Foster creativity and increase learning across the whole team

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Describe ALL of your skills and attributes and list how you use them as an educator.

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1. Name group strengths

In your group, name each strength out loud and discuss how those strengths might be applied in your roles in the team. Write down each strength:

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2. Apply individual strengths to achieve the Centre goals

In your group, speak to the strengths of each individual team member and suggest how the team might take advantage of others’ strengths and listen to what the team has to say. Look beyond your daily role to the role of the Centre to see whether demonstrated strengths can be used in neglected areas of the business.

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3. Assign team tasks based on team members’ strengths.

You would never intentionally assign tasks based on weaknesses, but you might overlook strengths unless they’ve surfaced. In your groups, collectively discuss all strengths as a team and where they fit on a daily basis. How could others learn this strength / skill?

Educator’s strengths identified How this strength could be utilised on a daily basis based on Centre needs How could this strength be implemented across the team to increase learning and support professional development

4. Encourage team members to act as “strengths advocates” to help others use their talents and gifts more fully.

Identify members of the team to be leaders and motivators within their roles. Consider cross-training among teammates who have specific strengths by forming mentoring relationships. This cross-training lets strong team members develop their training abilities, while the mentees receive some good modelling and a chance to strengthen their skills.

Developing your teams’ individual competencies has other benefits, but watching team members grow into their roles and develop their skills can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a career.


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