September 18, 2012

Personal Values & Strengths

Successful organisations have identified that the most prominent gains in improvement for individual employees, teams and leaders begins with a primary investment in identifying and working with pre-existing talents and strengths.

It is also important to understand your values and why they matter to you and those closest to you.

Values assessments improve self-awareness and knowledge of what is most important to you. This knowledge can create a deeper level of self-acceptance. It helps to identify how you act, what motivations drive you and why you react to particular events or situations more than others or in certain ways. Values can and do change over time. Influences such as environment, parental influence, teachers/schooling, friendship groups, specific situations and many other contributing factors. Importantly, values are shaped through both negative and positive experiences.

Wordnetweb defines values as the, beliefs of a person or social group in which they have an emotional investment (either for or against something). Values exert major influence on the behavior of an individual and serve as broad guidelines in all situations (BusinessDictionary.com). 

Since becoming more aware of what values are and the place they hold in my life I have discovered a stronger sense of comfort that was missing previously. This higher level of self-awareness has powerful applications and can be obtained from our values assessments. Let me provide an example regarding the impact of values and the benefit of a deeper understanding of values.

A CoachStation Personal Values assessment will assist you to better understand yourself and your drivers.

In the past I would sometimes be driving home at the end of a day feeling frustrated, angry, disappointed or some other negative emotional response. I would often dwell on these emotions and the events that triggered my responses. A short time later, due to the ‘build-up’ of my emotions I would start to become angrier and more frustrated. This reflected my lack of ability to understand myself and why I couldn’t let the moment pass. Sometimes, this inability to simply ‘let it go’ became a bigger issue for me than the initial events that triggered my response in the first place.

CoachStation: Values Assessments & The Real-DealGaining a better understanding of personal values and my own responses has allowed me to recognise that in the vast majority of cases when I was most frustrated or disappointed, it was due to one or more of my core values being breached. Understanding my responses and the reasons why has provided a solid platform for me to move through those moments more readily. I still have negative responses or reactions. However, understanding my responses better has more effectively allowed me to manage my own emotions relative to the situation.

This is something that we would like to assist you with. Particularly if the story detailed above means something to you. CoachStation uses the Real Deal Values assessment tool developed by Peak Learning. We use this tool extensively in Coaching and Leadership Development. It is one of the most powerful processes to self-assess and gain a better understanding of your values.

Contact CoachStation today to book your personal values assessments session. Discover what you value most and how this may be impacting your work and home life.

Additionally, read our blogs relating to this powerful subject:

What Are Personal Values and Do They Matter?
Personal Values – One View

The key is to discover what traits and talents are most natural for each of us and then build upon these to make them strengths. The CoachStation Strengths Development Programs involve the identification of talents, improved self-awareness, leadership development and actions / changes in behaviour. CoachStation programs include:

  • Coaching 1:1: Strengths Assessment, leadership focus and individual 1:1 coaching review.
  • Team Development: 1/2  or 1-day detailed session consisting of individual Strengths assessment, facilitated discussion and team review.

The revolutionary insight common to great managers: people don’t change that much; don’t waste time trying to put in what was left out; try to draw out what was left in; this is hard enough.

M Buckingham & C Coffman

CoachStation has developed a series of programs using an online assessment. When completed, a summary report is provided describing areas to focus on and how to maximise each strength.

Our workshops are interactive and action-oriented, always looking to apply new learning and provide knowledge along themes that can become part of what participants do, not just what they know.

CoachStation Development: Strengths Domains

CoachStation will also provide a copy of the book Strengths-Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath for each participant. This is recognised as one of the primary resources on the subject of strengths-based development and a book that we highly recommend.

We have received some outstanding feedback from our Strengths Leadership and Development Workshops:

  • I came to the workshop thinking, “here we go again” as I find some of these banal and pointless. I was very mistaken as I learned as much about myself today as I have in a year or two of working.
  • Very engaging facilitator whose own experience in management/corporations is clearly evident.
  • Great eye-opener into where we should be spending our time and effort.
  • Very insightful to own self and team strengths dynamics. The program has clearly resulted in an actionable plan with a high level of commitment.
  • Great engagement and management of learning and pace. Everyone should know their strengths: a. I would like 1:1 coaching with Steve b. Steve is a great facilitator

Because your most powerful talents represent the best of your natural self, they are your best opportunities to perform at levels of excellence through strength.

Additionally, a team-based program consisting of a 1/2-day or 1-day facilitated session has been developed by CoachStation. This can be an incredible asset for teams as they develop individual awareness, relationships and deeper understanding of their peers. We have found that this type of program, when applied across an entire team, can offer many benefits, most prominently a greater acceptance of the differences that exist between people i.e. diversity becomes a benefit, not a hindrance.

How we operate as leaders impacts how we are perceived, our effectiveness, engagement and many other critical factors. Various leadership styles exist and the Strengths-Based learning and development concept is designed to recognise and accentuate the positive aspects of who you are.