Judy is a Certified Strengths Coach!

Judy has successfully attained her certification as a Clifton (Gallup) StrengthsFinder Coach! She is using her Strengths’ skills to help individuals, business and management teams gain greater understanding of their own, and others’ positive attributes.

Judy writes about Strengths in her article “The Secret of Higher Performance: Strengths Based Management”:

By explicitly acknowledging the uniqueness of each employee, companies energize their workers’ independent thinking and creativity.

Focusing more conversations on employees’ strengths helps them develop their natural talents and improve their work because they are able to emphasize how they naturally excel and how they’re uniquely equipped to get the job done. This also enables them to transfer how they have used their strengths from one task to another and to repeat the process.

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Judy Preston - Strengths Certified!

Successful Supervisors WorkshopJoin Judy in this exciting Workshop!

Supervising others from a place of strength is a positive way to increase team engagement and productivity. Knowing how to identify your own and others’ unique strengths is a first step in implementing this highly effective management tool.

Learn how to use your strengths to lead your Team – your way!

Location: Lake County Community Development, 407 Main St SW, Ronan
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – 9am-4pm
Cost: $149 (groups of 4 or more pay $134 each)

To register, contact Sharyn at (406) 676-5901.
Seating is limited so register early.

Judy Preston is a Gallup Trained Strengths Coach. She uses Strengths Coaching and Training to improve team engagement and productivity.

Date: November 15, 2016
Time: 09:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m.
Event: Essential Skills for Successful Supervisors
Topic: Learn How to Use Your Unique Strengths
Sponsor: Mission Valley Nonprofit Network
(406) 676-5901
Venue: Lake County Community Development
(406) 676-5901
Location: 407 Main Street SW
Ronan, MT 59863
Public: Public

Creating Lasting Impact for Your Organization

Putting Strengths-Based Development to Work

Discover Your Strengths

Three Types of EmployeesTraditional or conventional development focuses primarily on fixing weaknesses.  Unfortunately, that approach most often leaves individuals struggling with mediocre performance.

The organizational impact of strengths-based development is well documented.  Gallup’s social scientists have studied the impact of such interventions, and their discoveries are compelling.

Researchers looked at the impact of workers’ engagement levels in three different categories:  Engaged, Not Engaged, and Actively Disengaged.

A 2004 Gallup Poll asked 1,003 U.S. workers to select one of the following options:

      • My supervisor focuses on my weaknesses or negative characteristics.
      • My supervisor focuses on my strengths or positive characteristics.

Gallup discovered that the best way for a supervisor to create an actively disengaged workforce is to pay employees no attention, and ignore them completely.

It appears that it is better for a supervisor to be negative toward employees than apathetic.  The jump from apathetic to negative brings increases in engagement and decreases in active disengagement.  However, if a supervisor is truly serious about building a highly engaged workforce, the most productive approach seems to be one that pays primary attention to employees’ strengths and positive characteristics.

Supervisors who focus on employees’ strengths were able to engage employees at a 61% rate, compared with weakness-focusing managers who only engaged employees at a 45% rate.

Managers who predominately focused on weaknesses stimulated active disengagement among their employees at a 22% rate while strengths-focused managers reduced active disengagement to an astoundingly low 1%.

In addition to improvements in employee engagement, there is also a strong correlation between strengths-based focus and important business outcomes such as productivity, profitability, and retention. 

A study of individual employee productivity found that productivity went up 7.8% following some kind of strengths focus.  When considering team performance data, teams whose managers received some form of strengths education saw a 12.5% boost in productivity and an 8.9% increase in profitability.  Finally, employee turnover was significantly reduced among those employees receiving some strengths focus.  Their turnover was 14.9% lower than that of their peers who received no strengths treatment.

To summarize, there is a strong connection between how people feel when they focus on their strengths, and how they perform.  Let’s encourage people to focus on their strengths.

Adapted from Gallup Strengths, 2012 – Judy Preston is a Gallup Trained Strength Coach.

The Secret of Higher Performance

Strengths Based Management

Strengths CoachingBy explicitly acknowledging the uniqueness of each employee, companies energize their workers’ independent thinking and creativity.

Too often, when supervisors or managers have conversations with their employees, those interactions are focused on tasks.  While it is helpful for managers to understand the tasks each employee is working on, a constant focus on fixing immediate problems can sabotage long-term productivity.

A more effective way to develop an employee is to center performance conversations on the employee’s strengths, which in turn leads to improved morale and employee engagement. 

People who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged on the job and three times more likely to be happier with their lives in general. (“Accelerated Strengths Coaching“, Gallup, Inc. ) Increased engagement translates to increased employee retention, and makes it easier to recruit new people.

Focusing more conversations on employees’ strengths helps them develop their natural talents and improve their work because they are able to emphasize how they naturally excel and how they’re uniquely equipped to get the job done.  This also enables them to transfer how they have used their strengths from one task to another and to repeat the process.

Strengths based management highlights individual talents so each team member can understand how to use their strengths in every day situations.  Giving ongoing feedback about how to use their strengths builds employee trust and enables better team performance.

Judy Preston is a trained Gallup Strengths Coach.  She uses Strengths Coaching and Training to improve team engagement and productivity which will improve your organization’s bottom line.