Build a Shared Vision by Focusing on Strengths

By Catherine Fulkerson posted 03-16-2021 03:04 PM

The best method to get teams and the individuals within them to move forward in the right direction is by bringing them together to learn about their unique strengths; aspirations for the jobs they are performing; preferred operational norms; and defined priority goals they can collaboratively achieve.  

Instead of focusing on what people are doing wrong; highlight and celebrate what they naturally do well – their strengths.  Learn your Team’s Strengths by having them take the CliftonStrengths Assessment. Then have a facilitator compile the results of the whole team and lead a discussion on how the different strengths of each staff member can lend to the success of a your organization’s operations.  The outcome – Individual team members will gain a better understanding of what motivates or drives their peers, and they will learn how to work together more effectively by utilizing their respective strengths.

Once you understand what your team strengths are, bring them together to build a shared vision. Working collaboratively will enable team members to create a work environment in which they individually believe they are part of a common entity, bound together to fulfill the mission of the organization.  Tap the services of a facilitator to lead your team through a series of brainstorming activities. The outcome – Development of a shared set of values and operational norms that will define the culture of your organization and operational expectations.

Engage your team in a discussion about what they believe the strengths, challenges and priorities of your organization should be.  Their perspectives and ideas will have a positive impact on your organization. With a facilitator, use the information to hold brainstorming sessions with your team to create an Operational Roadmap -  a set of key focus areas and related goals, objectives, and actions that the team can work collaboratively on to address and improve overall operations of the organization.