What if you can’t start with the CEO when you build a strengths-based culture?

According to Gallup, there are five steps to building a strengths-based culture. 

  1. Start with the CEO or it doesn’t work.
  2. Require every employee to discover their strengths.
  3. Build an internal network of strengths coaches.
  4. Integrate strengths into performance management.
  5. Transform your learning programs.

But what if you can’t start with the CEO? What if he or she isn’t bought in yet, is suspicious of the strengths concept, or is too busy to care?

Gallup recommends that you start with a team, a division or a department. Create a strengths-based sub-culture in the organization. Treat these sub-cultures like test cases to demonstrate ROI. If you can demonstrate that ‘the proof is in the pudding’, then you’ll get the CEO on board.

Start with yourself and your team and as Gandhi said, ‘be the change you wish to see in the world.’ Or in this case the change you wish to see in your company’s culture.

(data from It’s the Manager book by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter) 


PS – StrengthsFinder is now completely revamped and updated with the latest research! Gallup’s online assessment of unique top five strengths. Learn your team’s strengths and learn how to put them into action. Click here to start transforming your team.

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