A set of 48 beautifully designed strengths cards - ideal for provoking thought and opening up conversation around what people do best. A great resource whether you're working with individuals or with groups.
Designed as a simple, attractive and flexible tool, each card features a single word to stimulate awareness of strengths as well as a high quality photograph on the other side. Using either the words, pictures or a combination of both, the range of ways you can use these strengths cards will only be limited by your imagination.
Each pack includes an introductory booklet to get you started, as well as details of how to access more exercise ideas online.
Examples of exercises:
Comparing life domains (Individual with words)
Identify the strengths you use in different parts of your life and reflect on how to make even more of them. - Sort through the cards and pick out the 5-10 strengths that describe you at your absolute best in each part of your life. How do the different parts of your life compare? How might you use some of your strengths in new ways to help you be at your best?
Strengths 360 (Individual with words)
Get a more rounded picture of your strengths by asking a few of your colleagues, family, friends or customers for feedback. - Choose 5-8 people whose perspective you would value and ask each of them to sort through the cards and pick the strengths they most value in you. Compare the different responses and see how they differ from your own choices.
Team strengths (Team with photos)
Help a team focus on what they do best by choosing a photograph that illustrates their collective strengths. - Spread the cards out with the pictures facing up. The team gathers around and each person chooses the picture that represents the team at its best and explains their choice.
Guess who? (Team with words)
Build appreciation and respect within a team by playing a game where team members try to guess whose strengths are being described. - Working in pairs, team members pick a colleague’s name out of a hat and then use the cards to identify the strengths that best describe this person. When they share their choices the rest of the team try to guess who is being talked about.
Project successes (1-1 with photos and words)
Help someone draw out the positive lessons from a project or event, using photographs as a prompt. Valuable as part of a project review, appraisal or interview. - Focusing on a particular project, ask your partner to sort through the photographs, picking out images that could represent things that went well. Ask them to sort through the words to identify the strengths that contributed to their success.
A picture of the future (1-1 with photos and words)
Help someone bring clarity to life or career goals by focusing on what they want to be known for in the future. - Imagining that it is 10 years from now, ask your partner/client to spend a few minutes reflecting on how their career/life looks and then choose 3 cards that reflect how they would like others to see them at that point.
Strengths silhouettes (Team with words)
Encourage better connections between team members and build appreciation for the diversity of strengths in the group. - After drawing an outline of themselves and identifying their own strengths, team members pair up and use the cards to pick the strengths they see in each other. Their choices are written within the silhouettes and the ‘results’ are discussed.
Strengths stories (Workshop with photos and words)
Help delegates on your workshop explore their own strengths and also practise listening for strengths in conversations. - Working in pairs, everyone chooses a picture that reminds them of a success before sharing the story with their partner. Both then identify the strengths they’ve heard and discuss them before swapping roles.
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