If you've always thought you could be happier at work, this book is a must read for you! It will teach you what strengths are, show you the importance of using your strengths, how to identify your personal strengths (and those of coworkers) and most importantly ways to bring them into your working day.
Here are the points from the book that really stood out for me.
- People who use their strengths at work are much happier
- People who use their strengths at work experience less stress and cope with it more effectively
- Stress is a positive at work, provided we have regular recovery periods. When stress becomes chronic it negatively effects our focus, creativity, relationships and self control. The key here is making positive habits of recovery periods.
- People who use their strengths regularly are healthier and are overall more satisfied with their lives.
- Practicing and nurturing personal strengths has the same positive effect on our happiness as gratitude exercises.
- Of the 24 VIA character strengths, hope, zest, gratitude, curiosity and love are most closely related to increases in life satisfaction.
- A Gallup survey concluded that those who used their strengths at work were 6 times more likely to be engaged at work and 3 times more likely to experience an excellent quality of life. (Engagement being a positive indicator of productivity, customer satisfaction and increased profitability.)
- People who use their strengths at work are more confident, more creative and learn much faster than others.
- When managers gave performance reviews based on individuals strengths, performance improved by 36.4%, but when reviews were based on weaknesses, performance decreased by 26.8%.
- Cultivating hope is an essential part of personal improvement. There are three components to hope: 1. Developing the goals and future you want 2. Determining multiple pathways to achieve those goals and 3. Agency, this is the ability to believe it's possible and take positive steps towards the goals.
- Appreciative Inquiry framework developed by Professor David Cooperrider includes 1. Poetic Principle - what you focus on grows. 2. Simultaneity Principle - What questions can you ask to precede positive change? 3. Anticipatory Principle - Bring optimism and hope to everything you do. 4. Positive Principles - Build positive emotion to bring positive action. 5. Constructionist Principle - Focus on building positive stories for the team.
- The 4D framework includes 1. Discover the best of the past. 2. Dream of what's possible. 3. Design what might be. and 4. Deliver what will be.
Interested in what your strengths are and how to use them in your workplace? Check out the Strengths Assessment Session on offer.