Approved for Professional Development Credit (PDC) through SHRM and
for (General ) Recertification Credit through HRCI
Energizers & Drainers: Using Strengths to Improve Team Effectiveness
In this interactive session, participants will gain hands-on experience applying the concept of strengths-based leadership to day-to-day work group management. Exercises will give participants the opportunity to gain insight into how their strengths impact their own task performance and then to practice one way to use that insight to make better task assignments. Participants will also explore how a mis-applied strength can become a performance limitation and will practice a method for recognizing when that happens and for getting the situation back on track.
1. Define “energizers” and “drainers” and explain their implications for individual and team performance.
2. Use understanding of energizers and drainers to allocate work tasks for increased productivity and job satisfaction.
3. Integrate strengths-based thinking into their day-to-day management activities.
4. Recognize when a “strength” has become a performance limitation and make, or help an employee to make, appropriate adjustments to regain balance.
Dr. Julie Rennecker
Julie Rennecker, PhD, Founder & Chief Catalyst of Syzygy Teams, is a scholar-practitioner committed to using and teaching evidence-based methods for simultaneously improving organization performance and employee engagement. Her research and consulting projects have taken her behind the scenes of diverse Fortune 500 technology firms, including computer hardware, software, semiconductor, cloud storage, and medical technology companies. She earned her doctorate in Organizational Behavior from MIT’s Sloan School of Management where she studied teams and technology change. She then served on the Information Systems faculty at Case Western Reserve University where she taught in both the MBA and Executive Education programs. With more than 20 years’ experience conducting research and advising executives, Julie brings a unique synthesis of academic knowledge and field-tested methodologies to bear on the human aspects of complex product development and technology-related change. She is certified in Appreciative Inquiry, a strengths-based change methodology, and as a Strengthscope™ Practitioner.
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