Community Homeworks recently commenced work to create a Strengths-Based culture as an organization. Each member of the team took the Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment, which helps individuals discover what you naturally do best, learn how to develop your greatest talents into strengths, use your personalized results and reports to maximize your potential in the workplace. Once each person identified their TOP 5 strengths, the team brought in Ken Barr, Jr, a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and Director of Beacon Leadership to facilitate an afternoon retreat.
“I found the gallop strengths training very valuable, both to help me better understand myself, but also to get to know many of our newer team members,” said Jason Byler (Education Manager). “I have taken several different personality assessments in the past, but this was the first one that has focused on my personal strengths rather than trying to put me in a box or focus on what areas I might be lacking in.”
Ken spent an afternoon with the team to help the organization learn more about individual and collective Strengths. Utilizing the CliftonStrengths assessment, some guided activities, and enthusiastic discussion, the group learned the collective team leads with high Relationship-Building talents. These Relationship-Building talents are noted for building strong relationships that hold a team together and make it greater than the sum of its parts. We also discovered that the Community Homeworks’ team has an abundance of the Connectedness Strength. According to the Gallup Strengths Website: “People exceptionally talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links among all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has meaning. If we are all part of a larger picture, then we must not harm others because we will be harming ourselves. We must not exploit because we will be exploiting ourselves. Your awareness of these responsibilities creates your value system. People with this theme are considerate, caring, and accepting.”
“Community Homeworks plans to make Gallup CliftonStrengths a core tenet of our organizational culture, said Chris Praedel (Executive Director). This recent work is the first step in a journey to integrate this professional development into our everyday work and relationships. We plan to invite Ken back a couple times in 2022 to continue on this path of investing in our people.”
To learn more about our facilitator, Ken Barr Jr., check out his bio here.
To take the CliftonStrengths assessment or learn more, click the link here.