Have you forgotten by now what your top five strengths were? Or really intended to start using them, but never quite got around to it because you’ve had so much on? Or even given your strengths a bit of a try, but found they didn’t really seem to work so chucked them in.
If any of these challenges sound familiar then don’t worry you’re in good company. But why is using our strengths so hard?
Unfortunately most of us try to use our strengths like blunt instruments. We think that if we just do more of what we do best everything will work out. But you can have too little or too much of a good thing.
Every strength has a shadow side. Overplaying it could get you into trouble or to the point of burn-out. If you’re using a strength like “Love” at work in the wrong way, overplaying this might result in a trip straight to HR! Overplaying a strength like “Perseverance” can leave you burnt out and seriously neglecting your own needs, leading to work-life imbalance.
Underplaying strengths at work can appear as a lack of confidence. This could be due to being out of touch with your strengths or uncertainty about how to apply your strengths in the work environment.
What you’re really doing is holding yourself back, dimming yourself down and disengaging from opportunities to shine for fear of ridicule or failure. To thrive at work we need to be able to express who we are through the work we do in order to make it feel engaging and meaningful.
Getting your strengths balance just right:
You need to know how to develop your strengths so in different situations you can draw upon the right strengths, in the right amount for the right outcomes. This means knowing when you’re underplaying and overplaying your strengths and how to dial them up or down.
But just how can you figure all of this out? And if you’re a coach, a HR leader or a manager, how can you help others do this at work?
Finding your zone of greatness
As a way of paying it forward, I am thrilled to be able to invite you to join Michelle McQuaid, one of the world’s leading strengths researchers on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 at 12.00pm Sydney time (Tuesday 1st March, 2016 at 8pm New York time) for a Free Strengths Webinar
She’ll show you how to uncover:
- What your character strengths are – the ‘how’ you like to work – and when you’re underplaying, overplaying and getting them just right.
- What your talents are – the ‘what’ you like to do at work – and when you’re underplaying, overplaying and getting them just right.
- How you can map your character strengths and your talents to find your zone of greatness and build your personal brand at work.
- The easy way to help others – including your boss – understand what your strengths are so you can be truly valued and appreciated for what sets you apart.
Click here Free Strengths Webinar to confirm your attendance and to receive the recording if you can’t join Michelle live.
P.S. If you know someone else struggling to do what they best each day at work please feel free to forward this to them or send them to Free Strengths Webinar
Paying it forward is how we all make the world a little better.