The potential for strength-based strategy is also boundless, say fans. Michele Australie has put about 250 managers at The St. Paul Companies Inc. through strengths training in the past year. Like Toyota's Morrison, Australie, manager of curriculum development for the Minnesota-based insurance company, says that interest and attendance have been amazingly strong. More importantly, however, she predicts that she'll be seeing positive bottom-line results within the next year.
“I can’t measure it directly right now, but give me about a year and I think we’ll see higher levels of engagement, higher levels of job satisfaction, and higher productivity from employees because they’re doing the work that they do best,” says Australie. “In a nutshell, we’ll have the right people in the right jobs.”