Productivity Through Strengths

Jim Asplund and Nikki Blacksmith

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Productivity Through Strengths

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This chapter discusses how organizations can drive performance through strengths-based development practices. Specifically, we report the results of 40 years conducting behavioral research that has led to the development of the Clifton StrengthsFinder®, an online measure of personal talent that identifies areas in which an individual’s greatest potential for building strengths exists. Through the use of this tool, managers and individuals can leverage strengths to improve employee and organization performance. This chapter reports findings, from studies of large organizations using this tool, that suggest strengths-based employee development leads to higher levels of engagement and performance within business units.

Keywords: Strengths; talent; development; engagement; productivity

Article.  8576 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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