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Identifying your workplace strengths

Identifying your workplace strengths

Whenever you're asked what your workplace strengths are, you’ll want to be able to identify them.

There are four primary workplace strengths. These are the essential strengths to getting work done in today’s knowledge age, where work is interdependent, somewhat invisible, and ever-changing.

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Some people have an “envision strength." 

These folks are visionaries who get energy and solve problems by asking and answering the question, where do we intend to go and why?’ It is common to find these strengths with strategists, marketers, and CEOs.

Where the ‘design’ strength is more focused on facts and figures, the ‘build’ strength is more process-oriented – energized by how to best get jobs done.

These individuals are energized by systematizing and systematized work. Where the ‘envision’ person typically hates repetitiv...

  • Analyzing situations: The ability to conceptually break down a situation into parts and understand those parts.
  • Defining clear policies: The ability to establish well-understood guidelines to help groups of individuals work in a unified way.
  • ...

  • Building personal relationships: The ability to productively and progressively bond with key people as individuals and groups on an emotional level.
  • Working in teams: The ability to work with others in a way where you subordinate yourself as an in...

With knowledge work, this term has a slightly different connotation than it did in the industrial age.

With knowledge work, operators make things happen with and through other people and get a lot of energy from human interaction. They focus on the who. Sales people and g...

  • Implement standard processes: The ability to get work done effectively, efficiently, and consistently, using a repeatable series of actions.
  • Implement step-by-step procedures: The ability to get work done using an established set of instructions o...

  • Thinking strategically: The ability to see past today’s issues and focus on a longer term destination.
  • Setting a visionary destination: The ability to establish a positive future in the minds of others that doesn’t exist today.
  • ...

Where the ‘envision strength’ is more subjective, the ‘design strength’ is more objective. 

These folks like to get to the facts, and are well-suited as planners and very good at answering the question, ‘what do we need to do when?’ We often find these strengths in newly minte...

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