Focus Your Priorities On Your Strengths

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  • Brief Bio
  • Presentation is based on these sources.
  • Conference Board survey conducted in 2009 and published 1/2010
  • Trend show greater job dissatisfaction on all levels over last two decades
  • High level reasons for disatisfaction
  • Business impact of dissatisfaction in the workplace
  • The reason for reflecting on your past roles and behaviors in those roles is that they are predictors of future performance/success.
  • What things about your previous positions did you enjoy? What were things you were happy to avoid? What did you dislike about previous positions? What did you miss?
  • When preparing for an interview reflected on your background and experiences. What are the situations, tasks, actions and results that you have achieved. How would they apply or relate to the position you are interested in?
  • Four levels of learning and their relationship to talents and strengths. This is an on-going process and is repeated each time we discover and consciously decide to develop that talent.
  • These are the actions items that you can take to focus your priorities on your strengths.
  • Focus Your Priorities On Your Strengths

    1. 1. David Scurlock Learning and Organizational Development Leader
    2. 2. <ul><li>Working knowledge and experience in the design, development and implementation of learning solutions. </li></ul><ul><li>Experience providing strategic alignment and direction supported with execution. </li></ul><ul><li>Experience managing, motivating teams. </li></ul><ul><li>Pragmatic understanding and experience within business environments. </li></ul><ul><li>Visionary; Passionate; Servant Leader </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Conference Board Research Group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2009 employee survey </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Franklin Covey </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus: Achieving Your Highest Priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Development Dimension International </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Behavior-based interviewing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Now Discover Your Strengths </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Job satisfaction falls to lowest levels in 22 years! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>61% satisfy in 1987 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>49% in 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>45% today </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Find work interesting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>70% in 1987 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>60% in 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>51% today </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Employee’s feel secure in their positions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>59% in 1987 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>47% in 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>43% today </li></ul></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li>Fewer workers consider job interesting </li></ul><ul><li>Incomes have not kept up with inflation </li></ul><ul><li>Health cost continue to increase as percentage of income </li></ul>
    7. 9. Not Urgent Urgent Important Not Important Deception Necessity Balance and Productivity Waste and Excess * From Franklin Covey “Focus Achieving Your Highest Priorities
    8. 10. Not Urgent Urgent Important Not Important * From Franklin Covey “Focus Achieving Your Highest Priorities Manage Focus Avoid Minimize <ul><li>Crises </li></ul><ul><li>Pressing problems </li></ul><ul><li>Dead-line driven </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship building </li></ul><ul><li>Re-creation </li></ul><ul><li>Values Clarification </li></ul><ul><li>Needless Interruptions </li></ul><ul><li>Unimportant meetings, calls, </li></ul><ul><li>e-mails </li></ul><ul><li>Other people’s minor issues </li></ul><ul><li>Trivia, busywork </li></ul><ul><li>Time wasters </li></ul><ul><li>Escape activities </li></ul>
    9. 11. Not Urgent Urgent Important Not Important Deception Necessity Balance and Productivity Waste and Excess * From Franklin Covey “Focus Achieving Your Highest Priorities Manage Focus Avoid Minimize
    10. 12.   1. I spend much of my time on important activities that demand my immediate attention, such as crises, pressing problems, and deadline driven projects. 2. I feel I am constantly addressing issues that are important to others, but not to me. 3. I invest time regularly in relationship building and self-renewal. 4. I feel I am always “putting out fires” and working in a crisis mode. 5. I spend much of my time on activities that demand my immediate attention but have little relevance to my top priorities (e.g., needless interruptions, unimportant meetings, noncritical phone calls and e-mail). 6. I feel I am on top of things because of careful preparation and planning. 7. I spend much of my time on busywork, junk mail, excessive TV, Internet trivia, games, etc. 8. I feel I waste a lot of time.   9. Other people’s demands keep me from moving forward on critical goals and objectives. 10. I look forward and act on issues now, so they don’t become crises in the future. 11. I constantly feel “under the gun” to get important things done. 12. I rush around all day, but I do little that contributes to my organization’s most important priorities. 13. I am often required to come in at the last minute and help with key projects. 14. I spend my weekend in “recovery” from the workweek, with little time in meaningful activities. 15. I begin each week with a clear plan to achieve my highest priorities. 16. I often find that I have wasted several hours in front of the television or surfing the Internet. www.fcprofiles.com/focus
    11. 15. * Developmental Dimensions International Part of the Job Not part of the Job A. Annoying B. Motivating C. Happy to Avoid D. Things I Miss B + C = ____ A + D = ____
    12. 16. <ul><li>When Satisfied/Dissatisfied </li></ul><ul><li>What was Satisfying/Dissatisfying </li></ul>* Developmental Dimension International
    13. 17. <ul><li>S ituation </li></ul><ul><li>T ask </li></ul><ul><li>A ction </li></ul><ul><li>R esult </li></ul>
    14. 18. <ul><li>Marcus Buckingham & Donald Clifton </li></ul><ul><li>Gallup study of over 2 million people </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on your strength’s not weakness </li></ul><ul><li>“ At work do you have the opportunity to do what you do best”? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only 20% felt they did! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Longer with same organization and higher up traditional career ladder less likely to feel that way </li></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 19. <ul><li>Each person can learn to be competent in almost anything. </li></ul><ul><li>Each person’s greatest room for growth is in their areas of greatest weakness or opportunities. </li></ul>
    16. 20. <ul><li>“ It’s not that we don’t have enough strengths… we fail to use the ones we have.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Identify your strength’s and organize your life so that these strengths can be applied.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recurring patterns of behavior that can be developed into genuine and productive strengths </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t ignore weakness just don’t spend a lot of time fixing them! </li></ul>Taken from: Now Discover Your Strengths, Buckingham & Clifton
    17. 21. <ul><li>Talents- naturally recurring patterns of thoughts, feelings or behaviors that can be applied productively. </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge- facts and lessons learned, experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills- steps of an activity. Provides structure to experience and knowledge. </li></ul>
    18. 22. Can be acquired or learned steps experience Naturally recurring
    19. 23. <ul><li>Spontaneous reactions, top-of-mind reactions to situations you encounter. </li></ul><ul><li>Yearning, rapid learning, satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>Motivational Fit </li></ul>
    20. 24. Strengths reside in this area Don’t know we don’t know Know we don’t know Do it naturally Apply knowledge and skills Awareness Developed Talents “ Hidden” Talents
    21. 25. <ul><li>Live “above the line” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Important (urgent and not urgent) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess where you are today </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.fcprofiles.com/focus </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>What is your “Motivational Fit”? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What part of previous jobs/roles did you find motivating? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What previous jobs/roles did you find annoying? </li></ul></ul>
    22. 26. <ul><li>What are your “STARS” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about your achievements and successes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Write down and become comfortable with communicating : </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Situations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Task </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Action </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Identify your talents, then gather knowledge and develop skills that result in creating and enhancing your strengths. </li></ul>
    23. 27. David Scurlock

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