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Strength Management

The key to great performance is to deploy our strengths effectively



The Strength Management method was developed in the 1970s by two leading industrial psychologists Alan Katcher and Stuart Atkins at UCLA. It is the development of a theory of human behaviour which holds that;

 

  • We learn to behave towards each other in ways which seem best to satisfy our different psychological and physiological needs for self-fulfillment
  • This behaviour pattern becomes our natural or preferred orientation towards other people
  • The preferred orientation represents the source of our strengths, which when we are able to understand and develop them, can be even more productive
  • The combination of behavioural orientations which make up our behavioural style is not, however, infallible. When our strengths are carried to excess they can be counter-productive becoming our weaknesses
  • There are costs to excessive use of our strengths, but we usually start by refusing to recognise them
  • This tendency for our strengths to be used in excess becomes most counter-productive when our environment is affected by conditions of stress or conflict
  • Through the LIFO® Strength Management coaching model we can unlock ourselves from styles of behaviour which frustrate our basic goal of self-fulfillment

The system works in a non-threatening manner using easy to understand everyday language and the essence of the approach is that it seeks to develop and to manage strengths we already have and not to judge those strengths in relation to preconceived norms or models.

  • The core of the experience is identifying our operaand then relate these to 4 Behavioural Orientations in easily understood, descriptive and non-judgemental language
  • In interpreting results we focus on the strengths of individual styles and how use them in both Favourable and Unfavourable (stress/conflict) Conditions
  • It helps us become more self-aware and to gain insight into the behavioural styles of other and looks at ways of developing and managing strengths to make them more productive and less obstructive in interpersonal relationships

Properly introduced and followed through, our Strength Management programmes can;

  • Help managers and executives improve personal performance and leadership 
  • Help put together better balanced teams, or help existing teams improve performance
  • Paint a picture of corporate culture and help plan necessary changes or improve strategic implementation
  • Improve decision making processes and help with stress management


"You learn more quickly under the guidance of an experienced teacher. You waste a lot of time going down blind alleys if you have no one to lead you."

(W. Somerset Maugham, 1943)

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