Play to Your Strengths! 5 Ways to Professional Success

How would you respond to this statement: “At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day”? Sadly, according to the Gallup organization, only 1/3 of U.S. employees can respond with a “strongly agree” to this statement. Why? Those fortunate individuals found a way to use their strengths back on the job. Come and learn how using a strengths-based approach will help you achieve higher levels of overall personal well-being, productivity, and professional success.

You will learn to:

  • Discuss the philosophy and benefits of using a strengths-based approach to manage your work
  • Identify your top five StrengthsFinder® themes and how effectively they are being used in your job
  • Find ways to further maximize your strengths to increase your success
  • Map your strengths to the four leadership domains and determine where your personal “bench strength” lies
  • Determine potential personal weaknesses and the best ways to mitigate them in order to maintain success in your job
  • Complete an action plan to strategize ways to better leverage your strengths back on the job

You will benefit by:

  • Gaining new insights regarding your unique talents and contributions via the StrengthsFinder® Profile
  • Optimizing your strengths for greater career success and fulfillment
  • Reducing work stress and achieving high impact work results

Course Recommendation

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Anyone who would like to gain a strong understanding of their innate talents and strengths to better align them in their workplace

Program Note:

As a pre-requisite of the class, you will be asked to complete the online instrument, StrengthsFinder® 2.0. Instructions will be sent via e-mail prior to the class.

Course Note:

Pre-registration with a shortcode is required as there is a $50 cancellation fee that takes effect two weeks prior to the course. If you attend the course, your department will not be charged.

Pre-Class Recommendation with

Discovering Your Strengths

Topic Area

  • Career Development
  • Communication
  • Leadership and Management

Domain and Expectation

  • People
    • Coach and develop others


  • Member of a Team


  • Level 2: Skill building