Category Archives: Leadership

A Sweet Spot @ the 2012 Training Conference

Valentine’s Day wasn’t the only sweet spot last week. We took Strengthscope on the road to Atlanta at the 2012 Annual Training Magazine Expo where we captured the heart of more than 3,000 attendees. Many lasting relationships begin with a … Continue reading

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5 Core Disciplines Of A World-Class CEO

Who has the most critical and influential role in an organization? Typically that would be the Chief Executive Officer. Not only is the organization’s future impacted by the CEO’s leadership, the lives and livelihood of thousands of people, sometimes entire … 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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If I Wanted a Dream Job…

I have to admit it, I am at the mid-point of my life, and I have never had a “job.” I have always been self-employed in the service of others. However, if I wanted a dream job it would be … Continue reading

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Strengths in a Facebook World

Recently I was at a speaking engagement discussing how to create a “Strengths-Based” culture in organizations vs. a “Command and Control” environment. One of the participants asked two critical questions. He asked, “Wouldn’t it make more sense if we determined … 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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Creating a Culture of Engagement

Years ago I heard a story about Tom Watson, the founder of IBM. Asked to what he attributed the phenomenal success of IBM, his response went like this: IBM is what it is today for three special reasons. The first … 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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