1:47 pm 13 July 2018

Appeal to the right candidates!

2018-07-13T15:40:58+00:0013 July 2018|Categories: being in the right job, benefits of strengths-based recruitment, extraordinary people, how not to miss out on the best talent|

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Jane Powell, a renowned Chief Executive in the Charity Sector, was browsing jobs online. One advert stood out because it seemed to describe her. The organisation itself was not one that she would normally be drawn towards because her experience has been in other causes.

But because of that advert, she called them. She said it was appealing and indicated that they had really thought about what kind of person would thrive in that job. They interviewed her. She’s now in post.

The Chairman of the charity wrote this to us:

Thank you so much for your inspiring input into the person specification and wording of the job advertisement for the recruitment of our new Chief Executive. We have successfully filled the post due, in no small measure, to the strength-based approach that you advocate. The copy helped us stand out from the crowd and, what’s more important, was responsible for attracting candidates that were best suited to succeed, and thrive, in the job we want them to do.

Tim Fell
Chairman, British Stammering Association

That’s the beauty of knowing what kind of person you need for the role and describing them in a job advert so that they read it and say, ‘That sounds like me.’

Engaging Minds SBR Thought Leadership Paper

Our Thought Leadership Paper details the proven business benefits of the strengths approach to recruitment.

It quotes case studies from top companies like Starbucks, the AA, Saga and Standard Chartered Bank where strengths-based recruitment is transforming the bottom line by reducing costs and improving performance, leading to extraordinary results for business leaders.

Find out how strengths-based recruitment is transforming organisations’ performance and culture.

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Sally Bibb’s book Strengths-based Recruitment and Development: A Practical Guide to Transforming Talent Management Strategy for Business Results (the first on the subject) is published by Kogan Page.

Use discount code HRSBRW at the Kogan Page website. Or find the book on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

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3:17 pm 31 May 2018

Three reasons that the strengths approach makes managers’ and HR’s lives easier

2018-05-31T15:21:41+00:0031 May 2018|Categories: benefits of strengths-based recruitment, strengths-based performance management, strengths-based recruitment, strengths-based selection|

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Sometimes potential clients ask about the amount of time and effort it’s going to take to implement our strengths-based approach to recruitment and selection. Given that many of the organisations we work with are in the throes of big organisational changes, it’s understandable that they might be concerned about adding another ‘initiative’ to their workload. As it turns out, they realise they needn’t worry, for these three reasons:

  1. Managers embrace the strengths approach because it solves real problems they suffer every day, such as having to manage under-performance, trying to recruit the right people and being confident enough in their hiring decisions. They can rest assured that they are selecting the right people – all that anxiety about whether performance is good enough will be gone, and all that time managing people who are not in the right job will be saved.
  2. Employee’s experience of the approach is extremely positive and people quickly come onboard. They find it is a breath of fresh air and very ‘human’. This means it usually significantly advances the organisational change and makes people feel valued.
  3. It makes HR’s life easier because they are presiding over something successful and positive, from which the business experiences quantitative benefits, fast.

These three reasons alone explain why we work with organisations in all sorts of sectors including government, healthcare, professional services, travel, retail and social care. Great performance matters to them all, and their people are always their biggest competitive advantage.

A strengths approach is the way to both select the right people and quickly enjoy great performance from them. What’s not to like?

To learn more about the benefits of the Engaging Minds strengths approach download this free Thought Leadership Paper The innovation that is putting millions on the bottom line. Or get a copy of Sally Bibb’s book Strengths-Based Recruitment and Development – half ‘how-to’ and half interviews with senior stakeholders and managers from well-known organisations that have successfully implemented strengths-based recruitment and selection.

Engaging Minds SBR Thought Leadership Paper

Our Thought Leadership Paper details the proven business benefits of the strengths approach to recruitment.

It quotes case studies from top companies like Starbucks, the AA, Saga and Standard Chartered Bank where strengths-based recruitment is transforming the bottom line by reducing costs and improving performance, leading to extraordinary results for business leaders.

Find out how strengths-based recruitment is transforming organisations’ performance and culture.

Download our free Thought Leadership Paper
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Sally Bibb’s book Strengths-based Recruitment and Development: A Practical Guide to Transforming Talent Management Strategy for Business Results (the first on the subject) is published by Kogan Page.

Use discount code HRSBRW at the Kogan Page website. Or find the book on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

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5:30 pm 20 April 2018

The tale of a New York book party (The Strengths Book officially crosses the pond!)

2018-04-28T22:54:12+00:0020 April 2018|Categories: spreading word of the strengths revolution, The Strengths Book, writing a book|

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I was extremely nervous in the lead up to this event. Not just because the person interviewing me is one of the world’s top journalists and among his previous interviewees are Bill Clinton, Bono and Angelina Jolie!  What would he think of The Strengths Book? What questions would he ask? Indeed, would he even turn up? I was also rather anxious because a lot was riding on the event. This was my first USA launch. My publisher believes in the book and in me – their team wanted to make this party happen! So, I was feeling the pressure to make it great.

