What Do You Mean By ‘Strength’?

December 3, 2015By Mike MillerStrengths

Today’s article originally appeared on strengthscope.com, written by Ana Loback, consultant with Strengths Partnership (based in the UK). *** How do we define strengths and how can they be used to maintain and enhance wellbeing and productivity at work? “Strengths are the underlying qualities that energize us and we are great at (or have the potential to … Read More

The Importance of Stretching Employees

November 19, 2015By Mike MillerLeadership

Today’s article originally appeared on strengthspartnership.com, written by the co-creator of Strengthscope, James Brook *** The Importance of ‘Stretch’ in Talent Development In the same way that a professional athlete needs regular practice and ‘stretch’ to build their physical and psychological strengths to remain at the top of their game, so do employees, particularly those with strong … Read More

The Elephant In The Office

November 12, 2015By Mike MillerEngagement, Leadership

Perhaps in the past, high engagement was enough to propel employees to the highest levels of performance. But that’s no longer true, based on the results of an engagement study of 32,000 employees in 29 international markets conducted in 2012 by the consulting firm Towers Watson. Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of The Energy Project, … Read More

The Continuing Story Of Forte And Strengthscope

November 5, 2015By Mike MillerUpdate

When Mike and I launched Forte at the beginning of 2015, we thought we had a good idea. One of our company core values is to “Make things simple,” and it seemed to make sense to just have Forte be the U.S. Licensor for the Strengthscope® assessment. So we built a shiny new website at beForte.com with a robust login area where … Read More

The Workplace Energy Crisis

October 29, 2015By Mike MillerCulture, Engagement

I recently read a blog post on the Chief Learning Officer website on the subject of energy in the workplace, that I feel is worthy of reposting. Written by Kate Everson, it features a light-hearted reference to the animated minions featured in the Dreamworks Animation movies. In this post, Kate quotes Brady Wilson, author of “Beyond … Read More

Manage Energy, Not Time

October 22, 2015By Mike MillerEngagement, Update

I recently read a terrific blog post on the website of Dr. Michelle Robin, a speaker, author, radio host, and chiropractor who practices in the Kansas City area. Michelle is the founder of a remarkable integrative healing center called Your Wellness Connection. The post, Manage Energy, Not Time, was written by a friend of hers, Jenne Fromm–a life coach, facilitator, … Read More

The Best Managers Focus On Strengths, Part 2

October 15, 2015By Mike MillerEngagement, Leadership

I’ve been re-reading a book by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval, The Power of Nice, published in 2006.  (The two co-owned an advertising agency at the time the book came out. In 2012, they merged with another New York firm, Publicis, and the company is now called Publicis Kaplan Thaler.) Chapter 6 of The Power of … Read More

The Best Managers Focus On Strengths

October 8, 2015By Mike MillerEngagement, Leadership

A few months ago, the Gallup organization released a report, State of the American Manager: Analytics and Advice for Leaders.  As described in the report’s preface, the document provides “an in-depth look at what characterizes great managers” and is based on “over four decades of extensive talent research, a study of 2.5 million manager-led teams in 195 countries and … Read More

Employee Engagement Tips from the U.K.

October 1, 2015By Mike MillerEngagement

Today’s article originally appeared on strengthspartnership.com, written by the co-creator of Strengthscope, Paul Brewerton. *** Employee engagement is a workplace approach designed to ensure that employees are committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success, and are able at the same time to enhance their own sense of well-being. And it is … Read More