Are You Working in Vanity?

Marcus Buckingham stated, “Damage control can prevent failure, but it will never elevate you to excellence” in his book, Now, Discover Your Strengths.
He makes the strong case that if you do not have the hardware in your being – the raw talent like empathy, presence, responsibility, etc. you will have a frustrating time trying to develop an acumen you do not naturally possess. You should instead work on your strengths and use those to get your job done with your custom style.

Just watch NBA players as they play their positions. Their game and style is custom. Each guard or forward or center plays their position differently. They feel natural and comfortable with certain patent moves, but a bit uncomfortable with others. Some love to drive to the basket and improvise. Others have an automatic jump shot that goes in. Buckingham would make the case that their synaptic makeup is what contributes to their comfort and ease with some skills while they may struggle to develop other parts of their game.

In the same way, those strengths you have should be your focus in your job. Minimize your weaknesses and put your energy into refining your strengths, those things which lend to “consistent, near perfect execution” every time.

If you want to take steps to discover these and get some real coaching to take you to higher levels of success, we can help you with that.

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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