Dean Jones — Harness the Power of Your Natural Talents
Today we invite a beloved guest back on to the show to talk about strengths-based development and how to use it effectively within an organization. Why is this approach so transformational for organizations? Listen in to find out!
Dean Jones is a senior learning expert at Gallup, responsible for leading Gallup’s global learning strategy. In addition to advising clients on learning and organizational development interventions, he has overseen Gallup’s client learning strategy, the development of the organization’s workplace consultants and learning offering, and the growth of Gallup’s learning business worldwide.
What does Dean mean by ‘strengths’ when talking about strength-based development? Dr. Donald Clifton, an American psychologist and researcher, life’s work was designed to study success. What he discovered was there was actually a connection between talent and success, and there was a way you could measure it.
Strengths is about understanding your own innate talent and then being able to develop those into legitimate use cases that you can apply in both work and in life. Talent is something you are born with and you unfortunately can not create a new talent from scratch. This is why it’s critical to identify the ones you do have and hone those skills relentlessly.