Strengths Based Educators and Students at NECC
What is a strength?
Strength is the ability to provide consistent, near-perfect performance in a given activity. High achievers across time and cultures do not waste their energy and talents trying to be well-rounded. When they do something well, they do it repeatedly, until they master it. This is an intuitive sign of a strength, and it is the common element for high achievers — whether they are star athletes, master teachers, award-winning scientists, innovative artists, transformational leaders or every day achievers. They focus on mastering what they do well, and they practice it until they make the amazing look easy.
Why focus on Strengths?
Too often we are lead to believe that the best path in any endeavor is to fix our weaknesses as opposed to capitalizing on our strengths. At NECC, we are committed to identifying and building on strengths. We have chosen the StrengthsQuest tool to help staff, faculty and students realize their full potential.
How do you offer the Strengths tools to staff and faculty?
Staff and faculty are introduced to the foundational concepts of strengths-based development as soon as they join the campus team. Strengths are identified and shared and play a significant role in individual and team development. New faculty are introduced to the concepts of strengths-based advising during their orientation. Staff members from across the college community (including the president) are committed to the philosophical concept of strengths development.
How are students introduced to Strengths?
Students engage with strengths development and application throughput many of their experiences in and out of the classroom, including the College Success Seminar courses, Student Leadership, Student Orientation and other program courses.
How can I learn more or request training in Strengths?
There are multiple ways to access Strengths training at NECC. Through our Center for Professional Development you can request a workshop, a facilitator for your team, a consultant in your classroom and Strengths codes for employees or students.
Who are the trained facilitators at NECC and where did they get their training?
There are trained facilitators on campus. Several people received training from Gallup while others received training from DeAnna Murphy of Strengths Discovery. (read about the workshop.) Whatever your needs are, we will find the right person for you to connect with.
For more information, contact Sharon McManus of Professional Development, at Smcmanus@necc.mass.edu
For information on StrengthsQuest through Gallup or Strengths Discovery, visit the following links: