Sunday, September 14, 2008

Gallup: Strengths-Based Development

I have deployed the same strategy at work to manage the department of 100 staff. The results are astonishing. Not only that, I have also looked into their competency development so that we can develop the effectiveness of the department and individuals.

My previous managers in Pfizer and Komag have also demonstrated such management style. They have also inflenced my current way of managing employee - strength based, no fear, appreciation and competency development.

Strengths-Based Development

Gallup research has proven that the best way to develop people -- and net the greatest return on investment -- is to identify the ways in which they most naturally think, feel, and behave as unique individuals, then build upon those talents to create strength, the ability to provide consistent, near-perfect performance in a specific task. Gallup strengths consultants are leading-edge specialists dedicated to closely partnering with organizations to align vital human resource functions with crucial business and organization needs.

What impact do Gallup's strengths development programs have on our clients' organizational performance? Our research shows that our strengths development interventions can produce increases in employee engagement that in turn lead to improved business outcomes in areas including retention, productivity, profitability, customer engagement, and safety.

Over the past decade, Gallup has surveyed more than 10 million people worldwide on the topic of employee engagement, and only one-third "strongly agree" with the statement: "At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day." In a recent Gallup Poll, among those who "strongly disagreed" or "disagreed" with this "what I do best" statement, not one single person was emotionally engaged on the job.

Analyses of our clients' employee engagement scores show that workgroups that receive strengths development interventions achieve stronger growth in employee engagement scores than groups that received no strengths intervention or a standard employee engagement intervention. Our studies also indicate that employees who do have the opportunity to focus on their strengths every day are six times as likely to be engaged in their jobs and more than three times as likely to report having an excellent quality of life in general. A strengths development strategy not only can dramatically boost employee engagement, it can also dramatically decrease disengagement.

The Clifton StrengthsFinder: a Revolutionary Tool for Developing Human Potential

The foundation of Gallup Consulting's strengths management practice is the Clifton StrengthsFinder, the product of a 25-year, multimillion dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human talents -- the building blocks of a strong and productive life.

Over the past several years, millions of people have used StrengthsFinder to discover their greatest talents. The assessment has been translated into more than 20 languages and is used by businesses, schools, community groups, and individuals in more than 50 nations around the world.

Maximizing Organizational Performance

Gallup Consulting's strengths development and management programs are a powerful first step for organizations seeking to maximize individual performance. Organizations can achieve even greater results when they address all points on The Gallup Path. We have developed integrated and comprehensive performance management solutions that support organizations in achieving crucial business goals.

In addition to consulting on strengths-based development approaches that boost employee productivity and engagement and increase organizational performance, Gallup Consulting offers tools for:

Workplace and Leadership Practices

Marketing and Customer Practices

Gallup Consulting has the resources and experience to support organizations that seek to improve their business performance by developing better leaders, more profitable customers, and more productive employees. Our successes demonstrate our effective consulting and performance improvement solutions.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help you or your organization achieve higher levels of performance.

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