Author Archives: Josh Allan Dykstra

The Strengths Triangle

The most important thing you can do to have a great career — and quite possibly, a great life — is to know what you do better than anyone else, know what energizes you, and know where you came from. … Continue reading

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A New Tool For Strengths Discovery

This entry is admittedly a bit “press-release-y,” (probably because it’s a press release), but we wanted to let you know about this exciting announcement. We are thrilled to be part of the Strengths Partnership! // LOS ANGELES, CA/CHARLESTON, SC (October … Continue reading

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Building A Strengths-Based Culture

We know that at the core of a healthy organization is the idea that people are respected and valued for their different gifts/strengths/talents. This is where true diversity is found, as well, as it is these innate abilities which create … Continue reading

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Engagement 1.0

Engagement is a trendy business buzzword these days, and it sounds pretty fancy. But the way engagement looks isn’t very complicated at all. It’s easy to tell if an employee is engaged. They miss work less, quit organizations less, create … Continue reading

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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

During our time in grad school, the other Strengths Doctors partners and I had an opportunity to learn from some of the brightest scientists and researchers in the world. It was there, from Dr. Sang Lee, that I first heard … Continue reading

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Good Leaders Don’t Do Everything

I see a lot of chatter around this general idea:

“Leaders don’t command what they are unwilling to do themselves.”

I understand the sentiment, but when even slightly misinterpreted this mentality does more harm than good. Continue reading

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How To Stop Sucking

It seems like the right thing is to focus more time on making our weaknesses better. After all, this is what we are taught our whole lives in school–if I suck at math, I spend the most time working on that subject.

But we are wrong. Focusing on our weaknesses is usually completely futile.

Let’s accept it: we all suck at something. And even more, what we suck at sucks the life out of us. So why do we keep doing these things!? How can we stop sucking? Continue reading

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Questions Are The New Answers

Everyone loves answers. But in the new “age of Google,” it is the QUESTIONS we should be paying attention to. Continue reading

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Choices Will Terminate You

An interesting lesson in customer interactions, learned from a Terminator. Continue reading

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Org Fit Has Nothing To Do With Your Org

We don’t “fit” an organization because of the organization. We fit because of the manager we work for and the team we work with.

As a leader, are you spending enough time with those managers? Everything hangs in the balance of how we answer that question, and this is why… Continue reading

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