Category Archive: Strengths

How to Accept Irritating Imperfections and Maximize Strengths

  The irritating imperfections of others may actually be strengths. Irritating imperfections: What follows is a short list of irritating imperfections that drive me crazy. Your list would likely be different. Taking too… Continue reading

Solution Saturday: Distracted by Urgencies

Dear Dan, The post I read today resonated with me and raised a question. Your comment: “Some are blind to their strengths; others to their weaknesses.” I have been so immersed in the… Continue reading

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