles.

For example, when assembling a team to work on a particular account, managers would bring together people with different and complementary strengths.

Or, when preparing for a shuffleboard match, team members can discern their opponents’ likely approaches based on their strengths.

If you’d like to know more about our work with CliftonStrengths, contact Marcus.Squier@paulsen.ag.

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