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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.


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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When weakness is exposed to the light of reality...Our part to play begins

May 19, 2017 06:04 AM #30
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Grant, thanks for a very positive approach to improving our strengths.

It always is best when we utilize who we are and what we have to work with and make that the most effective resource.


May 19, 2017 06:29 AM #31
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Grant,
Your collaborative talents are an excellent strength and very important in real estate, for sure!   I can certainly relate to making "stupid mistakes" in haste.  I think we're all guilty of that.   Thanks so much for the entry!

May 19, 2017 06:41 AM #32
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Grant Schneider 

Yep I get making stupid mistakes because of rushing, now and then! I like the idea of blind spots or non-talents rather than weaknesses! I'm not surprised about your strength - it shows in your writing!!


May 19, 2017 06:48 AM #33
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, you do write very well, and rushing does create mistakes.  Congrats on the Gold Star.

May 19, 2017 07:50 AM #34
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I all have weak points that we need to work on. Slow down or taking however long to get it done right.

Thanks for your participation.


May 19, 2017 09:37 AM #35
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well done Grant! My favorite part was that you don't use "weakness"...

 I refer to these as my non talents." 

May 19, 2017 05:33 PM #36
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Lise - yes, that is the way I see it too.

Dorie - thank you.  I was a great exercise.

Gabe - how about that!

Mick - why not.  That works!

Richie - yes, true.

John - when we work on our strengths we do things with passion.

Carol - I enjoyed your thought provoking contest.

Jeff - thank you so much for that nice compliment.

Joan - thanks.  I really appreciate it.

Sam - yes, that is one thing we all have to do with those weak points.  Slow down.

Sharon - glad you liked that.


May 19, 2017 09:53 PM #37
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good Saturday morning, Grant. Have a lovely weekend.

May 20, 2017 05:08 AM #38
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

So important to capitalize on what you're good at, and identifying what you need to work on makes you even better :)

May 20, 2017 07:49 AM #39
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Roy - I am having a lovely weekend.  The weather is great.

Wayne and Jean - the main thing is not to let you get stuck with it and if you can't improve it delegate it.

May 21, 2017 05:27 AM #40
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Grant Scheider,  great feature and always interesting what we all have to say on the topic.  I am still working on mine yet.  Have a great day!


May 21, 2017 08:02 AM #41
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Grant, I am learning more an more that it is important to mazimize our strengths and minimize our weaknesses and also not to shoehorn in something that isn't our talent.  Still a work in progress, as we all are. -Kasey

May 21, 2017 08:47 AM #42
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Front Gate Realty ~ 601-991-2900 Office

I envision you as "looking at the big picture" instead of dwelling on the non-essentials. Am I right? That's how I tend to work. I realize the details need to be taken care of, but my focus is on the end result, and if someone else can take care of the math problems for you (as in your example), then that is the better use of your time.

May 21, 2017 09:22 AM #43
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Grant -- non-talents, I like it....accentuate the positive.  

May 21, 2017 10:05 AM #44
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Grant- your "non-talents" are ones that I could live with, but yes sometimes we have to try to slow down with what we're doing. That said, your strengths show in what you teach us through your posts. 

May 21, 2017 06:14 PM #45
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Will - thank you.  Look forward to continually improving.

Kasey - it will result in less stress and more results.

Pat - wow, you have me figured out.  I do like to see the big picture.

Michael - I always try to accentuate the positive.

Kathy - thank you so much.

May 22, 2017 03:59 AM #46
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Funny how some people assess themselves, Grant Schneider ... some seeing only strength, others only their weakness.  But you're right, most humans have a heaping helping of both ...

Acknowledging them and then working with them to your advantage can be challenging.  Your posts help us sort it out ... thank you ...


May 24, 2017 10:23 AM #47
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Understanding your weaknesses is the most important step. A lot of people just ignore or even protect their destructive habits...

May 24, 2017 11:26 PM #48
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Gene - you are right.  We do have both.

Inna - protecting destructive habits is very bad.


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