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Session for Stanford Alumni Association members

April 28th, 2023 Posted by Leadership, Talent Themes, Workshop No Comment yet

Adriane will be leading a Discover Your Strengths session exclusively for her fellow Stanford Alumni Association members next week, May 4. Here’s why: “Without awareness of your strengths, it’s almost impossible for you to lead effectively.” Tom Rath, Barry Conchie, authors of Strengths Based Leadership.

Discover Your Strengths

Unlock your individual and team potential by using your CliftonStrengths. This dynamic and interactive workshop will transform the way you partner and collaborate. Ideal for leaders and their intact teams who want to build mutual awareness of their individual and collective strengths, with a focus on alignment to meet business priorities using natural talents. By attending this workshop you will:

  • Discover how to make an impact by doing more of what you naturally do best.
  • Work with your CliftonStrengths 34 results report to gain insight into your innate talents.
  • Learn how to develop your greatest talents into strengths using actionable strategies.
  • Learn your blind spots that may hinder cohesions and collaboration.

Participants are encouraged to bring their GALLUP CliftonStrengths assessment results to the virtual session.

To register for the session please click here

Women of Power Summit

March 20th, 2023 Posted by Leadership, Talent Themes No Comment yet

Adriane offered complimentary executive coaching sessions at the 2023 Women of Power Summit at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The Surprising Power of Builder Talents

August 24th, 2021 Posted by Leadership No Comment yet

Adriane will be speaking about the The Surprising Power of Builder Talents at the ITServe Alliance Atlanta Chapter In-Person Monthly Meeting on August 26th, 2021 6pm to 9pm at Nalan Indian Cuisine, 5815 Windward Pkwy Suite 200, Alpharetta, GA.

Golden Age of Leadership: Navigating Culture Now

April 26th, 2021 Posted by Leadership No Comment yet

Breakout Session: “Golden Age of Leadership: Navigating Culture Now” at the 3rd Annual Organization Effectiveness Conference, PART II: April 30, 2021 at Georgia Tech.

Give Me a Reason to Stay: How to Use Strengths to Keep Top Talent

October 20th, 2020 Posted by Leadership No Comment yet

In case you missed my webinar “Give Me a Reason to Stay: How to Use Strengths to Keep Top Talent.” You can now view the presentation on demand at your convenience.

What could we have done to keep you? This is a typical question posed to top talent as they’re leaving your organization. But it doesn’t always have to be that way. In other words, you probably have a lot more control over retention than you think.

Gallup data shows that 51% of U.S. employees are actively looking for a new job or are open to one. The odds are relatively good that you probably have one or a few on your team who are looking to leave your company right now, even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the positive side, slightly more than half, 52%, of voluntarily exiting employees say that their manager or organization could have done something to prevent them from leaving their job.

This session, led by Adriane Massey, a GALLUP-certified Strengths Coach, explores how to use Strengths now to prevent unwanted employee exits later.

Adriane Massey is the founder of Strengths Zone, an organization that specializes in Gallup-Certified Strengths Training & Coaching. She leads virtual workshops nationwide and coaches people through career and personal hurdles, using their natural talents. A former hospital Vice President, she has a BA from University of North Texas and MA from Stanford University.

What Are the Keys to Effective Leadership?

January 29th, 2016 Posted by Leadership No Comment yet

What Are the Keys to Effective Leadership

Effective leadership is more than just telling others what to do.

A true leader understands the importance of enabling others to feel they have a say in how something is done and that providing this type of atmosphere improves job satisfaction and productivity.

Too often, leaders are not aware what the keys to effective leadership that provides this atmosphere actually are, however.

Invest in Strengths

Good leaders know how to leverage their strengths to meet the challenges they face when leading others. They know where they are the strongest and focus on improving those strengths in order to effectively guide those around them.

It has been said that leadership consists of four domains that include executing, influencing, relationship-building and strategic thinking. Surprisingly, effective leaders are rarely strong in all four of these domains. In fact, one of them may actually be a weakness. However, effective leaders know how to focus on the domains where they excel in order to motivate others.

A leader who attempts to excel in all four domains is often a mediocre leader.

Surrounded with Greatness

The key to becoming an effective leader is to surround yourself with those who are strong where you are weak. If you have difficulty selling ideas, but excel in uniting a group of diverse individuals into a team that works, you want to be sure that someone on your team has strong influence skills that will work well with your relationship-building skills.

