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strengths work

Strengths Work, Are You Capitalizing On Them?

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Have you forgotten to focus on your strengths? Does a focus on your strengths work?

I should brush up on my accounting skills, you never know when you’ll need them.

I’m looking for a good book about marketing. Do you know of any?

My experience should speak for itself, but I think I could benefit from some higher-level management skills.

Does any of this sound like you? Are any of these close to some of the questions you ask yourself?

Building More Skills

Skill and knowledge expansion is wonderful. Seeking to understand more by reading or participating in a seminar or course work is also fantastic.

Nearly everyone who is career or goal minded believes that more knowledge is better. They work to fill gaps and fix weaknesses.

Nothing wrong with that. In fact, it is a great idea!

There is a looming question though.

Have you considered your strengths?

You probably didn’t get hired because of your weaknesses. You may not have been hired because of gaps in your knowledge base.

Most likely, you were hired because of your strengths.

Academia works to give you a well-rounded education. The further you go with education, the more well-rounded you hopefully become. While there is a focus in your course of study, electives and other curriculum are built into your degree.

It makes sense. All of it.

Yet, have you ever considered putting more focus on your strengths?

Strengths Work

We’re so often taught about fixing weaknesses that sometimes we forget about being the absolute best with our strengths.

Learning and growing is an investment. It’s an investment in you.

Most people aren’t hired, picked, or recommended because they are average.

Analyze strengths, weaknesses, and strive to fill gaps.

Don’t forget though, building more strength may be the fastest way to get selected.

Selected for anything.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Listing Strengths and Weaknesses

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Do you recognize your strengths? What about weaknesses, are you aware and motivated to do something about them? When you start listing strengths and weaknesses your next move is either change or denial. What will it be for you?

Self-Assessment

What do you see first? Do you see the strengths or weaknesses in your own performance? You can’t be great at everything and you probably aren’t terrible either. Do you care enough to make changes?

Many managers and organizations become (subconsciously) focused on weaknesses. In their effort to be effective at problem solving and firefighting they learn to approach deficiencies with rigor and flare.

You must wonder, which is better, focus your energy and effort on growing strengths or fixing weaknesses?

Grow Talents?

If I am the football coach and I observe the excellent skills of a quarterback do I try to make him a defensive tackle? I’m not suggesting that is impossible, but honestly, would it make much sense? If blocking and tackling isn’t his thing should we fix it?

Sometimes we must focus on growing our talents and not on fixing our weaknesses.

Certainly, some people would like to approach their strengths and weaknesses with balance. Place some effort on both areas. Capitalize on strengths and talents and build or improve some of the deficiencies. Perhaps a good plan.

Listing Strengths and Weaknesses

Still others may consider that self-assessment and reflection doesn’t really matter all the much, just jump in and get something accomplished. In their mind, deny the importance of assessment in the first place, and let’s just get moving sounds like the best plan.

If you don’t know where you are at, or where you are going, it is going to be hard to express where you are headed.

Create your list, know it well, build a personal strategic plan and make sure you aren’t in denial.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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