Sunday, March 06, 2016

Discovering Personal Strengths for Productivity and Profitability

If someone asks you if you are making the right choices every day, would you be able to say YES and be 100% confident about it? Why or why not? Can you also say that you are able to maximize your talents in achieving your goals?

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In a blogcon recently held at Kuppa Roastery and Cafe in BGC, coach Ryan Salvanera of StrengthsCoach.Ph defined talent as a naturally recurring pattern of thoughts, feelings, or behavior that can be productively applied. He also shared with us that: Talent x Investment = Strength.  

To better illustrate the equation, Ryan showed us a photo of himself playing basketball and admitted that his talent in the sport is only a 2 while Michael Jordan registers as a 10. So, even if he invests the same amount of time playing the game, his 2 x 10 = 20 will never be good enough for Jordan's 10 x 10 = 100. 

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This is why it is very important for all of us to pinpoint in what areas we are really talented in so that we can learn where best to invest our time to maximize our strengths. "Time is finite, we should learn to use our strengths in the right way," reminded Alex Wollboldt, another StrengthsCoach. However, "there is a flip side to each strength [so] it's important you know it and regulate to have the right balance."

Ryan and Alex W., along with colleagues Andrea Goseco and Alex Araneta, form the pioneer team of Gallup Certified Strengths Coaches in the Philippines. Gallup is a world-renowned organization focused on employee engagement and productivity. In 2001, it introduced to the world the original Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment created by Dr. Donald O. Clifton (1924-2003), former Gallup chairman who was named the Father of Strengths-Based Psychology by the American Psychological Association.

Since then, more than 13 million people have realized the benefit of leading with their strengths including employees and executives of well-known companies such as Google, Facebook, Standard Chartered Bank, and Ritz-Carlton, among others.

It is very interesting to note something written in Forbes Magazine about Gallup: "Facebook uses StrengthsFinder in a clever way to deploy talent efficiently. Regardless of the job openings they have available, Facebook simply hires the smartest people it can find, then uses StrengthsFinder results to understand their talents and create a job tailored to the candidate." - from How to Hire Like Google and Facebook: Evaluating Candidates Beyond Their Technical Ability 

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In a nutshell, Gallup focuses on building strengths instead of trying to fix weaknesses. Based on research of thousands of executives worldwide, the company has found the following to be consistent among all organizations:
  • People who focus on their strengths everyday are 7.8% more productive
  • Teams who receive their strengths feedback have 8.9% greater profitability
  • People who focus on their strengths are 3x more likely to have a better quality of life and are 6x more likely to be engaged in their jobs
  • When leaders focus on their peoples' strengths, these employees are 8x more likely to be engaged in what they do
  • There is a significant decrease in employee turnover

Thus, for leaders looking for solutions to problems such as a stressful workplace, increasing employee turnover, and decreased productivity, StrengthsCoach.Ph offers strengths-based development programs proven to increase profitability by 22% and productivity by 21%.

(from left) Alex A, Andrea, Ryan, and Alex W.
StrengthsCoach.Ph has a variety of offerings for company leaders and their employees. Know more about them at or email Their office is located at Unit 602 TCI Tower, West Capitol Drive cor. Stella Maris, Kapitolyo, Pasig. Tel. +63.918.945.3778.  

To learn your top five strengths among the 34 identified themes, visit to take the Clifton StrenghtsFinder assessment for a fee. Give yourself 45 minutes of uninterrupted time to complete it. After which, you may be able to view your results and have the option to consult the StrenghtsCoaches or get instructions from Gallup's Help page.

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