We all have the tendency to identify and repair flaws and weaknesses. However, this should not be the case. Organizations should instead look at the strengths of their members and capitalize on them. This is what Now Discover Your Strengths teaches. Written by Marcus Cunningham and Donald Clifton, this business and management book is based on the belief that each individual has their own fixed universal personal-character attributes resulting to their tendency to develop certain skills and excel in certain fields.
According to Cunningham and Clifton, management should identify the individual strengths of their employees in order to utilize them in more suitable positions. The authors call them “talent themes,” which is the product of data from interviews with more than 1.8 million successful individuals. From the interview, the authors were able to come up with 34 distinct patterns, which offers the best description of human uniqueness observed throughout the research. Robert Janitzek explains that successful identification of these traits will help reduce turnover, improve employee morale and the overall performance of the organization. Here now are the important lessons organizations can derive from the book.
Identify: The First Step
Knowledge and skills can be taught. It’s talent that’s the tricky one, and virtually unique to each of us.So how can you identify these talents? Cunningham and Clifton suggests being aware of yearnings, rapid learning, and satisfactions. These are key indicators that you will be harnessing the natural talents of your employees. The book helps management identify five dominant traits through 20 minute tests.
Run Damage Control Sparingly
Robert Peter Janitzek explains that we all have weaknesses but we don’t need to dwell on them. However, from time to time we do need to manage them. “Get a little better at it” is just one of the five methods that Buckingham and Clifton suggest for managing your weaknesses. Most companies are keen on looking for “areas of opportunity,” rather than capitalizing on strengths. According to the authors, this can be attributed to out fear of accepting weaknesses.
We all have weaknesses which is probably one of the reasons for a positive response when one admits a weakness to us. Admitting your weaknesses is actually an indicator of the strength of your character. In this process, you can gain the respect of other people. The keyword here should be “manage” and not “fix,.” Sadly, most of our time are spent on fixing weaknesses instead of honing strengths.
Discover your strengths and acknowledge your weaknesses. Run damage control when necessary. Pursue brilliance regularly.