April 26, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FAQ on Strength-based approach

Q1. What are strengths and why are they important?

A strength can be many things - can be financial, emotional, spiritual, physical, intellectual, or social. It can be relationships, skills, time, attitude, energy, wisdom, values, or property. The key is to locate, develop, integrate, and enhance, existing strengths, being open to the possibilities.

Q2. What are strength-based approach?

In today's world many people focus almost entirely on what's wrong with them - their problems, their struggles, their stressors - and often lose sight of what is good and strong in them. Strengths-based approach in life will help your shift your focus from what's wrong to what's strong.

Q3. When does strength-based thinking begin?

Strength-based thinking begins when we are curious, we are more alive and engaged.  By being curious, we use our strengths.  We are connected and self-directed.  Talk with your coach about creating a "curious" work and learning environment.

Q4. Is strength-based approach content or process?

Strength-based approach is both content and process.  It is both science and art.  Think about a time when someone really believed in you and saw your strengths.It could have been a teacher, a family member, or friend who recognized your unique gifts.  How did their faith and expectations affect you?  Did you feel more energized and excited about possibilities?  Strength-based approach discovers the possibilities by emphasizing what is working right now.

Q.5 How do we shift from weakness to strengths?

Shifting from weakness to strengths is more than learning a new language.  It is a different culture, thought process, and set of values and beliefs.  From a strength-based paradigm there are programs and interventions that can be delivered to the individual; however, the primary emphasis is on groups, communities, and environments.  The emphasis is also on building more than on eliminating.

Q6. What outcomes emerge from strength-based approaches?

  • Collaboration (Team work)
  • New working and learning strategies
  • Energy and increased enthusiasm
  • A new sense of joy
  • Clarity of purpose
  • System-wide thinking
  • Identifying resources and information
  • Clarifying values
  • Confirming personal and professional direction
  • Creativity and passion
  • Mutually shared respect, support, and trust
  • Intrinsic personal growth awakening
  • Unbridled creativity
  • Sense of accomplishment
  • Passion
  • Self-satisfaction and contribution
  • New roles, new possibilities

Q7. What are strength-based coaching and training objectives?

Strength-based coaching and training is based on several objectives.  The objectives below should be viewed as conversation starters.  In the spirit of client driven change, you are encouraged to talk with coach/trainer about how these objectives can be implemented in your session.

  • Emphasize strengths over weaknesses
  • Identify, amplify, and develop client strengths
  • Engage client around their strengths
  • Create a coaching/learning environment based on strengths
  • Frame client problems around strengths

Q8. Is strength-based approach just about making people happy?

"Happiness" is commonly defined as a state of well being or pleasurable experience, but this notion of happiness is only a small part of strength-based approach.  Positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive.  Deploying one's strengths in the service of something larger than oneself can lead to the meaningful life (e.g., belonging to and serving institutions such as education, free press, religion, democracy, and family, to name a few).