10 Ways to keep CliftonStrengths Alive after a Team Workshop

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Congratulations on completing your team’s first CliftonStrengths ® workshop! It’s an exciting milestone for teams eager to unlock their full potential. But you might be wondering, “What’s next?” How do you keep momentum and integrate these insights into everyday work? Here are 10 strategies from Marina Mamshina to keep your team growing and leveraging its strengths long after the workshop.

1. Continue the Strengths Conversations

Build on the enthusiasm and carry on the strengths conversations, don’t let the dialogue end with the team workshop. Schedule regular team meetings to discuss how you apply your strengths and overcome challenges. Use this time as a platform for team members to share successes and brainstorm on applying strengths to future projects. For example, someone with high Learner® can share how they leveraged their strengths to quickly master new software, enhancing project efficiency, while someone with high Harmony® can share how they resolved a conflict, ensuring everyone is working in the same direction. 

2. Empower each person to Lead with their Strengths

Maximize your team’s potential by aligning tasks with individual strengths. When planning projects, consider who naturally excels in specific areas and delegate accordingly. For example, assign someone with high Strategic® to lead project planning, capitalizing on their natural ability to find the best route forward. A team member with a high Maximizer® can help optimize processes, making good systems great through their focus on quality and excellence. By putting strengths into action, you create a work environment where each member can perform optimally and feel more fulfilled in their contributions.

3. Look for Strengths at Play – Strengths Spotting

Cultivate a habit of recognizing and pointing out when team members use their strengths effectively. For example, praise a team member with Empathy® for their exceptional handling of client concerns. By actively spotting strengths in action, you acknowledge individual contributions, strengthen the team’s dynamics, and foster a positive and supportive work environment.

4. Create Strengths-Based Goals

Encourage each team member to identify how their unique strengths can contribute to collective goals. This alignment will empower everyone to contribute in ways that are most natural and effective for them. For example, encourage a team member with high Achiever® to set challenging yet attainable productivity targets, leveraging their natural drive and stamina to reach goals. Doing so creates a strategic framework for harnessing individual capabilities to meet team goals, fostering a sense of ownership and collaboration.

5. Review and Refine Strengths in Action

Encourage team members to reflect on the application of their strengths in their day-to-day work and where they could have used them more effectively. For example, a person with high Analytical® can review their problem-solving approach, refining their skill for future tasks. This practice is a powerful tool for continuous improvement, enabling individuals to become more self-aware and intentionally fine-tune their unique talents.

6. Develop Team Strengths with Peer Coaching and Mentoring

Following the team workshop, promote opportunities for mutual learning and growth. Create a supportive environment where team members can mentor each other based on their strengths. For example, a team member with strong Communication® can guide others in presenting ideas clearly and effectively. Such interactions will encourage development and mutual understanding, strengthen team bonds, and create a more cohesive and dynamic group.

7. Celebrate Milestones and Strengths Successes

Make it a habit to acknowledge and celebrate both small and big wins where strengths have played a key role. This could be a project where a team member’s Restorative™ strength led to successfully resolving a critical challenge, highlighting their role in problem-solving and effectively turning a difficult situation around. Whether it’s a successfully completed project, an innovative solution, or even a well-managed challenge, recognizing these wins boosts morale and motivation and fosters a positive, strengths-focused culture.

8. Integrate Strengths into Performance Reviews

Make strengths a key component of performance evaluations. Discuss how a team member’s Futuristic® contributes to visionary planning and long-term goal setting or how someone’s Arranger® optimized project management and team coordination. This approach shifts the focus from just assessing what has been done to understanding how it’s been done using inherent talents. Highlighting strengths in performance reviews provides valuable feedback and guides team members in leveraging their strengths more effectively for future team objectives.

9. Support a Strengths-Based Culture

Embed the strengths language and mindset into your team’s culture. Encourage open discussion about strengths, how they manifest in day-to-day work, and how they can be further developed and leveraged. This approach involves integrating the concept of strengths into all aspects of team interaction, decision-making, and problem-solving. You create a more engaged, effective, and collaborative team environment by fostering a culture that continuously recognizes and builds on each member’s unique strengths.

10. Revisit and Refresh the Team Workshop

Regularly revisit the insights from the team workshop to keep the strengths-based approach alive. Consider follow-up workshops to deepen the understanding and application of strengths. These sessions can serve as opportunities to explore new developments, address new challenges, and reinforce the strengths-based mindset. This ongoing commitment helps solidify the learnings and ensures that the strengths approach becomes an integral part of your team’s continuous development journey.

In Summary

Your first CliftonStrengths® workshop is just the beginning. Implementing these strategies will maintain the momentum and build a more dynamic, engaged, and strengths-driven team. Keep the conversation going, celebrate your strengths, and watch how they transform your work environment and drive success.

Further Reading

How to Create Great Training Course Materials
How to create a meaningful workshop evaluation survey
Create Productive Habits with The Strengths Journal
How to take the CliftonStrengths / StrengthsFinder Assessment

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