We have been given a challenge by Carol Williams to discuss our strengths but then also talk about our weaknesses. This is a good challenge because, to be honest, we do have both.
I strongly believe that we should be leveraging our strengths and minimizing our weaknesses not fretting over them. That is not always the case as, for example, the way we handle our children's report card. Our child gets an A in Math, a B in Science, and a C in English. What do we do? We talk about bringing up the C in English rather than seeing if we can get our child some extra learning to leverage his outstanding math score. I leverage my strengths and minimize my weaknesses.
My strengths are that people have always looked to me as a collaborator and consensus builder. Naturally, I seek opportunities where I can use those strengths. I have served on various non profit boards and have facilitated strategic sessions and S.W.O.T. sessions. In my consulting practice I have a fact finding tool called DIALOG. My facilitation sessions using this result in transformation of the work team.
So now I will talk about my weaknesses. I refer to these as my non talents. Sometimes these are described as blind spots. Well my blind spot is this. In the process of working very quickly I might overlook something. The first time I took an assessment I began to see where this had been a problem. In high school I might miss a math problem even though I knew how to solve it. But my failure to check my work left me with a stupid mistake.
I address this issue by slowing down and going over what I do. Sometimes, however, this does not work so I minimize it by getting someone else to handle it.
Thank you Carol Williams for this thought provoking exercise.