Strengthscope’s Learning & Skills Insights talk at the CIPD Annual Exhibition 2023

Strengths, not skills will empower the workforce of the future

With limited time and resources for learning and development, how can we harness employees’ innate energy and motivation to cultivate a continuous learning and growth mindset?

This week, our very own Scott Christie, Head of Training & Integration, delivered an inspiring talk at the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition in Manchester on a topic near and dear to us here at Strengthscope: empowering the workforce of the future with strengths.

Scott started by getting the audience to think about what really motivates them and makes them jump out of bed in the morning. The resounding answer was focusing on people’s natural strengths! He then shared his career story, which didn’t follow a traditional path based on expected skills and experience. Instead, Scott leveraged his innate strengths like strategic thinking, creativity, and relationship building to create his career.

A key insight Scott shared was that in today’s rapidly changing business environment, skills and training alone are not enough to drive engagement and performance. Employees need self-awareness of their unique strengths to thrive. Our strengths-based assessments provide this insight by identifying each individual’s top 7 signature strengths among 24 scientifically validated strengths.

Understanding these 7 strengths is the first step to unlocking peak performance. People can then learn to manage their energy, make decisions, and connect with others based on their authentic strengths rather than trying to force fit into job descriptions. As Scott explained, strengths are role-agnostic – they empower you to succeed in any job by playing to your natural motivators.

With strengths awareness, employees are intrinsically motivated to develop themselves in the flow of work every day rather than relying on generic training programs. This not only drives retention and engagement but also enables companies to build agile workforces that can adapt to change.

At Strengthscope, our mission is to reveal the unique strengths of people across the world, enabling them to bring their most authentic and inspired selves to work every day. We believe a strengths-based approach is the key to empowering the workforce of the future.

About the author

Scott Christie, Head of Training & Integration at Strengthscope

Scott has the reputation of ‘Mr Strengthscope’ as he describes himself. He is a walking, breathing case study of how using strengths can help you achieve happiness and success in your career. Scott has worked with international clients such as Siemens, Amazon Web Services, and Schaeffler, in addition to fast-growth start-ups and public sector organisations such as Met Police and the NHS.

He loves helping people find their own lightbulb moments that can transform the way they look at a challenge. He works on the design and delivery of our tailored, public and virtual training courses.

Scott’s top three strengths are developing others, self-improvement and strategic mindedness.