Find Your Strengths at Our $10 Toolkit


This Wednesday, we kick off a brand new year of $10 Toolkit workshops at Floricane.

The idea is simple.  You want to learn new skills, but your time is valuable – and you don’t want to spend $1,000 for a full day of PowerPoint presentations that fill your brain with white noise.

Enter our $10 Toolkit. One hour of your time, and ten dollars of your money, get you one hour of content – a focused bit of learning on topics related to leadership, change, strategic planning or personal development.

This Wednesday at 4pm, Lesley Bruno will unpack the world of StrengthsFinder, out of which the Gallup Organization has identified 34 “talent themes” (or strengths) that help shape our effectiveness. The concept behind StrengthsFinder is that each of us areas of skill or focus where we are most naturally effective – and that we should work to leverage those strengths, and to make them stronger.

The 34 talent themes sit within four domains -- as shown in the above graphic. And as with anything that has domains, there's the obvious suggestion you should consider how this may impact the composition of your working teams.

Of course, our view is a bit more nuanced. We are absolute believers in the strengths-based approach, and the idea of positive psychology, as one aspect of personal growth. We also believe that you need to build awareness around those areas where you are less effective, and understand their impact. But that’s another workshop.

On the strengths front, here’s how Gallup puts it:

All people have a unique combination of talents, knowledge, and skills — strengths — that they use in their daily lives to do their work, achieve their goals, and interact with others. Gallup has found that when people understand and apply their strengths, the effect on their lives and work is transformational. People who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged in their work and three times more likely to say they have an excellent quality of life.

On Wednesday, Lesley will introduce you to the 34 talent themes, and take participants through an interactive exploration of how they shape our work. We’ll have a few handouts on the StrengthsFinder model, and a quick assessment you can use to get a feel for where your natural strengths may lie.

You can register in advance, or drop in –- we’ll be starting promptly at 4pm so you might want to meander by our offices in the Richmond Times-Dispatch building around 3:45 or so. We’ll have snacks.

More details, and registration information, can be snagged from the Floricane Events page.