I am doing some work helping a local nonprofit organization transform their culture. One of the development tools I am using with them is based on one of my favorite management books First, Break All the Rules, by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. I so appreciate that the messages they deliver are not just based on an idea but steeped in research of studying the best managers. In addition, they give you real tools that you can incorporate to help build you, your management team, and your entire organization into a great organization. I recently purchased Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath. This book helps you understand the importance of talents, and personally identify your own talents through the online assessment. I took the assessment and was not surprised.
My Top 5 Themes:
I am Strategic – especially talented in creating alternative ways to proceed, quickly spotting relevant patterns and issue.
I am an Arranger – especially talented in figuring out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity; organized but flexible.
I am a Maximizer – especially talented in focusing on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence; transforming something strong into something superb.
I am Responsible – especially talented in taking ownership of doing what I say I will do.
I am Futuristic – especially talented in being inspired by future possibilities and inspiring others with that future vision.
What is great about this exercise is that it can give you the real data about your talents which you can then relate to others. Once you really know your strengths you can be great at what you do, provided you are doing that which you are most talented.
So, are you building on your strengths or trying to fix your weaknesses? At your organization, do your leaders/managers have the opportunity to do what they do best every day?