Being Present with Your Strengths

Like many perfectionists, for many years I chased the ever elusive ‘fix your weaknesses’ story, always putting myself in places where I could work on my weaknesses. Sadly this strategy did not bring me or my employers a whole lot of joy and I eventually got smart enough to avoid choosing the jobs that were too focused in those areas of weakness.

At one point I graduated to telling my employer why it would not be a good idea to give me certain tasks… I explained these tasks were not a natural talent and ability for me and they would be wasting their and my time given my capacities in other areas! Of course, most people ignored this, preferring to squash the square peg into the round hole until they created a big mushy mess of misery for them and me. Imagine if Frank Gehry had become a bricklayer instead of the magnificent architect he is? The world would be much the poorer and he would be finding a whole lot less joy in his work!

I see this often with business owners – instead of allowing our team to shine in ways that are natural to them, we create a set of expectations and conditions that create the exact opposite. And then we wonder why the business is not performing!! Performance issues are almost always a result of the manager and the employee not being present with the strengths of the person who is not performing. When we are truly present with our own strengths, talents and capacities it allows us to choose or create a role that is perfect for us (rather than twist, bend and mutilate ourselves to become perfect for the role!!)

When we are present to our capacities, we work with ease and can easily outcreate and outdeliver almost anyone else… When you have a whole company full of people being present with their capacities and those people are in the roles best suited to their strengths, competition becomes irrelevant because you have a massive peak performance advantage!

Having this presence embodies a confidence, a connection with self and the willingness to be a contribution far beyond what most people see as possible. Owning this inner presence individually and as a business builds in a set of distinctively different competencies that are incredibly difficult to copy well. If you desire to build a sustainable, peak performing business, this is a great place to start! What if we could have peak performance as the norm, instead of wading through the challenges of performance management way too often? Would that make your business more blissful??