Thursday, October 12, 2006

Operating from a Place of Strengths

Intelligent Coaching E-Brief

Operating from a Place of Strengths


Date: October 12, 2006 Volume 1, Number 6


In this Issue:

Knowing your Strengths
Structure your Environment
Benefits of a Strengths' Perspective


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Knowing your Strengths

Where do your natural strengths lie? Consider things that people have told you throughout your life. Think about times when you felt very fulfilled and satisfied. What were you specifically doing at the time? Ask people who know you well and people you work closely with, "what they see you doing comfortably and repeatedly". Note the common pieces from all these activities. Your awareness of these natural strengths will serve you in the future, if not immediately.


Structure your Environment

How much of your workday is spent doing what you do best? This is important because, operating in your areas of natural strengths are where you will be the most effective! Think about structuring your environment so that you can spend more and more of your time on tasks that you're naturally good at and that come easy to you. These may be things that come so naturally to you, you're not even aware that you're doing them. For the other hundred things that you do, see who around you may have natural strengths in some of those other areas. Then, trade some of your tasks with that person or better yet, delegate the tasks within your group or organization to fit with people's individual strengths.


Benefits of a Strengths' Perspective

So, why do you want to take a strengths' approach opposed to a weaknesses' approach in your life and your organization? First, doesn't it feel simply a little nicer when you think, "strengths"? Now, listen to yourself say it, "strengths". For so long we have talked about our weaknesses within our society. Many of us have even worked to remediate our weaknesses and, likely that was needed. However, will you ever become brilliant and completely comfortable with details, organization, competition, or communication, if it is something that is naturally challenging to you? Not likely. So, why not embrace what naturally comes easy to you and what you do well? It can be freeing and motivating when you get used to this shift in perspective. What's more, the research suggests that you will then have: higher productivity, lower turnover, and higher customer satisfaction!


Imagine the possibilities!

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