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7 Reasons Why Strengths-Based Development Just Works Better

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Most organization and leadership development approaches focus on fixing weaknesses or closing gaps. Zenger Folkman's research shows that it is the presence of strengths, not the lack of weaknesses that differentiates the best leaders. This is the only way to become an exceptional leader. And extraordinary leaders deliver exceptional and dramatically higher productivity, innovation, employee engagement, customer satisfaction, sales, and profits.

Jim Clemmer will outline this compelling research and provide practical tips for strength-based leadership drawing from Zenger Folkman's new book, How to Be Exceptional. Jim's previous company, The Achieve Group, built on Zenger Miller's leadership development programs to become Canada's largest training company. Jim and Jack's organizations are working together again with The CLEMMER Group as Zenger Folkman's Canadian Strategic Partner.

Executive Briefing Objectives:

  • Demonstrate that a strengths-based approach is twice as effective as focusing on weaknesses.
  • How strengths-based approaches dramatically boost motivation for improvement and transforms organizational culture.
  • Present an overall framework that can be used to develop leaders' strengths.
  • Outline the compelling research on using cross training or non-linear development using powerful combinations is a highly effective new way to develop strengths.
  • Show that a genuine strength cannot possibly be over developed and become a weakness.

Presenter Biography:

Jim Clemmer, Author, The Clemmer Group Inc.
Since his first leadership presentation in 1975, Jim’s practical leadership approaches have been inspiring action and achieving results. His keynote presentations, workshops, management team retreats, seven best-selling books translated into a variety of languages, articles, blog, and newsletters have helped hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Jim is a popular columnist and a regular guest on radio and television programs. He’s listed in the World’s Top 30 Most Influential Leadership Gurus based on research with 22,000 global business people, consultants, academics and MBAs. Among his many achievements, he’s especially proud of tripling the size of his forehead!

Jim holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. This is the highest earned designation in Professional Speaking. Based on rigorous criteria and Client ratings, CSP is awarded by the Global Speaker’s Federation to less than 3% of the estimated 15,000 speakers in the world. Jim is recognized as a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) by the Canadian Society for Training and Development. Jim is also a Practitioner in Residence for the masters (MASc) and doctoral (PhD) students in the University of Waterloo’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology program. 

Jim writes and speaks from plenty of “hands-on” experience. Applying the improvement and effectiveness principles he teaches, Jim co-founded and led The Achieve Group to become Canada’s largest training and consulting company. Both were purchased by Times Mirror and merged with Zenger Miller, Learning International, and Kaset, to form AchieveGlobal. Prior to developing Achieve, Jim established a very successful performance record with an international water treatment company. Starting in sales, he quickly became sales manager, trainer, and the company’s youngest general manager.


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October 2, 2012

7:30 am
Breakfast and Registration

8:00 am - 10:00 am
Session promptly begins

HRPA Learning Centre
150 Bloor Street West
Suite 200
Toronto, ON
M5S 2X9

Recertification Points:
3 Points

HRPA Members:
$89 + Taxes
$109 + Taxes


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