Your Strengths Blueprint by Michelle McQuaid

  • Friday, March 6, 2015


  • Webinar

    Washington, DC (map)

  • In 2001, only 2 out of 10 employees did what they do best at work.
    In 2015, 5 out of 10 people are building on their strengths.

    How is this possible?
    Employees are driving a strengths revolution in our workplaces.

    It’s clear that a growing number of organizations and managers have prioritized knowing and building the strengths of their employees and are seeing the results. However, employees not fortunate enough to have leaders who understand the value of helping people do more of the things they’re good at and enjoy doing, are taking matters into their own hands.

    The numbers speak for themselves.

    • Despite having neither organizational nor supervisor support for focusing on their strengths, 49% of employees are still able to name their strengths and 26% still find the opportunity to do what they do best each day.
    • 71% of employees who believe their managers can name their strengths feel engaged and energized by their work. These employees are the most likely (61%) to be leaping out of bed in the morning to get to work.
    • For those organizations who are focused on strengths, 77% of their employees report they are flourishing, engaged and able to make things happen at work.

    Consequently this new data suggests we’re approaching a tipping point when it comes to the development of strengths in our workplaces.

    What’s driving these results?
    The right conversations.

    Hear Michelle McQuaid speak more about this and her new book – Your Strengths Blueprint.

    Michelle McQuaid is a best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher and playful change activator. With more than a decade of senior leadership experience in large organizations around the world, she’s passionate about translating cutting-edge research from positive psychology and neuroscience, into practical strategies for health, happiness, and business success. An honorary fellow at Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education, she blogs for Psychology Today, Huffington Post and Live Happy and her work has been featured in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Boss Magazine, The Age and more. She holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently completing her PhD in Appreciative Inquiry under the supervision of David Cooperrider. Michelle lives to help people discover their strengths, move beyond their fears, and finally discover what it truly takes to flourish with confidence.


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About Shannon Polly, MAPP

Shannon M. Polly is a corporate communications trainer, facilitator and speaker and founder of Shannon Polly & Associates, a leadership development company in downtown D.C. Shannon works with executives, managers and employees of Fortune 500 companies in two areas: executive presence/presentation skills (based on over a decade of experience as a professional actor/singer in New York) and positive psychology. Shannon is one the first 100 people in the world who have received her Master in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Martin Seligman. She also holds a graduate degree from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in classical acting and a B.A. with honors from Yale University. She also holds a coaching certificate from the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program.