If we reach someone’s heart, we have an opportunity to change their thinking. If we can change someone’s thinking, we can change their actions. If we can positively change actions, we can impact the world. This chain reaction sounds intuitive, but for some reason, 70% of our workforce remains not engaged or actively disengaged. My gut tells me this is because people don’t have an opportunity to play to their strengths every day, which can be traced back to our childhood. Instead of sharing research, I want to engage in nostalgia. Think about when you were a kid for a moment. Let’s imagine that you brought home a report card that looked like this:
Physical Education A+
Creative Art C
How did your parents react? Perhaps it was one of these most frequently used approaches to discussing your grades.
Kids: My friend always distracts me when I’m trying to do my work in class. Or, I don’t like Math and Art. And the classic, It’s not my fault, the teacher sucks!
Result: Kids are normally forced to see a tutor and do extra work to improve their Math and Art skills. School becomes less enjoyable for them and studying becomes a dreaded task.
2. Parents Type 2 -- The Encourager
Parents: Wow, you got an A+ in Phys-Ed and an A in Science…nice work! Tell me what you did in those courses that helped you get such high marks.
Prior to any discussion, very little is required by the child, since they know their parents aren’t going to yell at them. Once they are in a discussion with their parents, these are some typical responses:
Kids: The teacher lets us play games and makes everything fun. I love sports and science, so I pay attention and do all my homework. And if I don’t understand things, I ask the teacher or talk to my friends about it.
Gagandeep is a Learning and Development Consultant at Gallup. He holds an MBA in Human Resources and Marketing with distinction. His mission at Gallup is to help organizations create, develop and sustain powerful cultures through a transformative consulting approach. Gagandeep provides thought-leadership around employee engagement, strengths-based development, and learning and development for both internal and external clients.
Gagandeep’s top 5 strengths: Maximizer | Strategic | Relator | Positivity | Ideation