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   Research has proven that when people have the opportunity to do what they do best every day, the effect on the individual, team, and organizational performance is powerful. A strengths-based management approach incorporates the latest research on engagement and workplace performance from the Gallup organization. Using the Clifton StrengthsFinder, you will learn how to be more successful by using the unique strengths and contributions of each team member to get more done at work and increase productivity. Fee includes a Top 5 Strengths access code to take the Clifton StrengthsFinder™.
One month course; Jennifer Selke & Betsy Flanagan, instructors
Unit 1
An Introduction to Strength-based Development in the Workplace
  • Learn about talents, strengths, strengths-based development and where it fits in the workplace
  • Learn how to appreciate your unique talents in the context of your role as manager
  • Discover best practices for implementing a strengths-based program in your organization
  • Discuss the demands on companies and how a strengths-based program can meet those challenges
Unit 2
The Power of a Great Manager on Employee Engagement and Productivity
  • Identify elements of an effective manager relationship
  • Discuss the role of the manager in hiring, motivating, and leading people
  • Discuss how to manage around lesser themes to be successful
  • Gain awareness and appreciation of talents and strengths on a team
Unit 3
How to Aim the Strengths of a Team
  • Learn how strengths can make a team soar and sink
  • Define team vulnerabilities and what gives your team power and edge
  • Learn about theme domains and how they work on a team
  • Build and understand a team strengths profile
  • Discover strategies for using strengths-based development to address specific team-related issues and challenges
Unit 4
Setting Goals and Integrating Strengths into the Culture
  • Outline goals for you and your team
  • Develop an action plan for leading with strengths
  • Discuss possible pitfalls that could take you off your plan
  • Learn ways to incorporate strengths-based development into your management style for ongoing success
Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

Next offering(s):
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$245 USD
Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor
Dr. Jennifer H. Selke is fueled by her drive to connect people with meaningful work, and is dedicated to building bridges between millennials—individuals born in the 80s and 90s—and employers. Her consulting firm, WorkStrengths, provides career coaching services for 20-somethings, recent graduates, and new hires. Jennifer uses her insider understanding of millennials to train and educate a multi-generational workforce on how to develop, manage, leverage, and retain this the youngest generation of workers.
Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives
  • Discover how a strengths based management approach can improve individual motivation and retention
  • Learn how to harness a team’s strengths to improve productivity and engagement and overcome obstacles
  • Learn about strength-based development and how it is used to support managers and teams
  • Understand your role as a manager or leader and how it affects strengths on a team
  • Learn how to create a team talent map and how to build an interdependent team based on strengths 

Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes
At the end of the course, you will:
  • Understand strengths-based development and how it determines individual and team success
  • Understand how your strengths, based on the Gallup StrengthsFinder, affect your management and leadership
  • Know how to introduce strengths to a team and support it in an organization
  • Use talents and strengths to maximize individual and team goals
  • Be able to manage around team weaknesses and assign tasks based on strengths
  • Define theme vulnerabilities and what gives your team power and edge
  • Know how to map your teams talents and lead a strengths based culture
Completion Requirements