We know that when people use their strengths everyday they are happier and report higher levels of over-all well being. Countless research has shown that when people are happier, as a result of using their strengths effectively, they are more engaged, perform better and produce the very benefits that organisations are looking for – increased productivity, engagement, employee retention and higher profitability.
When we work to people’s strengths, rather than focusing on what is wrong with them, we are asking them to do more of what they enjoy and do best. And as research has shown, using your strengths is associated with significantly higher levels of happiness, well-being and fulfilment. When we operate from our strengths we feel truly authentic and in touch with ourselves because we are acting in ways that feels true to ourselves.
As well as being happier, people who are given an opportunity to do what they do best everyday and apply their strengths experience:
- 6 times higher engagement
- 36% higher performance
- 43% higher productivity
- 83% more likely to be part of a high performing team
- 33-55% higher financial return
- 45% higher customer loyalty and satisfaction scores
- 3 times more likely to report having an excellent quality of life
- Higher safety records and fewer accidents on the job
2 Linley, Alex. Average to A+–Realizing Strengths in Yourself and Others, CAPP Press. 2008.
3 Watson, Wyatt, “Employee Commitment Remains Unchanged,” 2002. www.watsonwyatt.com
4 Buckingham, Marcus. Live presentation–Minneapolis. 2007
5 Towers Perrin-ISR (2006) The ISR Employee Engagement Report
Seeing Strengths through LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®
We believe achieving higher levels of engagement starts with the individual. That means helping them connect with their strengths and gain an understanding of when they are consistently at their best in terms of performance.
One of the quickest ways to do this is through LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology which shows that hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of your strengths and their possibilities. It deepens their reflection and engagement and as well as giving everybody in the team a voice with which to communicate. It also supports the forming and development of teams and helps overcome issues around conflict and communication which are directly linked to the needs of our strengths.
We know that when individuals have been involved in the intense, creative and exhilarating process of a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® session they are more likely to feel ownership of the analysis and decisions that have been made. When they have been involved in creating something and having been listened to individuals are more inclined to take ownership of their actions.
Collaboration is strengthened through listening and experiencing positive dialogue and participants come away with skills to communicate more effectively, to engage their imaginations more readily, and to approach their work with increased confidence, commitment and insight.
In the words of Plato: “You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than you can from a lifetime of conversation.”
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Check out this podcast from Vicki Haverson, our Director of Strengths-based Development