Using Strengths-Based Approaches to Improve Performance

10 July 2007

Delfina, 50 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UD

As organisations look for new ways to improve both personal and organisational performance, many are turning to positive psychology and strengths-based performance management to understand what drives and motivates success.

Following on from CRF's 2006 Masterclass on Appreciative Inquiry, this workshop adopted a hands on approach to understand why and how organisations use the approach, assess process and leadership requirements and identify implementation issues for HR and senior leaders.

In order to survive and succeed, organisations must find new ways to improve both personal and organisational performance. This workshop explored how to put into practice the increasingly popular approach of positive psychology and strengths-based performance management. It follows on from CRF's 2006 Masterclass on Appreciative Inquiry by Professor David Cooperrider. This new thinking challenges conventional wisdom, which typically focuses on fixing the weaknesses that reduce performance. Instead, positive psychology concentrates on what drives and motivates success. But what kind of organisation culture, processes and leadership are required to maximise the potential of such a strengths-based ‘revolution'?
The workshop reviewed the research evidence to support this approach, why and how organisations are using it, practical applications of people processes, and implementation issues for HR and senior leaders. It featured presentations, table discussions, case studies, a practitioner panel and a chance to practise using a strengths-based tool.