“After our Strengths Strategy training, we had the best year financially we’ve ever had! We increased our profit substancially and increased our team’s ability to work together and to see the big picture of our how our strengths come together to really make a difference.” (Mike Shereck, First United Bank)
“The principles taught in these classes are core elements to effective organizations and personal effectiveness. With the challenges in a growing organization like ours, plus the hustle and bustle of every day work life, it is imperative to equip our associates with concepts and tools that are impactful and long term… Motivated employees left the training inspired to implement the concepts they learned. Comments like ‘life changing,’ ‘highly motivational,’ ‘empowering,’ ‘you have opened my eyes,’ are tributes to time and money well spent. We are witnessing improved communication and positive changes because of this training.” (Bobbie Akerlund-Kotas, MeritCare)
“Since the Team Strengths Discovery experience, I can really see the difference in how I relate, understand, and feel patient with others. I am more mindful that everyone does not share my strengths and see things the same way I do, and am more understanding of others’ perspectives. My collaboration with others has increased, as has my willingness to ask for help when needed. I can feel our team working together differently as I have changed the way I approach them.” (Julie Pahlen, Director of Home Care, Hospice and Public Health, LifeCare Medical).
“The experience of learning to work from my strengths has really changed my approach to my day to day activities at work. When I first took the pre-work assessment I rated myself as spending 30% of day doing activities that energized me. Today, I would say that I spend about 60-70% of my day on activities that play to my strengths! Also, this pattern has emerged in our entire work group. Delegating work, and assigning team members to tasks based on their strengths, has taken hold in our group. It’s like our team speaks a new language and there is a new undercurrent of us all appreciating what each person brings to the table– as a group we are always looking for ways to maximize the gifts each member has to share” (Carolyn Garcia, Indian Health Services).
“Since completing our Team Strengths Discovery experience, I have found that we are coming more often to each other with questions, comments, and ways to help each other. It is truly team-oriented now! We look at the strengths of our team and have developed a closeness and bond of trust that never existed before.” (Linda Yourczek, Public Health Division Director, Beltrami County).
“For the past few months, I have been watching as you have coached by husband. I cannot believe the difference it is making! He is a different man these days. He has shifted from victim thinking to “take charge” action. He has always been workaholic, but now his work is more purposeful and he seems to be feeling lighter as he works. There is a solidness that wasn’t there before. He has been so much more trustworthy in every way, as he is landing with confidence in his strengths. The change is HUGE! Thank you for showing up, and being the very One that you are.” (Wife of client)
“Since our Strengths Strategy experience, I have seen a huge change! I have one team that is producing 20% better… they are getting work done in half the time and producing excellent results!” (Kate Buchta, Quality Management Director, PHP)
“The only way to describe this experience is ‘life altering!’ This provided a deep look at myself and has helped me to be aware that I don’t have to be everything, but I do need to lean into others around me and intentionally look to create complimentary partnerships where we share our strengths to be the very best.” (Michelle Foster, Claims Director, Abrazo Health Care).
“Our Strengths Strategy training and coaching experiences increased our team’s functioning by over 90% over the past year! We are communicating better, understanding each other better, and are functioning like a real team thanks to the growth we have achieved together in understanding and applying our strengths.” (Grant Lindell–First United Bank Michigan)
“Strengths Strategy Discovery is unlike any other experience I’ve had in the classroom! It was fun, but we learned so much and it left me thinking deeply about how to engage differently with others through strengths. It has definitely improved communication dramatically for our leadership team, as well as creating deepened understanding and transparency. And when we added coaching, it just got better—that one-on-one time was my favorite part!” (Wendy Coyle, Human Resource Director, Phoenix Health Plan)
“Team Strengths Discovery has absolutely shifted our conversation to a new level of understanding! We are leveraging and harnessing the energy around strengths and are moving forward in new ways toward really functioning as a high performing team.” (Mary Marchel, Health and Human Services Director, Beltrami County)
“My Strengths Strategy coaching experience was excellent! I finally really understand how my strengths work within my life, and how they impact the way I behave. Everyone should have this chance!” (Myrna Chaydez, Director of Sales and Marketing, Abrazo Health Care)
“Strengths Strategy Discovery was both energizing and eye opening. It left me really understanding how I function, as well as feeling increased clarity about how my team members operate as well. It has led to unprecedented growth in our leadership team, as we have applied what we learned together. We are really using our strengths to deliver results!” (Liz Liska, Director, Phoenix Health Plan).
“Since my Strengths Strategy experience, I am more aware of what my strengths are as well as that of my coworkers. I have felt my confidence grow significantly as a result of that awareness, and this has led to a deepened sense of continuity within myself and enhanced teamwork with our group. It has really helped me to understand our team and where I fit.” (Carletta Rhen-Mlodzik, Director, Food and Materials, LifeCare Medical)
“This retreat was different from any I had seen before! Everyone was engaged the whole day, each concept learned built upon the previous information, we were able to discuss and digest as we went, and it was flat out fun! The Discovery Leader’s passion was contagious, and she backed it with solid research. But the real proof of its effectiveness was in what happened when everyone got back to the office and the glow wore off. Almost immediately, staff put up their strength pictures for others to see. We began using new words to describe what we know in our hearts we do well AND we experienced new-found permission to express it. I have seen staff find more specific ways to praise and encourage each other that rings true for the giver and receiver. Teams have met to discuss job duties and how to help people work in the area where their energy and performance are the highest. Co-workers are discussing what strengths they bring to the world…what a great gift to our office! Thanks again! (Martha Roth, Program Assistant & Trainer, Resource Training & Solutions).
“You have, and are, really making a difference for our entire team. The level of conversation, and the integration of principles, strengths, and mission on our team is indeed impressive! On a personal level, I feel like I’ve grown so much due to your leadership.” (Cliff Tweedale, Executive Director, HRDC)
“This program, and the coaching that accompanied it, is infused with a contagious passion and enthusiasm. I can’t say enough about its power to deliver the gift of strengths to help myself and my staff to develop our potential—personally and as a team. I, and my staff, are energized and ready to get to work as a team, thanks to this experience “ (Diana Kuklinski—U.S. Department of Environmental Health Services).
“Strengths Strategy Discovery has left me more true to myself than I have ever been. I find myself honoring myself and others more, giving others the opportunity to accomplish and shine in their strengths. It has given me more confidence to rely on others, and to be more aware of how my strengths can impact others in ways that have left me, and others, feeling more appreciated and valued” (Debra Steiganf, Finance Division Director, Beltrami County).
“Strengths Strategy Discovery was a high energy, enlightening day, filled with experiential learning and self discovery. I left feeling much more confident in my own strengths, as well as my areas of non-strength–it is okay to not be strong everywhere! I also left recognizing how important it is to hold the balance on how much I use my strengths, so that I don’t over-use them and create problems. I have more respect for myself and for others as a result of the learning and am more able to work effectively with them and understand their perspective.” (Milly Prachar, Senior Leader, LifeCare Medical).