An organisation’s greatest assets are its people’s strengths. But these assets are not well understood or managed. Strength is a pre-existing capacity for a particular way of behaving, thinking or feeling that enables optimal functioning or performance and is authentic and energising to the user. Everyone has strengths. But not everyone is clear about what their strengths are and how to capitalise on them. Critically for organisations, neither are their managers. The strengths perspective points to a clear and natural route to enhancing the contribution and engagement of employees. It also promises to make the complex and oft en neglected task of people management significantly easier and more attractive.

Research has found that people who use their strengths are happier, more confident, have higher levels of self-esteem, have higher levels of energy and vitality, experience less stress, are more resilient, are more likely to achieve their goals, perform better at work, are more engaged at work and are more effective at developing themselves and growing as individuals.

We have been using the CAPP Realise 2 Strengths Assessment for a while now and have found it exceptionally useful for personal and career development and for building high performance teams. It helps you identify from a library of 72 strengths, your Realised Strengths, your Unrealised Strengths, Your Learned Behaviours and your Weaknesses. It looks at performance and energy and how to optimise your strengths profile for best results and growth.

Many of our Catalyst associates have been trained by Lisl Foss on the application of Realise 2 in business, and we would welcome the opportunity to come and tell you more about it.