The sheer purpose of a vegetable peeler is to shave off an outer layer, perhaps a layer that is too tough or bitter; to change the state of the fruit or vegetable. In this post, Carrie describes her restlessness and inability to settle down long enough to pay attention to this needed change. Here are four things Carrie learned as she applied the philosophy of the vegetable peeler to herself.
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It’s summer and my garden is growing faster than I can keep up. One night, as I was sitting pulling weeds and relishing in how well everything was growing, I was letting my mind drift thinking about all the wonderful ways to eat the items in my garden once they are ready. In my opinion, the best way to eat those fresh vegetables is with a little vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper.
This is actually a great metaphor for our Strengths. Rather than trying to disguise who we really are with thick layers of cheese or dressing, we only need be fully present, and perhaps, add simple flavors to bring out more (or in some cases less) of who we are.
My colleague, Steph, just completed our latest Strengths Communicator Training. As a part of that process, cohort participants complete twelve 1 to 1 conversations with family, friends, and/or co-workers. I was lucky enough to be one of her 12 conversations. Here is a look at my experience with the 1 to 1 conversation process.
Sometimes, people can become overly focused on having specific Themes of Strengths to fulfill specific job roles. In this article, Jeff shares examples of extraordinary salespeople and their use of Themes of Strength in their work. He also explains how to understand the many Strengths that can be generative in a sales role.
Reflection is a simple and powerful activity. We encourage all of our clients to do it, and when you spend a little time reflecting on how your Strengths interact with the world, you can better understand how they work, and what you might need to do to get more out of them.