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 our worldview and varied perspectives.
If a tribe can adopt a mindset which truly helps people see each other as unique, special, individuals that have gifts and strengths, and that these talents provide important variety and valuable differing perspectives to the team, an almost magical level of trust and collaboration forms.
While a strengths-affirming culture is not easy to achieve, it is an essential goal for companies who wish to remain competitive in the new hyperconnected, collaborative economy.
For the past few months, I’ve been fortunate to be a part of a group called the MIX Hackathon Pilot, helping to brainstorm ways to reinvent management from the inside-out. We followed a systematic “design thinking” model to narrow down the most pressing issues in today’s organizations and collaboratively build out solutions. I led a small team in creating a “hack” called “Build A Strengths-Based Culture.” (If you’d like a bit more info on the hacking process, go here.)
This is an incredibly in-depth look at why a strengths-based culture is crucial for success and what problems it solves. It also serves as a practical guide for how to get started in making this a reality in your organization.
There are few things better than finding/creating work that uses our strengths. We did our best to make this hack incredibly practical and straightforward — I hope you will find this guide helpful!