Category Archive: Strengths

10 Performance Conversation Starters

You’re a hero when you get hired and a loser during traditional performance reviews. It’s a waste to hire for strength and evaluate for weakness. Replace traditional annual reviews with monthly performance conversations. Better yet,… Continue reading

The Five Powers of Your Strengths

During a recent keynote I asked participants to write a colleague’s strength on a sticky note.  They stood behind the person and wrote a strength, or something they admired about them. They pressed the… Continue reading

How to Reach Beyond the Limitations of Your Talent

You suck at many things and excel at few. If you’re a “know all – decide all” leader: Create hierarchy. Stick with your expertise. Control everything. Surround yourself with kowtowing conformists. 5 signs you’re… Continue reading

5 Ways to Stop Fixing and Start Developing

One of my deepest disappointments with myself is judging people through the lens of my strengths. If they aren’t like me, they need to be fixed. Fixing is rejecting. Judging blocks growth. Disrespectful leaders look… Continue reading

How to Make The Timid Bold

He told me about problems and challenges. I asked him, “What qualities and skills do you currently possess that enable you to face these challenges?” People lose boldness when they forget who they are. Inspire people to… Continue reading

4 Ways to Throw Gas – not water – On Dreams

People are excited to do what they want to do, not what you want them to do. The sooner you embrace this idea, the more successful you’ll become. Control resources. Release people. Frustration:… Continue reading