ENGAGE, COLLABORATE, AND INNOVATE TO
DRIVE STUDENT SUCCESS
THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF STRENGTHS
What would it mean if high levels of engagement and collaboration were the norm across campus? What would be the impact for your students, and our institutions, when they used all of their expertise and energy to support each other in driving creativity and innovation? At Strengths Strategy, we recognize the critical role that faculty and staff play in student success, and we know that the higher education institutions that best support students’ success are the ones whose staff and faculty are the most engaged and inspired, and see how their contributions truly make a difference.
Strengths Strategy’s individual and team learning experiences and Coach Certification Program offer world-class training opportunities designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to create a healthy, engaged institution. How do we do it? Faculty and staff experience a deep dive into the application of strengths, and develop a focus on strengths that will increase engagement, collaboration, and innovation, ultimately benefitting students. Inspire a lasting culture shift that supports student success – through the application of strengths.
THE VALUE OF STRENGTHS APPLIED IN HIGHER EDUCATION
When people understand their strengths and the unique contributions they bring, they contribute their strengths more confidently, making them more effective. People begin to see through a strengths lens, and they appreciate and value the strengths of others. In the context of higher education, we see this ultimately result in greater collaboration between faculty and staff, and the generation of new, innovative ideas designed to help students succeed.
Moreover, when staff and faculty understand the power of strengths – their own and others’ – they create a campus environment and culture where students are encouraged to discover, develop, and apply their own strengths. When students know their strengths, research shows that they have higher levels of self efficacy and hope, and that student’ engagement increases, ultimately supporting greater success – both academically and personally. The engaged learner, leveraging strengths insights, can become a more successful student, a better contributor, and a better leader.
HOW CAN STRENGTHS STRATEGY HELP?
Solutions for Institutions
Strengths Strategy provides strengths-based individual coaching and team development experiences designed to address your areas of challenge and need. Our consultants serve as trusted experts, delivering learning experiences that create measurable results across engagement, teamwork, trust, energy, and performance. We help you and your teams get clarity around your strengths, to understand what drives your success – individually and collectively – so that your faculty and staff naturally become more engaged, and intrinsically find meaning, purpose and value in their work.
Strengths Strategy is committed to creating a lasting culture change. We also know that it takes time to co-create a new history and to inspire a culture shift. Our journey together begins with Strengths Strategy providing the learning opportunities, and one-on-one coaching for your organization’s leaders or teams, gradually transferring to your organization, as your faculty and staff’s knowledge and skills increase over time.
THE VALUE OF AN INTERNAL COACH
Organizations are rapidly investing in training internal coaches as they see the remarkable value and return on investment in empowering their own people to serve as coaches for their people. Strengths Strategy offers a coach training program accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) that introduces your team members to the tools and skills that comprise our approach. A Strengths Strategy-trained internal coach enables your organization to:
- Develop skills to create sustainable change in your organization. Maintain the change without the help of external consultants.
- Enhance coach-like leadership capability within your institution. Increase your faculty and staff’s capacity for self-leadership in a way that dramatically increases team functioning.
- Train strengths-focused leaders. Learn how to connect strengths to day-to-day work activities, and how to empower employees to take responsibility for their own engagement experience.
Coach Certification Program
Based on 25 years of global research, Strengths Strategy’s Coach Certification Program offers world-class training for coaches: new or experienced.
The members of our community of graduate coaches are considered exceptional in their craft – effecting measurable, sustainable, long-term performance change for individuals and teams and serving as trusted experts who deliver thought leadership to organizations. Our coaches experience a total immersion into the strategic application of strengths, and achieve mastery of the most solid, deep, and engaging material offered by any coach certification program – and our coaches are simply more effective as a result.
Strengths Strategy’s approach leads to statistically significant results:
» 36.4% increase in performance
» 43% increase in productivity
» 83% more likely to be part of a high performing team
» 6 times higher engagement at work
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There’s a big difference between simply knowing what your strengths are, and knowing how to use them to get the results you want. The key is in a deeper awareness of your strengths – discovering and understanding how your strengths uniquely create high energy and outstanding performance for you. Once you have a deep knowing of how your strengths play out in your activities and in relationships, you can then contribute your strengths more fully to your activities, and in support of your personal and professional relationships.
A Strengths Strategy coaching session will give you a greater awareness of your strengths and introduce you to new, powerful skills designed to:
- learn more about the unique contributions and needs of your strengths
- increase your energy, performance and engagement by expanding the use of strengths in your activities
- see how to strategically apply your strengths to develop strengths-based leadership skills
- be empowered to build relationships using the focus of strengths, and bring this to your colleagues and students
Don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for a free 20 minute or 50 minute session. Visit us in the San Lorenzo Room (3rd floor), or at the Strengths Strategy booth in the Grand Ballroom Foyer during the conference on March 22-24, 2016. For any questions in advance of the conference, contact us.
Experience a deep dive into the application of strengths, and develop strengths-based leadership skills that empower you to live from a place of strengths-focus that you will bring to your students. We look forward to connecting with you.
Supporting student success through the application of strengths
We know that student outcomes improve dramatically when students understand and apply their strengths. Research shows that when students know their strengths, they have higher levels of self efficacy and hope, and that student engagement increases, ultimately supporting greater success (Lane, 2016; Lopez, 2016; Lopez & Louis, 2009). The engaged learner, leveraging strengths insights, can become a more successful student, a better contributor, and a better leader.
