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Leveraging Strengths: Maximizing Your Team’s Potential. Patty Witkowsky, Ph.D. Kelsey Murray Student Engagement & Leadership Colorado State University-Pueblo. Learning Outcomes. As a result of attending our presentation, you will be able to: articulate what positive psychology is

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leveraging strengths maximizing your team s potential

Leveraging Strengths: Maximizing Your Team’s Potential

Patty Witkowsky, Ph.D.

Kelsey Murray

Student Engagement & Leadership

Colorado State University-Pueblo

learning outcomes
Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending our presentation, you will be able to:

  • articulate what positive psychology is
  • apply the strengths-based approach to your individual work
  • apply the strengths-based approach to your teams
  • facilitate group development activities that promote individual strengths
what is positive psychology
What is Positive Psychology?
  • History of positive psychology and the strengths-based movement
  • Developing students, professionals, and teams
use of strengths based approach in higher education
Use of Strengths-Based Approach in Higher Education
  • Advising
  • Career development
  • Groups & teams (student organizations)
higher ed institutions using strengths development
Higher Ed Institutions Using Strengths Development

The following institutions have been recognized for exemplary strengths development:

  • Asbury College
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Baylor University
  • Berry College
  • Bethel University
  • Bluffton University
  • Chattanooga State

Community College

  • Creighton University
  • Evangel University
  • Harper College
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Lee University
  • Lipscomb University
  • MidAmerica Nazarene University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Tabor College
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri
  • Washington University -- St. Louis
philosophy of strengths
Philosophy of Strengths
  • Talent, strengths
  • Importance of understanding your team members’ strengths for both their personal productivity, but also the effectiveness of your overall team or organization
  • Dominant hand exercise
activities for individual awareness
Activities for Individual Awareness
  • Determine strengths:
    • Take the test
    • Review and choose 5
  • Understand their strengths
    • Assumption pairs: what you’re probably good at
    • The person who was assumed, gives an example of how that plays out in their daily life
  • Using your strengths
    • Issue in current position: how can you use your strengths to alleviate that issue (talk in pairs)
activities for group development
Activities for Group Development
  • Creating diverse strength groups
    • Interviewing for positions
    • Committees
    • Project groups
  • Fake group activity
    • Pairs and then choose 2 ghost members’ strengths to compliment their group
  • Four domains of leadership strengths
    • Executing, influencing, relationship building, & strategic thinking
strengths finder
Strengths Finder
  • http://freestrengthsfinder.workuno.com/1-free-strengthsfinder-test.html
  • www.strengthsquest.com (cost)