We all have weaknesses. Chances are that these attributes or activities are your weakness because you don’t like them very much. And if your peers or your colleagues spend too much time focussing on your weaknesses it’s likely that you’re going to go home from work each day feeling pretty bad about yourself. As an alternative, I believe that it’s far more valuable to focus on your strengths. In fact, I’d advise that you focus 70% of your attention on your strengths, 20% on new skills and just 10% on your weaknesses.
In order to do this, you need clarity around what your strengths really are. How do you do this? Well there are various assessments that you can access online to identify where your strong points lie. Everyone has a unique combination of strengths and talents; and you can think of these as being a bit like your fingerprint. At Nebula, we strive to be a strength-based business. The idea behind this is that each member of the team is given the chance to play to his/her strengths; and in areas where someone might be less proficient, others will pick up the slack. This means pairing people up with different strengths to get a positive result.
For example, let’s imagine that running is not a strength of yours, but you’d really like to complete a half marathon. Running may not be something you’re “good” at but if you’re determined and diligent enough you can train and work hard in order to reach your goals.
As a leader, if you want to create a strength-based business you need to help the individual members of your team to identify their strengths and make sure that people with their different strengths complement each other. And if each member in a team knows where each other’s strengths lie they can learn from each other, and lean on each other, accordingly.
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