The basic philosophy of SHIFT Strengths-Based Organization Consulting, is that human development is an ongoing process which begins with people first understanding how they have been gifted. Everyone brings a unique value to an organization. Therefore, we avoid focusing on what makes people better than each other, which infers competition. Rather, we focus on what makes people different from each other, which invites cooperation.
Partnering with each client, we uncover real versus perceived challenges and meet them head on together. As scholar-practitioners, we make it a habit of incorporating the latest Strengths-Based research findings and trends into each client engagement that will serve to SHIFT organizations into new levels of success more naturally and enjoyably for all involved. When people discover, develop, and deploy their strengths, passion follows for their work.
Accelerating your organization’s performance starts by leveraging the individual strengths of your workforce. Since the Gallup Strengths-Based curriculum exists and is considered the gold standard of organizational development tools, we help you leverage their work by providing customized solutions. When your people are successful it stands to reason that your organization will be successful, and you can confidently proclaim purpose fulfilled across the enterprise!
Our Approach: Listening to Understand then Listening to Solve
Some consultants approach their clients by first listening to solve. We approach our clients by first listening to understand. To do this, we ask empowering questions that allow our clients to reflect and distinguish between assumptions, interpretations, and limiting beliefs that may be associated with their challenges. Once we understand what is really going on, then we can listen to solve the right challenges with the right tools to achieve the right outcomes.
We ask exploratory questions about the culture, the leadership, the followership, and the organization infrastructure (e.g. process, procedures, and practices) that would affect behaviors to decipher what the drivers of those behaviors are. We want to know why the organization has decided to embark on an organizational development initiative, who the key stakeholders are, and what makes this a priority now. Our goal is to dig deep enough to determine what the underlying factors are that are affecting performance now and what success would look like afterward.
As you can see, this is a thoughtful process. While we strive to facilitate transformative learning in an emotionally safe, inclusive environment, this is a serious business because you are making an investment in your organizational health and well-being.
Strategic Questions for Successful Outcomes
During our initial consultation, one or more of the following questions will be explored with you. Please give some thought to your responses prior to our discussion and feel free to gather the thoughts of your colleagues to provide context as needed. You may feel that some of the questions do not apply to your current situation, yet you are still asked to share your thoughts regarding each question.
Once the initial consultation has been conducted and applicable questions have been explored, a date will be set for a customized engagement.
The pricing structure for SHIFT Strengths-Based Organization Consulting services is multi-tiered with different prices for different offerings. For each offering, participants must complete the StrengthsFinders 2.0 assessment. Costs for each assessment are incurred by the client.
Full-day Facilitation: Comprehensive Strengths-Based Teams Training.
The intention of this training is to change the way a team works by increasing mindfulness about leveraging the strengths of everyone on the team every day to drive greater engagement.
Facilitation for a full 8-hour day (1-hour advanced arrival, 6-hours facilitation, 1-hour leader debrief) comprehensive Strengths-Based Teams training involves several components including, but not limited to, the following:
The day is structured to present the Strengths-Based philosophy, review results via the Team Strengths-Grid, and conduct three activities chosen by the manager during the pre-facilitation 1:1 with the lead sponsor in the morning. After lunch, the afternoon can be shaped to apply the Strengths-Based philosophy toward an action-learning project of the lead sponsor’s choice such as creating a team charter (Vision, Mission, Values, Goals), determining a needed skills-mix for hiring purposes, or proposing a new talent-2-task alignment within the team.