Welcome to the next installment of the Leadership Vision Podcast, where we share our expertise in the discovery, practice, and implementation of StrengthsFinder.
Our consultants got together with Nathan before our summer break to record a series of mini-episodes for the podcast. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been sharing Strengths-Based questions to ponder in the week ahead. Today’s episode is the fourth and final episode of our four-week series. Go back and listen to the others! These questions are perfect for discussion with a friend, team, or even your entire organization.
Here’s The Question For This Week:
What are your personal Strengths ‘blind spots’? Which of your Strength(s) get in the way without you realizing it?
The idea behind this question is to spend time thinking about the dark side of your Strengths. For example, does does your Deliberative slow things down so much that people move on to something else? Does your Theme of Communication over-communicate and annoy everyone in the room? Does your Adaptability provide too much flexibility and you never plan ahead?
How do you become aware of these things so you can invest your time and energy into areas of your Strengths that are productive?
Command is my first Theme of Strength and sometimes, if I’m not careful, I can bulldoze the people I’m closest to. But what I’ve learned lately is about the dark side of my Theme of Ideation. When I work with someone like Steph, who has Discipline, or anyone who thrives with strong systems of structure and order, I need to make sure the multitude of ideas I have are actually helping to move the conversation along and not detracting from it. Knowing when I should contribute ideas and when to hold them back is truly a test of my will.
So what about You?
What are your personal Strengths ‘blind spots’? Which of your Strength(s) get in the way without you realizing it? Think of a few examples, jot them down, and share with a friend or colleague. Ask for feedback and see if they agree or disagree. As a bonus, ask them to answer the same question, then compare to see what similarities or differences you both have. It may help both of you in the way your engage your Strengths in more generative ways.
About The Leadership Vision Podcast
The Leadership Vision Podcast is a weekly show sharing our expertise in the discovery, practice, and implementation of StrengthsFinder. Leadership Vision uses StrengthsFinder to work with People, Teams, and Culture. We believe that knowing your Top 5 Strengths is only the beginning. In fact, our highest potential exists in the ongoing exploration of our talents. Subscribe to the Leadership Vision Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.
Please contact us if you have ANY questions about anything you heard in this episode, or if you’d like to talk to us about helping your team understand the power of Strengths.