I love it when you engage in one activity to help your business and it turns into a serendipitous experience that transforms your whole life! That is what the power of strengths development can do for you, for your business, career, family and your most significant relationships.
My latest blog Talk Radio program was titled “Emotional Intelligence for Dummies”. The title was a play on words because the research found in Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves shows that;
people with the highest levels of intelligence (IQ) outperform those with average IQs just 20% of the time, while people with average IQs outperformed individuals with high IQs 70% of the time.
EQ is so critical to success that it accounts for 58% of performance in all types of jobs.
Awareness is one of the key factors in learning emotional intelligence. Unlike the cognitive intelligence that you are born with and is measured through an IQ test, emotional intelligence must be learned. This is where the strengths conversation takes an important turn. If you want to be more aware of how you are acting, you need to also become more engaged. The primary role of strengths development is to increase engagement in the workplace. The StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment is a key resource in understanding your personal talents, investing those talents and then being able to leverage them as strengths. The unexpected result from this work is that you greatly increase your personal level of emotional intelligence because you are now more aware of your actions, thoughts and feelings. You begin to own and act upon an internal image of yourself that is holistic and unique.
I work with the strengths profile of every client in such a way that in every encounter, I activate and honor their unique talents and encourage them to invest energy in what they bring to the world in an extraordinary way. I create a list of actions, questions and responses to use during our sessions that will intentionally activate their strengths and raise their energy and awareness to a level that they can solve their own problems.
At Strengths Strategy, a strengths training and coaching organization, the objective is to learn how to experience and create interdependent relationships through strengths development. This is an organization that takes coaching to the next level by actually building out strategic partnerships with their certified coaches. It’s providing coaches the opportunity of partnering with a world class organization while still allowing the coaches to have total autonomy over their own business; it’s a true win/win partnership. Please take a few minutes to listen to Brent Barnacle‘s story of transformation through their Strengths Coach Training Process.
Brent talks about being present as the goal of engagement in every aspect of his life. He also receives friendly reminders from his family when he is not engaged by their responses and behaviors! What a blessing to have this high level of awareness and emotional intelligence at a time when he can significantly impact the future of his children!