If you’re lucky, you might remember a time when you were part of a powerhouse team. Tasks were distributed seamlessly, every deadline met, and awards and accolades won.
But the reality is that experiences like this are rare. Often, it seems like teamwork just…doesn’t work. So what’s the difference? Why do some teams succeed while other teams struggle?
There may not be one simple answer. But whether it’s a football team, a college speech & debate team, or a team of colleagues, one key to success is understanding the strengths of your teammates.
Understanding Our Strengths
This month, our team of value consultants completed a strengths assessment. As part of our team growth and development, the VP of Client Success led the strengths assessment. The assessment, called StrengthsFinder, tabulates the top five strengths of each person based on their survey responses.
What is StrengthsFinder?
StrengthsFinder is a resource developed by Gallup and explained in the book StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath. The assessment is used by professionals across industries to determine strengths that aren’t easily assessed in technical work. Based on each person’s answers to the 20-minute survey, the top five strengths are compiled (out of a list of 34 total strengths) and fall into the four main categories of executing, strategic thinking, relationship building, or influencing.
Here is the full list of strengths:
The Team’s Discoveries
After each consultant received his/her top five strengths, they divided up into groups. Groups were formulated based on complementary or differing strengths. Here are thoughts from a few team members about what they learned:
- “What I perceived as my weaknesses were actually my strengths.”
- “The findings for my strengths were oddly affirming.”
- “Individualization resonated as it reflected my world view and experience. I try not to stereotype or judge at face value based on family/religious situations and I had a lot of diversity in my educational experience.”
We are using this StrengthsFinder knowledge to improve our productivity and collaboration. Are you a strong executor? Getting insights from someone who is a relationship builder could strengthen your approach. Learn from your teammates… that’s what teams are for!
Develop Your Strengths
If you’re interested in discovering your own strengths, visit the StrengthsFinder website.