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Using strengths to drive career success

Paul Brewerton (Director at Strengths Partnership, Wimbledon, UK)

Strategic HR Review

ISSN: 1475-4398

Article publication date: 18 October 2011




The purpose of this article is to describe the practical applications around the “strengths” philosophy that was first pioneered in the USA during the late 1990s and early 2000s. It will give an introduction to the strengths approach and will reference two organizations' implementation of the approach.


This article is based on the author's experience of working with two organizations that implemented the strengths approach to deliver specific outcomes. In both cases the approach subsequently improved people management processes.


The strengths approach was found to be successful in delivering specific outcomes and the case studies provide evidence that the approach enables leaders and staff to feel better equipped and confident about their abilities.


This paper adds value to the practitioner community by offering practical examples of applications of the strengths approach and would be a useful guide to any HR professional.



Brewerton, P. (2011), "Using strengths to drive career success", Strategic HR Review, Vol. 10 No. 6, pp. 5-10.



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