The great philosopher Aristotle said, “Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.” In Atlanta Public Schools, the needs of 50,000 students and the talents of 5,500 employees intersect. Whether we serve as teachers, bus drivers, coaches, custodians, principals or in other positions, each of us owns a special piece of our school district’s mission: With a caring culture of trust and collaboration, every student will graduate ready for college and career. To serve our students better, we must understand our talents deeply, use our strengths fully and support each other more.
Strengths Make a Difference
People who know and use their strengths every day …
…have higher levels of energy
…are more likely to achieve their goals
…are more confident
…experience less stress
When you discover your greatest talents, you realize your greatest opportunity for excellence.
Three Phases of Strengths Development
Make your strengths your own. Identify what these strengths mean to you.
Appreciate the unique power and value you have and what you bring to others.
Flex your strengths. Intentionally practice using and developing your strengths.