Big, strong, intelligent, good memory, family orientated, nice strengths to have.
Forget your weaknesses they will take you nowhere
It’s too easy to point out weaknesses in people where it is far better to find their strengths and build on them. A person can only perform well using their strengths, you cannot build performance on weaknesses.
Every enterprise owner who expects good performance learns to maximise the strengths and minimise the weaknesses of all employees and volunteers on the team.
If you cannot see where you are going, ask a practical person who has been there before. Today the lines between mentoring and networking are blurring.
“If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll get nothing done”. Norman Vincent Peale
How to focus your organisation on its strengths
Step 1. Prepare a list of the personal top ten strengths you have as the leader.
Step 2. You write a list you consider to be the top ten strengths that really drive your organisation.
Step 3. Ask team members to write their top five personal strengths and what they consider to be the top 5 strengths of the business on a 3×5 index card (or similar) before they come to the next meeting of all staff. Ask them to put their initials on the card and not to discuss with others before the meeting.
Step 4. Introduce your card with what you consider to be the top 10 strengths of the business and hold a short discussion.
Step 5. Introduce the list of strengths below and ask each person to pick what they consider being their personal strengths
Step 6. Give each participant fresh list and ask them to tick all the strengths they think the business has.
Step 7. In a small group, you can quickly put up the top 10 strengths of the business. Bigger groups can be compiled for the next meeting.
Step 8.Explore ways to increase the understanding of the strengths of the business and ways to maximise and develop those strengths.
Step 9. Conclude the meeting with a discussion about insights gained and what you and your staff learned about their strengths and those of the business.
Step 10.If time permits the 3×5 index cards can be swapped for comments and suggestion from others.
Step 11. Compile all the strengths lists to discuss at the next meeting.
- Adjust the above steps to suit your circumstances.
- Don’t be tempted to send out the following list of strength before the meeting as you want participants to put some thought into it from their perspective.
- Include your own strengths in the conversation to make it interesting. Have them write your top three strengths with illustrations.
- Weaknesses should not be discussed at this meeting.
- Discuss weaknesses at a different meeting. Don’t use a discussion about strengths as an opportunity to bring up weaknesses.
- Develop weaknesses that block the effective use of strengths.
Wide-ranging list of strengths to use
This is by no means an exhaustive list of strengths but it will make a good start. You should add other skills that are important to the business.
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“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength”. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Like with all good things, “if you don’t use them your lose them’. Improvement and changes occur as a result of small, regular efforts. I have often experienced situations where I apply my strengths to a bad situation or a job I don’t like, I am able to keep things moving forward and upward.
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When I start working with a new client I ask a few key questions, one of which is “Could you tell me what you top five strengths are”? Most have no real idea about their strengths and what they can mean to their organisation if they are harnessed.
When was first told I should only be working to your strengths I was a bit surprised, and if I hadn’t respected the person I would have dismissed it. I simply had no idea what that really meant, as I was always told to fix my weaknesses. It was quite a revelation to me to start working to my strengths and forgetting about my weaknesses, but it worked for me.
Keep in mind that all strengths can have a negative side that can get you into trouble if your passion and excitement causes you to overdo things. Always make sure the people are keeping up with you.