The value of strengths awareness for students
At Strengths Strategy, we recognize the power of the intentional use of strengths, and we provide world-class learning experiences designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and tools students need to effectively apply their strengths. How do we do it? We provide students immersion into the “how” and “why” of strengths, helping students to develop a focus on strengths that is positive, meaningful, and practical. With a deeper awareness of how their strengths play out in their activities and in relationships, learners can then contribute their strengths more fully – resulting in increased performance and engagement, and better relationships. We see the results of a strengths-focus reflected across many aspects of student development, including the way students:
- develop leadership skills and leadership style
- contribute – to classes, groups and teams, campus, and the community
- succeed – academically, and in pursuit of internship and job opportunities
- build relationships with peers, faculty and staff, employers, friends and family
When students know their strengths and feel confident about them, they feel a greater sense of purpose as they see how their strengths create a meaningful difference. A certain maturity and sense of responsibility develop when students feel more confident and empowered to own their engagement in their academic, work and personal lives.
Strengths Strategy’s programs for students
Strengths Strategy, the leading strengths application organization in the world, offers a broad spectrum of learning opportunities and training programs designed specifically to help students gain greater awareness of their strengths. Our programs introduce students to new, powerful skills designed to:
- understand the unique contributions and needs of their strengths
- see how to strategically apply their strengths to increase their energy and performance
- develop strengths-based leadership skills
- employ strengths in the mitigation of weakness
- be empowered to build interdependent relationships using the focus of strengths
These strengths-based learning opportunities include:
- self-directed online learning modules
- one-on-one coaching sessions
- online resources, assessments and tools
- small group discussions – face-to-face and/or online
- large group, in-person, experiential learning sessions
- support from faculty and staff who become strengths coaches certified by Strengths Strategy
“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with DeAnna Murphy and Strengths Strategy for several years when I was the president of Northland Community and Technical College in Minnesota. Leveraging Strengths Strategy’s unique approach to strengths application, we directly collaborated on the college’s strategic planning process in which more than 350 stakeholders participated through an Appreciative Inquiry process. Strengths Strategy also worked closely with a major division of the college in an exploration of strengths for individuals and for teams. That work transformed the collaborative abilities of the division and initiated great personal and professional growth among the team members.
Since retirement, I participated in the Strengths Strategy Coaching Certification program, joining cohort of fascinating people from across the globe – all committed to energizing growth. This 30-week program is unlike any professional development opportunity I have experienced.
The Strengths Strategy Coach Certification experience has been life-changing for me. I have transitioned from a position where I ultimately had to make many decisions to one where I have the skills and understanding to coax others to uncover and explore all their potential and to understand the contributions they can make in the world through mature strengths intelligence. I would recommend that other presidents consider bringing the Strengths Strategy approach into their colleges and to consider the SSCC experience for themselves or for others within their institutions who might develop into internal coaches.”
Anne Temte/ President Emerita Northland Community and Technical College Minnesota
“No one could have prepared me for what I gained from attending a workshop given by DeAnna Murphy and Strengths Strategy at BYU-Idaho last year. Last April I attended a Strength Strategy Discovery Day workshop that was offered to the employees of BYUI. The day flew by because I soaked up the information like a sponge. DeAnna was engaging and kept us learning as a group and individually. Each concept was eye opening to me. We were in a group of many different administrators, faculty, and staff across campus and that day I learned some things about my colleagues that has changed our working relationship. At the end of the day I was excited and left wanting more, not that I was not satisfied, but because I knew I had only had a taste of what I could learn. This led me to Strengths Strategy’s Coach Certification program to become a coach.
Being a part of Strengths Strategy’s Coach Certification program has been life changing. I have learned more about myself and others, and I am applying what I am learning across many of my activities – especially as I work with my student leaders. The one-on-ones that I hold with my students are now rich and engaging. I am learning how each student is unique and how I can help each learn based on his or her strengths. I would love if every student on this campus was given the opportunity to strengths-based learning experiences or better yet – a semester-long class in strengths.”
Euleza Hymas/ Activities, Advisor Social BYU - Idaho
“As an administrator in higher education, working directly with MBA students, what I am gaining through Strengths Strategy’s Coach Certification program has been very impactful. My experience has been very positive, engaging and collaborative. Within the past 11 weeks, I have engaged with fellow program participants in Ireland, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, England, and the United States. This global exposure has helped me recognize the universality of Strengths, that Strengths – how we use them, and even sometimes overuse them, applies across countries, cultures, ethnicities and even generations.
Strengths Strategy’s Coach Certification program delivers learning and crosswork across many platforms – including videos, practicums, readings, and other supplied materials. Within the curriculum is a mountain of knowledge, data, and experience that is shared, and to be experienced.
As I have called upon this new knowledge, I have taken a more thoughtful approach, been more purposeful and the result has been a more a meaningful engagement in the coaching aspect of my job.”
Shawna W. Gygi/ Asst. Director MBA Career Management Brigham Young University Marriott School
“I’ve always been a leader committed to creating a place where people were hopeful and non-judgmental of each other. I am thrilled by the warm reception that our students and employees have given to this powerful personal and professional development tool, also referred to as the StrengthsFinder. Taking the assessment is only the beginning…integrating it into our lives as people is the most important part of creating a new life, a new world, a new way to see our fellow human beings as co-contributors to the best quality of life we can experience.”
Dr. Shari Olson/ President South Mountain Community College
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