Want to perform better, be happier, live longer? Then, as Monty Python once said, always look on the bright side of life. Focus on your strengths, on what works and make sure you are optimising them and you will find yourself more likely to achieve your goals.
Personal resilience, or the ability to bounce-back from setbacks and cope with day-to-day hassles/stressors, has also been found to contribute significantly to psychological well-being and health.
It’s not just what individuals focus on that’s important either. What employers prioritise in their assessment of staff is also affected by what I am going to call in this blog the ‘Life of Brian’ rule of thumb.
A strengths focus can deliver measurable business returns, both in terms of hard results such as increased revenues and reduced costs as well as having a positive impact on „lead‟ indicators of future success such as customer engagement, improved morale, discretionary effort and personal wellbeing (a major contributory factor in absenteeism rates).
So, with that in mind, why do many employee appraisals and development programmes continue to focus on what’s not working?
Conventional wisdom has held for many years that our weaknesses represent our greatest opportunities for development, and that we should focus on fixing weaknesses (our own and our teams) in order to increase our chances of success, research over the past decade has challenged some of these principles.
For example, recent research shows that:
Eleven years of coaching experience (and evidence from a corporate career prior to that) has confirmed my belief in this philosophy too. Ascentia is a strengths-based coaching company. Those who work with me know that I believe you get what you focus on.
Ascentia works with organisations to assess employee strengths and competencies and align them with organisational goals.
We do this in several ways.
If you’d like to find out more about how to bring a strengths-based philosophy into your business, please click here to contact Ascentia or call us on 01564 702204.