Strengths Institute

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The second Strengths Institute was held virtually in August 2020.  The purpose of the Strengths Institute is to equip faculty and staff with a foundation to understand and apply their individual strengths. Participants who attended came away with an appreciation for all 34 talent themes and strategies for implementing strengths in their instruction and interactions with students. 

This interactive workshop provided participants with an opportunity to explore and engage with their individual strengths, practice using them in facilitated group strengths activities and connect with colleagues throughout campus.

(Workshop is based on Gallup's CliftonStrengths Assessment and talent themes.)

Quotes from participants of the 2019 Strengths Institute

"The Strengths Institute was a great opportunity to reflect on my teaching, learn new things, and engage with faculty and staff outside of my regular responsibilities. It allowed me to consider the various ways my students approach their work and their learning and modify my teaching to better match the strengths and talents my students bring to our classroom. Unlike some of the trainings I have attended in the past, this one has LOTS of “ready to use” resources available and it was easy to integrate these concepts and activities into all of my classes in the fall. What has been most rewarding is seeing the students respond to these additions and really engage the material associated with Gallup Strengths. I have been able to incorporate it into conversations about leadership, communication, interpersonal relationship, team-work, and professional development. Helping students to understand how to work to their strengths and develop their talents has been a game changer in my senior capstone class. I am so glad I made the time to attend!"      Beth Goodier, Associate Professor, Department of Communication

“I found the Strengths Institute extremely helpful, especially in understanding themes that were not as familiar to me.  I used the knowledge gained from the sessions to train my peer academic coaches to help students struggling academically to focus on what they do well naturally.  These students were then able to apply different strategies for studying and managing their time more successfully.”     Robin Stewart,  Director Impact Programs,  Center for Academic Performance & Persistence

"I was first introduced to Clifton Strengths through the College of Charleston Strengths Institute.  The Institute helped me understand more about myself and others.  I am now much better at assigning team members to tasks for projects.  As an instructor, I now integrate Clifton Strengths into the Team unit of my Project Management Capstone course teaching students how as future project managers, tools like these can be useful to identify, understand, and utilizing people’s strengths.  Understanding one’s own strengths and in those of others opens lines of communication; enables managers to increase diversity on a team; and contributes to selecting the right person for specific tasks. "      Debby Marindin, Adjunct Instructor Project Management and Professional Studies Program & Coordinator for the Project Management Concentration

Quotes from strengths advocates around campus

"Learning about my strengths has allowed me to understand why I do things the way I do, while also teaching me how best to connect with others based on their strengths and how they tend to operate."     CofC student, Tyler Futrell.

"Strengths Finder helped my students reflect more deeply on their performace in field experience stettings.  It also helped me become more aware of my own strengths and how they influence who I am as a teacher."    Dr Kelley White, Associate Professer of Early Childhood Education

"It is exciting to see how students grow in their strengths through the coaching process.  Recently, I connected with one of the students I coached about a year ago and she mentioned (unprompted) how she uses one of her strengths regularly in her job.  Wow!  That was an exciting moment for me."          Karen Hauschild, Director, Academic Advising and Planning Center

"Knowing my strengths made me stand out in an interview.  My interviewer asked what would set me apart from fellow applicants, and I was able to explain how my certain strengths make me a unique applicant in that, all applicants may have the same qualifications, but not all have the same strengths.  So in combination with clinical knowledge, my 'relationaship buidling' strengths encourage a true desire to maximize the potential in others.  Also, it made me understand that there are just some things I am not good at, and that focusing on my own strengths is a more effective way to become a confident person and own who I am.  Knowing my strengths and how unique they are to me gives me an appreciation that not all people have the same strengths.  I am able to work more effectively with others through that lens of understanding."     CofC student, Rachel Maher


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