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Optimize Your Strengths by Dr. Paul Brewerton, James Brook

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CHAPTER 4 Habit 2: Sparking Engagement (optimizing others' strengths): In which Joe practises optimizing the strengths of others and takes action to reduce performance risk…

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“So, guys, there it is. My strengths, weaker areas and strengths in overdrive revealed; the issues this organization is facing clarified and an invitation for you all to identify your strengths and performance risks, using the Strengthscope360™ profiler.

“The goal of the next management meeting is to draw on our collective strengths to really nail a compelling vision that aligns all our strengths and describes what this place is going to look like and what we want to achieve as a business. So a description of what success looks like,” concludes Joe, pointing to the whiteboard on which he has just shared the challenges identified with Richard at his last session.

“Any questions?” he adds, wondering who is going to be the first person to point out the risks of ignoring weaknesses.

“Yes,” pipes up Sally.

“Why wait until the next management meeting to agree on this picture of success? Why don't we all go complete this assessment now, have the meetings over the next three days and end the week with another meeting to keep momentum going?”

“Because we've got jobs to do,” interrupts Phil. “How is doing all this stuff going to help us close the gap we have between where we are now and where the business plan says ...

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