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High Performing Teams: Shared Values, Diverse Strengths

Nov 14, 2014



Is your team performing at its very best? Do you have team members that are playing out of position? How can you build a sense of shared values and tap into the diverse strengths of each member of your team? This session uses Gallup's Strengths framework to engage your team in productive conversations about leveraging the unique gifts and talents of each member.

  • 1. Building a HighPerforming TeamDiverse Strengths & Shared Values

2. The Research: Which Puppet Would You Choose? 3. We Tend to Gravitate Towards People Who Are Just Like Us . . . 4. It Happens in the Workplace Too . . . 5. Common Ground is Important . . . So is Diversity Shared ValuesDiverse Strengths 6. Do Values Really Matter? "We wanted to come up with committable core values and by committable, meaning we're actually willing to hire or fire people based on whether they're living up to those values, completely independent of their actual job performance. -- Tony Hsieh, Zappos Founder 7. How can you find out what their values are? Assessments (VIA, etc.) Zappos hiring process - $10,000 8. Values & MotivationPassion = Values in ActionMan is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish. --Jean de la Fontaine 9. How Can We Get Them to Bring Their Values to Work? 10. A Word About Strengths Is it just something that youre good at? Is it different from a skill or ability? Traditionally we would define a strength in terms of the output Strengths theory defines it in terms of energy and engagement 11. Gallup Strengths Framework Executing Influencing Relationship Building Strategic Thinking 12. Map Your Strengths 13. Know Thyself A leader needs to know his strengths as a carpenter knows his tools, or as a physician knows the instruments at her disposal. What great leaders have in common is that each truly knows his or her strengths and can call on the right strength at the right time. This explains why there is no definitive list of characteristics that describes all leaders. - Dr Donald O. Clifton 14. Why do we fail to get to know ourselves? Fear maybe we dont measure up Compartmentalization The busyness of life and other distractions 15. Dans Personal Leadership DefinitionLeadership is the capacity to influence human thought, emotion, and behavior starting with my own. 16. How do I identify my strengths? What is working well and how can I do more of it? What things energize me? Do I feel a sense of yearning or inevitability? Would I do this even if I werent getting paid? VIA and SBL surveys 17. Group Exercise Go around your group and give each person the opportunity to share What did you learn? What really jumped out at you? Does the report seem to accurately describe you and your strengths? 18. Compounding . . . Small, Intentional Tweaks 19. Change the Frame 20. Why Focus on Strengths . . . What About Weaknesses? 21. Focus On Strengths 22. Not Weaknesses 23. Strengths in Overdrive 24. How Well Do You Know Your Team? 25. Why Should I Get to Know My Team? Cant they just put their heads down and do their work? This is a fast-paced work environment. We focus on results. We dont have time for personalities. Im not your therapist. We have a job to do, so lets do it. 26. Strengths and MotivationWhat works for one employee may not work for another. The approach needs to be tailored to each team member. 27. A Tale of Two Staff ExecutingRelationship Building 28. PersonalizeWere all unique (no this is not photo shopped) 29. Build a Common VocabularyStrengths assessments are a doorway to a conversation . . . 30. Build a Common Vocabulary: A Case Study 31. Engagement The Holy Grail of Organizational Success 32. Jack Welch StoryHeadHandsHeart 33. How Engaged is a Pitcher in the Batters Box? Why did I swing at a sinker?Please dont miss!How good are A. Rods lawyers?When can I get back on the mound?Are any of the members of your team playing out of position? 34. Gallup 12 Keys to Engagement At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day. In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work. My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person. There is someone at work who encourages my development. In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress. 35. Bringing It All Together: Strengths in Teams Individual Exercise Think of a team project that went really well. Why did your team succeed? What roles did different members of the team play? Think of a team project that went off the rails. Why did your team struggle? What roles did different members of the team play? What strengths are missing on your current team? Is there anyone who is currently playing out of position? Brainstorm other roles they may be able to play. Do you notice any strengths in overdrive, individually or collectively? 36. E-Bay: A Case Study Jeff and I had very complementary skills, Omidyar told us in our interviews. Id say I did more of the creative work developing the product and solving problems around the product, while Jeff was involved in the more analytical and practical side of things. He was the one who would listen to an idea of mine and then say, OK, lets figure out how to get this done. 37. Team Strengths in Overdrive Case Study #1: Is too much Harmony a bad thing? Case Study #2: Achievers collide . . . 38. Contact Information Dan Griffiths, CPA, CGMA is the Director of Strategic Planning at Tanner, LLC, a Salt Lake City-based professional services firm with about 80 team members. Prior to merging his practice with Tanner, he co-founded Proficio Services Group to provide strategic & business planning, leadership development, and business coaching services. Dan is a graduate of the 2010 AICPA Leadership Academy and in 2011-2012 served as the chair of the Young CPA Network Committee for the AICPA. Dan has also been very active with the UACPA and in 2011 was recognized as the Outstanding CPA in Business and Management. He was recently selected to serve as Utahs elected member of the AICPA Governing Council. Dan is an avid flyfisher, backpacker, and gardener. He and his wife Bibiana just welcomed their fourth child to the family. Contact Dan at: [email protected] Or connect with him on LinkedIn