Strengths are not what you think.
in Business in Education in Life
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Strengths are not what you’re “good at,” but rather what energizes you and drives excellence. When you know how to activate, align and maximize your authentic strengths, no matter what, you tap into a bottomless well of energy that changes everything.
People who know how to live and work from their strengths are simply more plugged-in and turned-on. Organizations that know how to support and align people with those strengths reap the benefits: unprecedented levels of engagement, creativity, problem-solving and skill.
More personal responsibility
People who know and understand their strengths feel – well, strong. They take 100% responsibility for their lives, at home and at work. They see solutions as within their control and every barrier becomes just another problem to be solved.
Life happens. But adversity, no matter its scars, is no match for being dialed-in to the strengths we have used to survive. Once we understand this, these are the same strengths we use to thrive.
More ROI (return on investment)
Fixing deficits (which drain energy) requires a huge investment of time and resources with minimal pay-off. Growing and aligning authentic strengths requires minimal (and smart) investment of time and resources that trigger rapid and exponential growth. Whether in business, education, or life, it’s just a better ROI.
Let’s face it. In business, education, and life, we are driven by a deep desire to feel alive, to feel strong! When we tap into this energy, we get more done, solve problems faster and take more responsibility for our lives and our impact on the world around us. This is the power of Strengths in Focus.
Chris Trout, Founder of Strengths in Focus, on stage →
Chris Trout has been instrumental in the transformation of our workplace culture. He has spoken at our management and executive level retreats, each time guiding us to be our best selves while igniting contagious excitement for what could be. As a result, our company has evolved into a cohesive team that works together with integrity and passion, as we fearlessly think outside of the box.Teri Nickerson, Director of Human Resources, Stanford Management, Portland, Maine
Educators have always known that adverse experiences encountered outside school more often than not negatively impact students’ ability to learn inside the classroom. Chris changed our mindset from an endless and generally unproductive focus on attempting to mitigate the deficits born of these experiences to a more feasible and effective focus on bolstering students’ strengths.Don Reiter, Principal, Waterville Senior High School, Waterville, Maine
I can honestly say that I have never been happier or more excited about my future. I can’t remember the last time I had anxiety about where I should be going or what I wanted to do with my life. These worries have been put to rest in the most magnificent of ways.
Eric Koll, LMSW, Rochester, NY (former coaching client)
Speaking to Ignite and Transform
Artful Facilitation to help everyone
Equally at home with CEOs or ground zero professionals, from South Central Los Angeles to rural Canada, Chris has that rare ability to reach audiences through both head and heart. He moves effortlessly from foundational research (which somehow never feels “research-y”) to powerful stories that speak directly to each audience member. The shelf life of Chris’ insights is measured in years, not hours or days – and is evidenced in the words of audience members:
Chris is real – not sugar coated. This is not about methodology or a set of techniques. It is the way he lives.
It isn’t every day I attend a conference where I come away feeling empowered with information I can put into practice in my everyday life, both at work and at home.
Effective facilitation is like great jazz, an improvisational give and take that requires exquisite listening, sensitive choices, and the ability to jointly arrive someplace new and unexpected. Chris is a master of this kind of improvisation. The unsurpassed skill and insight he brings helps everyone lay down their assumptions and join in the improvisation. His perfectly timed observations and insights help the group move to the next level of discussion and sharing. And his authentic delight in the process inspires everyone to join in the improvisation, excited to see what is possible.
Whether you need to find creative solutions, resolve conflict, elicit feedback and ideas, or engage in affirmative inquiry, Chris will help you navigate this new territory and arrive somewhere you’ve never been before.
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