June 10, 2020

Strengths, weaknesses, and the danger of disengagement, with Darren Virassammy

Episode 944:

Darren Virassammy is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of 34 Strong, a team that believes everyone deserves a great place to work and that any workplace can be great. A leading expert in the global employee engagement community, the 34 Strong team leverages the Strengths-Based approach to human development to create massive shifts within organizations, both culturally and on the bottom line. He and his team have created sustainable change in small microbusinesses, all the way up to large organizational teams at the FDA, Bank of America, American Licorice, and The California Department of Public Health. Recently, Darren has served as keynote for Hitachi Global Women’s Conference, The Rotary World Peace Conference, The Professional Grounds Management Society, and Author Mike Michalowicz Profit Con (where he also closed down the conference by performing a solo bass guitar piece he composed titled Metamorphosis as a tribute to the journey of entrepreneurs) Darren’s 34 Strong Business partner, Brandon Miller is the co-author (with his wife Analyn Miller) of a Strengths-Based Parenting book titled: Play to Their Strengths due out in July of 2019.

What you will learn from this episode:

  • How a transformational moment with his young daughter awoke Darren to his own potential and forced him to reevaluate his life and goals
  • Why Darren’s personal experiences feeling simultaneously engaged and disengaged between two different jobs helped to inform his work today
  • Why Darren chose to name his company 34 Strong after being inspired by Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0
  • Why business owners too often minimize or devalue the power of their own strengths, and why leaning into your top strengths is the key to success
  • Why as much as 70% of an employee’s level of engagement or disengagement is tied to their manager
  • Why 82% of promotions into management roles are based on technical skills and tenure but neglect the importance of talent and training
  • Why playing to your strengths and managing around your weaknesses can help improve engagement across your organization
  • How Darren’s “Grind, Greatness, Genius” cycle can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and determine where to focus your time
  • What key lesson Darren learned from a Grammy award-winning bass musician mentor that can be applied to daily habits within your business
  • Why joining a mastermind group can be a powerful resource to give you a fresh perspective on your business

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Stephen Woessner

Stephen is the CEO of Predictive ROI and host of the Onward Nation podcast. He is the author of two bestselling books, speaker, trainer, and his digital marketing insights have been featured in SUCCESS, Entrepreneur, The Washington Post, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and other media.