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“Play to your Strengths”

02/26/2012

Happy Sunday everyone!

 

 

Have you ever had one of those moments where  you learn something new and your first thought is: “I need to blog about this”? On Friday, I was in a training at my workplace, and I had one of those exact moments. As part of our training we watched a video by a man named Marcus Buckingham, and I was instantly hooked on his philosophy. Buckingham speaks all around the world about the importance of discovering and capitalizing on your personal strengths. After watching his video at the training, we discussed our own strengths and how we can best apply our own strengths in our current work positions.

 

 

 

 

Here are some of Marcus Buckingham’s main points/ideas:

 

  • When people are asked, “Do you have the chance to use your strengths in your workplace?” only 2 out of 10 people answer “yes.” That means that 8 out of 10 people are unhappy in their current positions and do not feel that their employers allow them to play to their strengths.
  • A “strength” is not just something your are good at in your life. Your strengths are those activities that “make you feel strong, that interest you, that you are passionate about, that you look forward to.” You are the best judge of your own strengths. Just because someone says you are good at something does not mean it’s a strength for you (in fact many of us may be good at things that we absolutely hate doing).
  • There are some myths about our strengths:

     

    • Myth #1: As you grow, your personality changes.
    • Truth: As you grow, you will become more of who you already are.
    • Myth #2: You will grow most in your areas of weakness.
    • Truth: You will grow most in your areas of greatest strength.
    • Myth #3: A great team member does whatever it takes to help the team.
    • Truth: A great team member deliberately volunteers his or her strengths to the team.
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If you want to find out more about Marcus Buckingham’s work (like I have already been doing), visit: www.simplystrengths.com, www.strengthscampus.com, or www.thestrengthsfoundation.org. Please note: all of the above information was gathered from those websites and from information I learned at my training.

 

 

 

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