Written by Kacie Weber, Former Talent Recruiter and Gallup-certified CliftonStrengths Coach
“What will happen when we think about what is right with people rather than fixating on what is wrong with them.” – Donald O. Clifton, the Inventor of CLIFTONSTRENGTHS
As Mid-westerners, talking about ourselves is tough. We don’t like to brag about the things we are good at and struggle to find words to describe our strengths in a positive way. At CoreLink, our people are no different. CEO Joni Wheeler knew we had to do something about that! How could we not share with the world the value we all bring to our organization?
Our introduction to CliftonStrengths started with an All-Leadership off-site event. Certified Strengths Coaches Mitch Johnson and Kacie Weber dedicated 4 hours to introducing Gallup’s CliftonStrengths to Managers, Directors and up and coming leaders in the organization. This day was filled with lots of personal reflection, a-ha moments and laughs.
From there, an all-company introduction was underway! Every member of Team CoreLink took the assessment to receive their CliftonStrengths Top 5 Strengths. In a two-hour session, we spent time helping each person discover their strengths through activities and sharing. Love, Crazy, Envy was a fan favorite.
One quote from our feedback survey stands out: “I love how the room was packed full, yet the course itself was such that it felt specific to the individual. The material was relatable and something that can be taken with us, to help so on our journey to perhaps hone in on what it is we should be looking for in our next role.”
As for what’s next, Learning and Development is working on team coaching sessions for Q2. The goal will be to help teams discover their unique skill sets and help them appreciate the value their teammates bring. They will explore ways to leverage their unique talents to achieve their goals. Well-rounded individuals do not exist. But well-rounded teams succeed together!
CoreLink’s investment in people has no limits. Our goal was to create a common language and a safe space for our people to talk about what makes them great.
Continue scrolling to read how CoreLink’s investment shaped Weber’s career, what CliftonStrengths now looks like at CoreLink, and how you can include CliftonStrengths in your organization.
WHAT ARE CLIFTONSTRENGTHS?
First published in 2001, CliftonStrengths is an online personal assessment test that sets out to determine a user’s strengths. Developed by Donald O. Clifton and refined with the help of Marcus Buckingham in Now, Discover Your Strengths, CliftonStrengths comprises 34 strengths and their correlating domains. The domains (Strategic Thinking, Executing, Influencing, and Relationship Building) “describe how people and teams use their talents to work with information, make things happen, influence others and build relationships,” according to the CliftonStrengths website.
HOW DO YOU ABSORB, THINK ABOUT AND ANALYZE INFORMATION AND SITUATIONS?
HOW DO YOU MAKE THINGS HAPPEN?
HOW DO YOU INFLUENCE OTHERS?
HOW DO YOU BUILD AND NURTURE STRONG RELATIONSHIPS?
HOW DO CORELINK’S TOP FIVE WORK TOGETHER?
While each, individual person’s strengths are unique to them, understanding each strength is key to elevating a team’s collaboration. For CoreLink’s rollout of the CliftonStrengths program, almost every one of the 34 strengths showed up in some capacity in users’ Top Five strengths. CoreLink is a company full of a vast array of talents and skills, which makes the plethora of different strengths no surprise.
The average Top Five, though, speaks to the ingenuity to the Team CoreLink. Here’s a breakdown of the company’s Top Five:
Achiever: These people work hard and possess a great deal of stamina. They take immense satisfaction in being busy and productive.
Harmony: These people look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.
Adaptability: These people prefer to go with the flow. They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.
Responsibility: These people take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.
Deliberative: These people are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate obstacles.
Of the Top Five strengths, three are part of the Executing domain (which answers the question, “How do you make things happen?”) and the other two are part of the Relationship Building domain (which answers the question, “How do you build and nurture strong relationships?”). Even before CoreLink’s current journey, the crux of Team CoreLink was devoted to an idea of leading from any seat. That mindset has undoubtedly afforded the company the opportunity to utilize a team of people devoted to working together for the end goal.
To read more about the 35 CliftonStrengths, click here.
In preparation of rolling out the CliftonStrengths program to all of its employees, CoreLink invested in training for Learning & Development Manager Mitch Johnson and Talent Recruiter Kacie Weber. In November 2018, both Johnson and Weber attended the Accelerated Strengths Coaching course in Minneapolis. The week-long training laid the groundwork for the pair to receive their respective strengths coach certification.
Despite being a closing company, CoreLink’s leadership found CliftonStrengths to be an imperative piece of its journey. As launches occurred and teams changed or got smaller, each person would need a clear and easy way to know how their role looked in the greater scheme of collaboration. Reinforcing employees’ understanding of their purpose, skill sets, and abilities was another major factor in investing the time and funds for such a large scope of training.
Johnson and Weber officially rolled out CliftonStrengths to the organization in early 2019 to great success.
Since that rollout, Weber has moved on to her next chapter. Being able to include her certification as part of her professional development story was a crucial piece in finding her next career move. Johnson is looking at ways to include the certification as he continues mapping out his future post-CoreLink story.
And, the training hasn’t stopped there. Learning & Development’s Collaboration Specialist, Allie Morth, spent time in June 2019 attending the two-day Successful Strengths Coaching Program for CliftonStrengths at Gallup’s headquarters in Omaha, NE. In the late summer and early fall, Morth will work with Johnson on the next piece of CoreLink’s CliftonStrengths story. A follow-up team building exercise is being created, along with a schedule of dedicated one-on-one opportunities.
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