Finding The Strengths Within Your Organization
Unfortunately, human beings still carry around a basic instinct dating back to when we competed directly with other animal species. Back then, our survival was aided by focusing on weaknesses in the form of danger, faults, errors, and problems. The world is different today, but this inherited focus on weaknesses is not easy to let go. However difficult it may be, you have to if you want to achieve change. It simply does not make sense to focus on the things that do not work because that creates negative energy. Instead, you should focus on identifying your organization's strengths. So, how do you identify these organizational strengths? By asking positive questions about what works well. Who do you ask? You ask both your customers and your employees.
Combining Your Company's Strengths
Is it OK to neglect the organization’s weaknesses? No, and you don’t. At least not if you follow the advice of Peter Drucker: “to combine our strengths in a manner that makes our weaknesses unimportant.” He also strongly suggests that leaders develop their followers by focusing on their strengths and subsequently make high demands based on those strengths. This is called a strength-based approach.
If you follow this advice you end up with an organization that combined has no weaknesses; the employees focus on developing what they are good at individually. That is the very essence of strength-based management.
4 Keys To Strengthening Your Organization
Fred Luthans has intensely researched the impact of “strong” employees on a company’s performance. His studies provided insight into what he has dubbed “psychological capital”, which is defined as an individual’s positive psychological state of mind. An organization with a high psychological capital is characterized by:
- Having confidence to take on challenging tasks and achieve a specific goal
- Having optimism about succeeding now and in the future
- Having hope that one or more pathways toward the goal can be found
- Having resilience when faced with problems and adversity
Luthans’ studies have shown that when an employee possesses all four to a high degree, the company gains a number of advantages. The most important advantages are greater openness to change, a more innovative way of thinking and the ability to keep pushing even when facing obstacles.
Identifying what works well within your organization is a key part of Lindberg International's 8-step Mission to Mars growth concept. For further insight please download our free Mission to Mars whitepaper.