Because good leaders know what their weaknesses are, they are able to choose team members who excel in those skills and can support the team in an area where the leader cannot. Too often, leaders choose teams based on technical skill when what they really need are more leaders in order to make the team effective.

Understand the Needs of the Team

Effective leaders have the ability to meet the following four needs in order to create a good team:

  • Trust – The members of the team trust the leader and the leader trusts the team.
  • Compassion – It is critical that the team believe that the leader cares about them.
  • Stability – An effective leader is dependable at all times.
  • Hope – Team members want to feel as if their work matters and that their future prospects are secure.

Unlike leadership domains, an effective leader must meet all four of these needs in order to build an effective team.

A leader may possess many skills that will benefit them when they guide a team, but an effective leader not only understands what strengths they have, but also where their weaknesses lie. This allows them to build a team with members who may fill in the areas where the leader lacks ability.

If you want to learn more about becoming an effective leader, contact Strengths Zone today. As a Gallup Certified Training and Coaching organization, Strengths Zone creates strategies and solutions based on natural talent, not by eliminating weaknesses. Visit us online or send us an email today to learn more about our training programs.

4 Things You Need to Know About Strength-Based Leadership

January 20th, 2016 Posted by Leadership No Comment yet

4 Things You Need to Know About Strength-Based Leadership

Looking for the negative aspects in life is human nature, but it isn’t necessarily because people have a negative view on life. Instead, it is also human nature to want to fix things, to make things right.

It is instinctive to find problems and then develop a solution to that problem to feel as if we are accomplishing things. We do this when we tackle projects, but we also do it in our interactions with people, especially employees.

Unfortunately, this style of leadership rarely accomplishes anything. Instead, quality leaders use what is known as strength-based leadership, focusing on the strengths and passions of employees rather than their weaknesses. These four tips can help you move into a strength-based leadership role as opposed to a weakness-focused leadership role.

Ask Don’t Assign

When you are leading a team or a company, it is a natural instinct to want to assign the best staff member to particular projects. Learn about your employees by talking to them individually to identify their strengths.

You may find that a quiet analyst would love to work on a marketing campaign or that your best graphic designer may also have a knack for numbers. It may mean moving people around to fill in gaps, but when you work from a strength-based focus, you will find yourself choosing team members that fit together perfectly.

Diversity is Important

When you focus on weaknesses, you tend to choose “yes” people for your projects instead of those who will question, make suggestions and point out flaws. You want a team made up of many different cultures, passions, ages and genders in order to get a multitude of perspectives.

Instead of choosing based solely on skill, choose team members based on their strengths, even if those strengths may not seem to apply to their actual job title. Diverse teams historically develop the most ground-breaking ideas.

Be Open

Transparency is a word that is thrown around often in today’s business world, but it is one of the most important character traits of an exceptional leader. If you are open and honest with your team, they will be open and honest with you. You will learn their hopes, their passions and their dreams which provides you with insight to their motivation.

The key is to listen to their ideas rather than just hear the words. When you implement one of their ideas, give them credit to let them know you were listening. You will find that an open atmosphere will encourage your team to work much harder for you and your company.

Encourage Thinking Outside the Box

When you empower your employees, you encourage them to think outside the box, to be creative and to take risks. You want your team members to be curious, naïve and willing to implement unconventional ideas. There will be conflicts as a diverse team often means strong opinions that can lead to disagreement.

Effective leaders know how to guide those passions into action without dampening the enthusiasm of the team or the individuals who disagree.

An effective leader understands how to encourage others to express their opinions, how to motivate a team to think unconventionally and methods for creating an honest, open relationship with everyone in the company.

At Strengths Zone, a Gallup Certified Training & Coaching organization, we provide you with the skills to focus on these four keys to becoming a strength-based leader. Visit us online or send us an email today to learn how we can help you apply strengths-based development to your company.

Gallup’s Theme Thursday

August 27th, 2015 Posted by Talent Themes No Comment yet

Theme Thursday is a Gallup Strengths Center live video event (via YouTube). With this series, we hope to provide a deeper context behind the language of strengths by talking in-depth about each of the 34 CliftonStrengths themes.

    Schedule a 20-Minute Introductory Phone Call with Adriane
    Gallup Certified Strengths Coach