Matthew Bishop (said journalist, former Bureau Chief of The Economist and now MD of The Rockefeller Foundation) did turn up, and said the book was “very good”. He also asked excellent questions, not pre-planned ‘soft-ball’ ones but probing ones that called on me to prove that what I talk about in the book actually works in real life.

Matthew delighted the audience and made them laugh right away, quoting shocking statistics and, much to their delight, revealed some secrets about his former employer!

‘This is going to be lively,’ I thought.

Having complimented The Strengths Book in its style, content and accessibility he set the scene by quoting some alarming facts about the world of work; only 13% of people are happy at work, 50% are disengaged and 18% are actively trying to destroy the company. Hardly conditions in which people (to quote Warren Buffett) start ‘tap dancing to work’.

Matthew posed some provocative questions.

If something’s very enjoyable, can it really be work?

Why do people climb the ladder and end up doing work that is less and less interesting to earn more and more money?

Why don’t employers let people do more of what they’re good at instead of trying to make them into ‘jacks-of-all-trades’?

Commenting on people he’d met while researching his book Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World, he said a lot of people who had made a vast amount of money didn’t feel fulfilled.

Judging by our guests’ reactions, his observations and questions resonated with them. This was a room full of successful, reflective people, and the discussion got to the heart of important questions such as how we find fulfilling work, how we identify careers that are right for us and how organisations re-orientate to a strengths approach.

The guests that evening were a diverse mix of genders, ages, backgrounds and sectors, including legal, retail, consulting, media, engineering and telecoms, so it was great to hear different experiences.

I have long wondered whether North American organisations are more strengths-oriented in their mindset than UK or European ones. Judging by the questions and conversations it seems that organisations in both continents are at more similar stages of thinking than I had imagined.

Michelangelo said that every block of stone contains a statue and it’s the sculptor’s job to reveal it. To my mind, organisations and every leader in them are sculptors. Their job is to see people’s strengths and create the conditions for them to use those strengths to the max and thrive.

When I saw the engagement and interest in the room, my nervousness quickly turned into excitement about the connections made and what might result from such a wonderful evening.

I’m grateful to everyone who came to the party in New York and delighted to have met fellow strengths revolutionaries over the pond!

Images of the launch with thanks to Martin Gardner.
Thank you also to Marion Bernstein for shooting this video on her iPhone, it gives a great flavour of the evening’s discussion about strengths.

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4:06 pm 5 April 2018

Love it or leave it

2018-04-28T22:55:53+00:005 April 2018|Categories: being in the right job, being in the wrong job, strengths at work|

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One of my favourite restaurants closed down recently.

For many years the place was so special that people would go there every night when they were in town.

It was run by a husband and wife team. Then they retired and their daughter took over. The food was just as good, but the whole experience didn’t feel as welcoming or enjoyable anymore. The daughter is a really lovely person, but her heart wasn’t in running a restaurant, and it showed. She handed it on to her brother. Sadly, things didn’t improve, because he didn’t really want to run it either.

It goes to show that our motivations are our strengths. If we don’t want to do something, it’s never going to be great. And the gap, between someone whose heart is in their work and someone whose isn’t, is always going to be obvious to customers.

If you’re running a business, make sure you select people based on their strengths and motivations – it could mean the difference between success and failure.

I was recently interviewed about strengths and The Strengths Book, the book I wrote to help everyone discover and apply their strengths, values and motivators in their work and in life. Take a look.

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2:18 pm 23 March 2018

The greatest gift an organisation can give its people (and its customers)

2018-03-24T17:19:45+00:0023 March 2018|Categories: being in the right job, how to live the life you want, The Strengths Revolution, using your own strengths|

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I went to an event on International Women’s Day and one of the speakers moved me deeply. Listening to her story, I had tears in my eyes. I went up to her afterwards and told her I’d loved her talk.

‘It just came from the heart,’ she said.

The next day, I witnessed a conversation where one of the people asked the other, ‘What do you really care about?’

‘Justice,’ he replied, and started to choke up. I got goosebumps.

In the same week I attended a talk by Tara Westover. Tara is the author of Educated: a memoir, the #1 New York Times Bestseller that tells of her growing up with no education… “kept out of school, she leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University”. She talked about the mountain where she lived as a child and how much she had loved it. Then, one day her brother played her a piece of classical music. In that instant she realised that she wouldn’t be able to get everything she needed in her life from the mountain. Tara’s account of such a pivotal realisation for her, really touched me.

Moments like this, when we witness people speaking so honestly, do touch us. I think we intuitively recognise such authenticity and it makes for more meaningful connections between people.

My colleagues and I see this in our strengths work every day.

When someone is being true to themselves and leading the life that is right for them, it’s obvious. It might be that they are doing work they love, or studying a subject they are fascinated by, or creating a way of life that feels right. While they are doing this, their authenticity means that the people they connect with – including their colleagues, customers and clients – sense it and are more likely to respond with the same. Life becomes easier and happier for everyone concerned.

Knowing and playing to our strengths (including our values and our motivators) is one of the greatest things we can do for ourselves. It’s one of the best things any organisation can facilitate for its people. And, therefore, for its customers and clients, too.

I wrote two books (see below) about strengths to raise awareness and inspire more organisations and individuals to join The Strengths Revolution. Are you on board yet?

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