February 21, 2007

StrengthsFinder pilot workshop

As postdocs, our research expertise does not automatically bring with it any self-awareness of our own general talent. Nor does it necessarily provide the ability to manage this talent so as to work consistently in ways that enable us to deliver our best contribution. This ability to leverage talent, particularly when working in a leadership role, is fundamental to fulfilling our potential and guiding future career paths. Although academic excellence is the ‘entry ticket’ to research and teaching, self evaluation of talent helps unlock hidden potential to deliver to an even higher standard of performance.

In collaboration with Caret (Birmingham, UK) and the Clifton StrengthsFinder Center, Roberts funding is being used to pioneer an innovative workshop to evaluate the personal strengths of individual postdocs in the Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick.

The workshop will take place on Thursday, April 5. Prior to the workshop date, participating postdocs will receive the book, “Now, Discover Your Strengths” and be expected to fill out an in-depth questionnaire online. On April 5th, a 1.5-hour presentation will present the Caret/StrengthsFinder philosophy and demonstrate the value of understanding our particular talents. Later in the day, a 45-minute 1-on-1 session with a Caret consultant will help individuals understand the significance of their talent combination and discuss any performance and career implications that this might reveal. Postdocs participating in this pilot will be expected to provide specific feedbank following the workshop on its suitability for wider application across the department and university.

A maximum of 12 postdocs from Biological Sciences will attend the StrengthsFinder pilot workshop. Postdocs will be selected on a first-come-first-serve basis. If willing and able to complete the online questionnaire, attend the April 5th morning session, schedule a 45-minute one-on-one later in the day, and provide post-workshop feedback, please email Josh Neufeld at j.neufeld@warwick.ac.uk by Friday the 23rd of February. All names in excess of the first 12 will be kept for the proposed roll-out of this voluntary workshop to the rest of the department later this year.

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