Hello SOTGC community,
In my last two blogs, I promised to share a Success List for your career and to expand upon one item every week. A key ingredient for success is to be prepared for opportunities that come your way, and by working from this list, a career opportunity will never pass you by.
- Keep my resume updated.
- Know my strengths.
- Create a career plan.
- Build a professional network.
- Manage my physical energy.
Know my strengths: Yes, you’ll succeed when you focus on what you do best! Knowing your strengths will stabilize your personal life and nurture your professional goals.
Self-knowledge is a powerful tool that too many disregard because it’s difficult or time consuming. Yet if you know what your strengths are and leverage them at work, you are more likely to be engaged with your work, and perform at higher levels.
What is the definition of strengths? Gallup, Inc., defines them as:
Strength = Your Talent + Your Knowledge + Your Skills
Your Talent: Talent describes your natural abilities. Talent can be hard to identify because it’s “what we do.” This means we often take our talents for granted because they come so easy to us. Remember, what comes easy and naturally to you may not come easy and naturally to others. How do you identify your talents? Think about areas of work or life you excel at. What have others complimented you on, or given you positive feedback about? These are clues to what your talents are.
Your Knowledge: Knowledge is information you know or experience(s) you have accumulated. Information includes: known facts, data points, events or items of general interest. Experience includes life events that turn into lessons learned. In today’s world, if there is knowledge you don’t have – it’s easy to acquire.
Your Skills: Skills are the know-how or the how-to that allow you to live and do your work well. You have numerous skills whether it is your ability to work in a team, lead others, or an expertise you have fostered over the years.
If I were to ask you to list the strengths (talent+knowledge+skill) of the following women: Sheryl Sandberg, Michelle Obama, Marissa Mayer, Beyoncé, Katie Couric, J.K. Rowling, Oprah, or your best friend – would you be able to make that list? I’m sure you could! But could you make a list of your own strengths? Ah, maybe not so easy – no peeking at your resume. I encourage you to know your strengths top of mind because life requires you to speak about them, whether it’s in an interview, asking your boss for a promotion, or wanting to be considered to work with an important client or project. Your strengths are your elevator speech for articulating your value and worth.
There are numerous assessment tools and resources to discover your strengths such as StrengthsFinder 2.0, Myers-Briggs, Social Styles, DISC, Emergenetics, and the list goes on and on. You do not need an assessment tool to tell you what you already know. The key to understanding your strengths is to follow your energy. Your energy increases when you’re doing what you love, practicing what you’re good at, or doing tasks that come easy to you.
My energy is depleted when I work for long hours by myself. My energy increases when I collaborate with others in meetings or on a project. I enjoy the exchange of knowledge between people because it results in new ideas and ways of working. My energy also soars when I can help others find their true potential, which, in turn, enriches their lives. Enough about me … now, go find your strengths!
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