Podcast Episode 006: Identifying our strengths

TheStrengthsRevolution_albumart_2-2What do we mean by assessment?

As a concept it applies in ordinary lives not just in formailsed services.

Most assessment focuses on the problems and deficits, so we need to be prompted to give equal attention to what we are good at.

A strengths assessment will offer resources and confidence to underpin any call-to-action.

It helps us to articulate our priorities and exert some control over our own lives. Genuinely working with strengths still has barriers to overcome.

For the full content of this episode click the following links, or go to Stitcher Radio or Sound Cloud:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/strengths-revolution-steve/id867043694

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/006-identifying-our-strengths/id867043694?i=311906357&mt=2

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.” [Orison Swett Marden – American Author 1850-1924].

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Podcast episode 004: Talent within organisations

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A new skill involves the development of new brain synapses, but true talents and strengths are interwoven in the whole weave of the brain.

We need to focus more attention on what we can do, and less obsession with fixing weaknesses.

Focus on what you have control over.

It’s about systems as much as it is about people.

Talent needs encouragement and direction.

Being aware of weaknesses is a part of helping us to build on our strengths.

For the full episode of this post go to:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/strengths-revolution-steve/id867043694

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/004-talent-within-organisations/id867043694?i=305161323&mt=2

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller-skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forwards, backwards or sideways.” [H. Jackson Brown Jnr].

Podcast episode 003: Identifying our natural talents

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Our talents run deep, they are not just superficial positive comments.

We are not always encouraged to identify talents, so for many people they are unaware of them.

They can often be discovered by accident, when we are least expecting something to emerge.

We need to be open and personally reflective to recognise when a talent is at play.

For the full episode of this post go to:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/strengths-revolution-steve/id867043694

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/003-identifying-our-natural/id867043694?i=305161326&mt=2

“Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.” [Ken Robinson].

Podcast episode 002: Defining our talents

TheStrengthsRevolution_albumart_2-2 Everyone has talents the trick is how to discover them.

Don’t waste time comparing yourselves to other experts, they had to start somewhere as well.

Once discovered we have a personal responsibility to make best use of our talents, for the benfit of ourselves and others.

It is the productive application of a talent that underpins the development of a strength.

For the full episode of this post go to:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/strengths-revolution-steve/id867043694

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/002-defining-our-talents/id867043694?i=305161325&mt=2

“Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.” [Brenda Ueland].

Podcast episode 001: Introducing the Strengths Revolution

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We don’t spend enough time identifying and working with our personal qualities and strengths, but we all have them.

We all have talents, abilities, capabilities, desires, motivations and wishes.

Our strengths underpin our abilitiy to take risks and make decisions.

As an approach in health and social care the concept emerged through Social Workers in the University of Kansas in the early 1980’s.

As a focus for successful businesses worldwide the study of strengths has been a key programme for the Gallup organisation for several decades.

The approach applies equally to individual clients, employees, teams and organisation-wide.

For the full episode of this post go to:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/strengths-revolution-steve/id867043694

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/001-introducing-strengths/id867043694?i=305161324&mt=2

“If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as uninhibited rather than unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.” [Barbara Bush].

Podcast launches

TheStrengthsRevolution_albumart_2-2‘The Strengths Revolution’ weekly podcast show was launched on the iTunes Store on 22nd April 2014. It is established to offer and discuss all things ‘Strengths’ focused. Please do access this free resource, subscribe and review episodes. The following link will take you to the area where the episodes are hosted:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/strengths-revolution-steve/id867043694

 

Working with Strengths

TheStrengthsRevolution_albumart_1At a strategic level we are continually expanding the language, but essentially using new words and phrases to say the same thing… recovery, personalisation, self-directed support, person-centred planning, re-ablement/re-enablement. Nobody can seriously disagree with the premise that service users should be given a voice in order to say what they need and want, to reflect on how best to meet their wishes and aspirations, to exercise choice and feel supported in their decision-making. However, there is often a gap between what we are saying we are doing as services, and what service users are experiencing on the receiving end. The distance between strategic vision and practical reality rarely conforms to anyone’s idea of close proximity.

This is where the Strengths Approach or Working with Strengths come into their own… call it what you will, but we need some way of translating the big picture into something that is clearly understood and able to be delivered by workers with service users (and carers). We can talk about journeys all day long, but unless you can walk it unaided then we need a vehicle, a route map, a travel guide or companion… a means of travelling that journey. The Strengths Approach sets out a clear statement of values and principles to guide and support good practice; it provides fit-for-purpose tools and the necessary guidance on flexible use of such tools; and it sets out practice-based policy statements that help to tie-in the organisation – team – practitioner levels to an agreement on what we are doing to support people to experience the rhetoric of person-centred services in reality.

The Working with Strengths document represents an overview of how this challenge has been met through a collaborative initiative between Practice Based Evidence and Granta Housing Society between 2007 and 2012.

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