MBIE Data, Strategy & Knowledge Branch

Useful Resources

Kia Ora DSK Branch

This website has lots of useful resources including CliftonStrengths resources (for individuals and teams) plus info on DSK workshops and content that Antonia has facilitated for the DSK Branch.  These resources will help you dive into your strengths in more detail (and as you’re a Branch that leads with the Input talent theme, I thought you may like all this info!).  You can browse through/download resources that you find most relevant for you and your teams.   This website will be live for a limited period of time (until 31 December).  These resources have come from a variety of sources, generously shared as part of the CliftonStrengths community (source/person/company name is mentioned within each link/download, where relevant). Many of these activities are best if run with a CliftonStrengths coach facilitating you to do so, but feel free to try them out yourself. Enjoy 🙂

Bringing out the BEST in you as a team.  Building awareness, appreciation and application of your strengths

For Individuals

Name it - Claim it - Aim it - Tame it

An Introduction to Strengths with a fun worksheet for individual talent themes on how to deepen your knowledge and apply your strengths.

Podcasts for Strengths

List of useful podcasts on ALL 34 talent themes (includes short 1min versions of all 34 talent themes – a “must listen to” for anyone learning the language of strengths!)

Balconies and Basements

Balconies and Basements of our talent themes or Helps and Hinders identify how your talents may play out when they’re thriving vs. surviving or how others may sometimes perceive them.

Responding To Change

How might our talent themes respond to change?

How might they accept, support or resist change? A useful worksheet on all 34 talent themes and how they can respond to change.

CliftonStrengths and the 4 Domains

CliftonStrengths and the 4 Domains – a helpful blog if you’re concerned about being ‘unbalanced’ in a particular strengths colour/domain.

CliftonStrengths Cheat Sheet

CS34 short descriptions- cheatsheet.

A two-pager ‘cheatsheet’ of descriptions for all 34 talent themes.

Theme Dynamics

Theme dynamics – glean insights.

How do your themes blend together?  Use this worksheet to discover some powerful combinations.

Strengths-Based Leadership Action Guide

How do your talent themes feed the “Four Needs of Followers” (Trust, Stability, Compassion, Hope) – referenced from Tom Rath’s book “Strengths Based Leadership and the 4 Needs of Followers”, this is an awesome resource to figure out how you best lead others (based on your dominant talent themes).

Should I retake the Clifton Strengths Assessment?

Thinking about re-taking the CliftonStrengths assessment?  Read this first.

For Teams

Strengths Crossword

Online version or in-person version: printout one-pager here (and the answers!)

Strengths Bingo

A fun team activity! 

Love - Crazy - Envy

Great activity for teams about the things you ‘love’ about your talent themes, things that drive you a bit ‘crazy’ and things that you ‘envy’ in others that they have and would love more of yourself.

Shipwreck

Shipwreck icebreaker (a great strengths icebreaker activity to do as a team).

Sorting Your Themes

A visual activity about ‘where do you place your talent themes?’. Spot talents in each other that can come out to play more!

Powerful Partnerships - Speed Dating

Speed dating using the “Power of 2” powerful partnerships framework.

5C’s of Strengths-Based teams

A useful worksheet with questions you can ask in your team/work setting – how can you become more of a strengths-based team, based on these 5C’s?

So, what’s the next step?

  1. Visualise your strengths everywhere (e.g. use your Name Tent on your desk, add your dominant talents to your email signature).  The more you can see your strengths (and others), the more you’ll tune into them.
  2. Explore ALL your dominant talents (usually top 9-13 in our profile) – build awareness, appreciation and application of them – use the “Name it – Claim it – Aim it – Tame it” worksheet above, or listen to the podcasts as a great way to learn more of the depth of your talent themes.
  3. Choose a ‘Strength of the Day’ to focus on – observe it in action and reflect on how it’s helped you during the day (strengths muscle press-ups!)
  4. Try out some of the team activities above as check-ins for upcoming team meetings.

Your Workshops – Slides & Resources

Below are the resources and materials from your workshops with Antonia.

Month, Date

A wonderful day getting together in person for the first time as a DSK Branch. Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari kē he toa takitini. Success is not in the work of an individual, but in the work of many. This whakataukī acknowledges team effort, that one’s success is due to the support and contribution of many.

ABOUT
  • Despite Covid-19 scuppering our plans to get together in-person as a newly formed Fair Trading Branch, we got together virtually on 24 June 2021. Theme: ‘Forming well’ as a group. 
    • We made the most of this shortened/virtual time together and took stock of our current landscape (past, present and future) and had Adrienne and Vanessa talk with us about the new ComCom structure and branches, ‘Fit for Future’, and the vision for the Fair Trading branch.
    • We explored Tuckman’s model (forming, storming, norming, performing) of the stages of teams, identified where we fit in this model, and our focus on ‘forming’.
    • “Best of Us” – we played with a giant online whiteboard with flying post-its and shared what brings out the best and worst in us as individuals, what others can count on us for, and what we need from others in order to perform at our best.
    • Dr. Rebecca Foley from Regulatory Stewardship Branch, MBIE – came to speak to us about “Servants & Stewards: our role in creating public value”
    • Carissa shared an overview of the Business Plan 2021/22, our four strategic pillars and the Branch goals for 2021/22.

     

    Download the June 2021 resources via the buttons below:

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PHOTOS

Month, Date

A wonderful day getting together in person for the first time as a DSK Branch. Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari kē he toa takitini. Success is not in the work of an individual, but in the work of many. This whakataukī acknowledges team effort, that one’s success is due to the support and contribution of many.

ABOUT
  • Despite Covid-19 scuppering our plans to get together in-person as a newly formed Fair Trading Branch, we got together virtually on 24 June 2021. Theme: ‘Forming well’ as a group. 
    • We made the most of this shortened/virtual time together and took stock of our current landscape (past, present and future) and had Adrienne and Vanessa talk with us about the new ComCom structure and branches, ‘Fit for Future’, and the vision for the Fair Trading branch.
    • We explored Tuckman’s model (forming, storming, norming, performing) of the stages of teams, identified where we fit in this model, and our focus on ‘forming’.
    • “Best of Us” – we played with a giant online whiteboard with flying post-its and shared what brings out the best and worst in us as individuals, what others can count on us for, and what we need from others in order to perform at our best.
    • Dr. Rebecca Foley from Regulatory Stewardship Branch, MBIE – came to speak to us about “Servants & Stewards: our role in creating public value”
    • Carissa shared an overview of the Business Plan 2021/22, our four strategic pillars and the Branch goals for 2021/22.

     

    Download the June 2021 resources via the buttons below:

  • BUTTON HYPERLINK ONE
  • BUTTON HYPERLINK TWO
  • BUTTON HYPERLINK THREE
  • BUTTON HYPERLINK FOUR
PHOTOS

Additional Tools

Extra resources and materials for you and the team!