Happy New Year!

Last Monday we had a company off-site; a day of team building, discussing what worked and what didn’t in 2011 and strategizing for 2012.  As mentioned in our last post, the past year has been filled with success and we want to keep up the momentum!

With the help of Tom Rath’s Strengths Finder 2.0 we were able to target what each employee’s greater strengths are and how to play them up to be the best you can be. He beieves that “You cannot be anything you want to be; but you can be a lot more of who you already are.”

Everyone likes to have New Year’s resolutions. In keeping focus with knowing how we work best, we decided to take our strengths and apply it to the ways we will be working on ourselves throughout 2012.

 

Allie- One of my 5 words was “activator.” Apparently, I act quickly, passionately moving from one project to the next without stopping to breathe, appreciate those around me or explain my thought process for a decision. In 2012,I am going to take time to breathe in both my personal and professional life… remembering that it isn’t always healthy or smart to move so quickly, nor fun to be around someone who doesn’t stop to smell the roses and every once in a while.

 

Britney – According to Rath, I’m a Maximizer, which means I’m really good at identifying and creating best practices. I’m not interested in focusing on weaknesses, but instead, honing in on a particular strength, refining those skills, and becoming an expert in that specific area. It’s more fun to work on your strengths, rather than be upset at what you’re lacking. 

 

Jenny – One of my strengths was WOO, or “winning others over.”  No surprise here, this means I love to shmooze and work a room.  While I love meeting new people and making new friends, those who exhibit WOO typically move on from conversations quickly, always looking for the person to network with or meet.  This year, I’d like to make an effort to really engage with people, instead of rushing around. I’d like to slow down and enjoy thought-provoking, non-rushed conversations with those around me.

 

Jessie – Through reading Strengths Finder 2.0, I learned that I have the qualities of an “achiever”. While this does have many positive connotations, it can also cause me to quickly check things off my daily to do list without taking a step back and seeing the big picture of what really needs to be accomplished. One of my goals for 2012 is to take more time to thoroughly review each and every action item, never compromising quality for quantity. 

 

Stephanie – One of my words was Focus. My focus strength shows that I like projects that have exact deadlines. Having recently signed on with Integrate full time I want to challenge myself to focus and ensure that any deadline, big or small is fulfilled.