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https://hbr.org/2018/05/why-talented-people-dont-use-their-strengths

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Why Talented People Don't Use Their Strengths
Executive Summary Experts have long encouraged people to "play to their strengths." But based on my observations, this is easier said than done, because we often undervalue what we inherently do well. As a leader, the challenge is not only to spot talent but also to convince your people that you value their talents and that they should, too.

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Talent vs strength

Individuals have the tendency to consider that what they do better are the things they have long been working on. However, if we take a second to think about it, each and every one of us has at lea...

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Adopt an encouraging attitude

A true leader should not only be able to identify his team members’ talent but also to encourage them into making the most of their natural gifts. 

There are a few techniques that ena...

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Overlooked qualities

One sure way to identify your strengths is by paying attention to what you find as effortless in regards to whatever action you do, but the others tend to see it as a complex action. 

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Identifying your talent

Whenever you notice that you have a tendency to think about a certain topic for hours to come, check it out by putting it into practice: it might be that your natural gift is on its way to being re...

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Develop your team's strengths

After having discovered your team members’ talents, make sure that the entire team bears in mind what each of them has a natural gift. Moreover, an analysis of their skills should be welcomed at an...

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  • Do an assessment. Make a list of your strengths, weaknesses, what you like and hate to do. Look outside and ask what industry lines up with the things you wrote under strengths and likes.
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