Let’s take inventory. First, playing with your strengths means remembering them, then using some of them in new situations, all the while using a range of strengths to avoid the possibility of overuse, and deploying your strengths in situations where you are already using one or more acquired behaviours (s). Let’s take this strategy to the next and final stage in this last tip: if we can use strengths rather than learned habits, how about using strengths rather than weaknesses? This does not get rid of the vulnerability, but it does circumvent it. Have a look at Newell Strength to get more info on this.
There are two methods of doing this. In tip #4, the first is similar to what I described: find a power that can be replaced. If I had not had a learned pattern that encouraged me to speak up in a meeting, then the weakness to resolve and counterpoint the solution would have been the emphasis. But sometimes it’s not possible to substitute power. Then search for qualities in others: it can be a boon to colleagues. In a work setting, many people who lack the strength of detail – the ability to quickly spot inaccuracies – risk underperforming. “look around you and find your detail-strong colleague: then ask them to review your work and spot your mistakes “Look around you and find your strong, informative colleague: then ask them to review your job and spot your mistakes. Chances are you’re going to have a strength that your colleague lacks and the two of you will share control! That’s what different teams do.
But you’ve got five tips to help you recognise your strengths, turn them up and replace them with learned habits and weaknesses. Stop power-overuse and do not hesitate to exploit the strengths of others (delegation is another term…) Any feedback or reactions to any of these tips? Do you know your strengths well already? If so, how do you go about taking advantage of them?
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