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Play to Your Team’s Strengths

Book Description

Why is it a struggle for managers to get their staff to meet or exceed their goals? The answer is simple: employees are working at jobs that are not based on their individual strengths. JoAnn Warcholic Ashman and Susan Shelly, seasoned management consultants, show managers how to tap into the true potential of their staff and create the workplace that keeps them challenged and working at peak efficiency by using the latest strength-based management principles and techniques.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Contents
  4. Introduction
  5. Chapter 1. What Is Strengths-Based Management?
    1. A Strong Approach to Management
    2. The Evolution of Strengths-Based Management
    3. What the Polls and Experts Say
    4. The Benefits of Strengths-Based Management
    5. Where Do We Go from Here?
    6. Key Takeaways
  6. Chapter 2. Your Role as a Strengths-Based Manager
    1. Characteristics of Successful Managers
    2. Leading Employees Versus Managing Employees
    3. The Roles of a Good Strengths-Based Manager
    4. Traits of a Strengths-Based Manager versus Those of a Traditional Manager
    5. Where Do We Go from Here?
    6. Key Takeaways
  7. Chapter 3. Take a Good Look at Your Team
    1. Identifying Different Types of Strengths
    2. Evaluating Your Team’s Strengths
    3. Working with an Inherited Team
    4. Assembling Your Own Team
    5. Where Do We Go from Here?
    6. Key Takeaways
  8. Chapter 4. Establish Objectives and Assign Employee Strengths
    1. Match Employees with Needs of the Organization
    2. Identifying Performance Objectives
    3. Goal-based versus Strengths-Based Objectives
    4. Moving from Goal-Based to Strengths-Based Objectives
    5. Where Do We Go from Here?
    6. Key Takeaways
  9. Chapter 5. How to Manage Your Strengths-Based Team
    1. Using Coaching Skills to Motivate Your Strengths-Based Team
    2. Strengths-Based Coaching Used to Boost Student Performance
    3. Understanding the Importance of the Role of Every Employee
    4. Teaching Employees to Succeed in Complementary Roles
    5. Assign New Roles When Necessary
    6. Where Do We Go from Here?
    7. Key Takeaways
  10. Chapter 6. Building a Unified Strengths-Based Team
    1. The Importance of a Unified Team
    2. Getting Your Team to Work Together
    3. Effective Team-Building Exercises
    4. Where Do We Go from Here?
    5. Key Takeaways
  11. Chapter 7. Creating a Great Environment
    1. Why the Work Environment Matters for Strengths-Based Workers
    2. Setting the Tone for a Healthy, Happy Environment
    3. Elements of a Good Work Environment
    4. What Some Great Companies Are Saying and Doing
    5. Learn What Your Employees Need
    6. Learn What Your Employees Want
    7. Where Do We Go from Here?
    8. Key Takeaways
  12. Chapter 8. Looking Beyond the Team
    1. Your Team’s Role in the Overall Organization
    2. Working with Others to Achieve the Ultimate Goal
    3. Interteam Meetings and Activities
    4. Dealing with Consultants
    5. Don’t Forget about Your Network
    6. Tips for Establishing a Good Professional Network
    7. Basics of Electronic Networking
    8. How Networking Can Help Improve Your Team
    9. Where Do We Go from Here?
    10. Key Takeaways
  13. Chapter 9. How to Keep Your Strengths-Based Team Moving Forward
    1. How to Recognize and Measure Success in a Strengths-Based Organization
    2. Acknowledging and Rewarding Success
    3. The Dangers of Complacency
    4. Use Feedback to Get Team Members Back on Track and Keep Them Motivated
    5. Keep Your Team Challenged by Setting Stretch Goals
  14. Also Available
  15. Copyright Page