FIND YOUR SKILL THAN GET PASSION

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I was just reading an article in INC where Marc Cuban saying finding your passion does not lead to success. If you do something you do well, you will become inspired and that will generate passion.

Find those inner strengths in your team then help them use their strengths create new levels of performance as their excitement and passion builds.

Do you have a child who came home with report card that had A’s , B’s, and C’s? I will bet you went to those C’s and started criticizing. What about your team? Do you spend more time on underperformance and celebrating successes?

We fall into the same trap in our own lives as well as with our staff and team members. Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths, much less the ability to build our lives around them. Instead, guided by our parents and others from the time we were growing up, we end up living lives that have been influenced by them. This results in working on our weaknesses while neglecting our strengths and our dreams.

According to Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton, authors of “Now, Discover Your Strengths”, this results in loss of profits and as waste of human potential. They cite the Gallop organization in their twelve-question employee engagement survey. Gallop has spent over a decade surveying people worldwide on the topic of employee engagement. Employee engagement is defined as how positive and productive people are at work.   Only one third of all surveyed employees responded positively to the statement “At work I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.”   The costs of this mistake are staggering.

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First, if members of your team are not engaged because they are not utilizing their skills they may check out mentally or leave your organization all together. The best approach for you is to learn your employees’ strengths. There are ways of doing this including getting to know your employees and observing them at work.

If you observe an employee that is always early, never misses deadline, does a complete and thorough job, but does not enjoy working in abstract or making projections don’t place him in a job that requires project management and planning. He excels at execution and deliverables. He will thrive at that and enjoy it. I know of a chemist who had many patents created for his company. The company promoted him to head off the pilot (test) plant. He hated it because he could not use his creative strengths.

Find the strengths of everyone on your team; leverage those strengths by giving them assignments that put those strengths to use. You will have happier engaged employees and a high performing team.  For a similar post on our web site see SKILLS PLUS PASSION EQUALS RESULTS.

Let us help you identify your team members’ strengths leading passion for outstand results.

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Comments (26)

Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What wonderful advice. Highlight other's strengths - that's often not done.

Sep 26, 2022 05:19 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Grant. Getting everyone on the team to utilize their strengths and work on their weaknesses makes a successful team. Understanding the niches and assigning them is in itself an art form. Excellent post. Enjoy your day.

Sep 26, 2022 05:32 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Roy - thanks for your support.

Kat - yes think about it.  I think you did just that with your business in Montana.

Wayne - it certainly it an art and is gets better by practicing and then failing.

Sep 26, 2022 05:47 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Grant... I agree with Mark Cuban in this regard (and with you). And I've seen it many times... when parents focus more on what their child isn't so good at versus helping them build confidence and skills at what they are good at.

Sep 26, 2022 06:13 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Nina - that is for sure.  I saw it with the parents of one of my best friends when he was growing up.

Sep 26, 2022 06:20 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Grant Schneider ,

Wow! Such a powerful post...finding the strengths of everyone on your team; leverage those strengths will always result in success. I've always felt fortunate my job intersects with my passion and that is a wonderful thing!

Sep 26, 2022 06:36 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Mark Cuban seems like a good man and I would agree with him on this.  I think doing something that we are very skilled at will certainly lead to a passion for it.

Sep 26, 2022 06:41 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, Laura's mom was here last week, and we all got together.   She was telling her mom I do praise her in many aspects of her business.   Whew!

Sep 26, 2022 06:42 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Dorie - and you show that passion because you are really good at what you do.

Brian- that is for sure.  You like what you do best.

Joan - that is really a great testimonial to you.

Sep 26, 2022 08:29 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Grant,
Right on! I know I am most passionate about those things that I'm good at. Everyone has unique talents and skills, and it's always prudent to tap into those and become extraordinary instead or ordinary (or worse) at something you don't enjoy.

Sep 26, 2022 08:32 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Grant,

My biggest strength is that I am a "people person."  I had many positions in managerial roles and have chosen not to have a team I am responsible for.  I love working with others, but in real estate, I choose to be my own boss.

I did realize that we have to find the strengths of individuals for them to be successful.  I prefer coaching or counseling to criticism.  Criticizing does not work!

 

Sep 26, 2022 05:39 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Carol - it has worked for me too.  I am good at those things I am passionate about.

Sheri - somewhat similar for me.  I certainly past the point that I want a boss.

Sep 27, 2022 04:31 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, you always have wonderful advice, and ways to look at things at a different angle.

Sep 27, 2022 10:47 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Grant passion may not guarantee success, but it is very hard to succeed without passion.

Sep 27, 2022 04:05 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Aren't we most likely to be passionate about things we're good at? Or maybe because we're passionate, we get good at them?

I don't know. I'm darn good at doing dishes and scrubbing the floor, but I'll never be passionate about either one!

Sep 27, 2022 07:38 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Joan - thanks.  I appreciate that.

George - yes that is true as well.

Marte - all I can say is that there is a gallop engagement survey question related to this.  "I get to do what I do best every day."  I might be good a painting but I can't wait until it is done!

Sep 28, 2022 05:28 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Before we started each workout in our Mixed Martial Arts training, we had a tradition that included "looking for the good."  It is easy to find fault, but more productive to find positives.  The change in perspective really helped me run my paint contracting business.  It would have been a great lesson to learn much earlier in my life.

Sep 30, 2022 05:57 AM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
http://irstaxdebt.pro - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

the ability and desire to measure strengths and weaknesses is itself a strength!!

Oct 01, 2022 12:32 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Ray - that is the advantage of age.  We have perspective.

Paddy - yes true.

Oct 01, 2022 02:48 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Focus on building up each person by recognizing their gifts and building upon them.

Oct 01, 2022 05:50 PM