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Transform your performance: how to play to your strengths

If you use your strengths daily you are 6x more likely to be engaged on the job and 30% less likely to suffer from stress and anxiety, according to research by Gallup. Moreover, to make a strong and lasting impact, you need to understand and play to your strengths. This article is probably the ultimate how-to- guide on the Web for understanding yourself from multiple angles and developing an action plan to better use your strengths.

Warning: you may prefer the eBook version!

This post is very detailed and has lots of information. It is probably the most complete guide on the entire Internet as regards finding what are your strengths.

It will be immensely valuable to you, but it is more than a two-minute read, and taking action on it will take considerable time. However, the rewards of truly understanding your strengths and resources are very great.

To help you gain those benefits, you can enter your name and email address and immediately:

  • download a free workbook to find what are your strengths (to work through these exercises and process your findings) and to
  • download the entire article in an easy-to-read and easy-to-print PDF ebook format, for simpler storage and referral

A. Why you need to understand your strengths

Playing to your strengths is an idea to which we often pay lip service, but in reality we so often focus on fixing our weaknesses.

Almost 80% of parents (in the USA) think that a student’s lowest grades deserve the most time and attention: you are much more likely to receive remedial attention on your low grades than mentoring in those areas where you have the most potential for greatness. At work, whilst management theorists now accept the premise that the best managers focus on harnessing team strengths, most performance feedback systems still focus on requiring employees to address their less-strong competencies.

Whilst shoring up our weaknesses has value, doubling-down on your strengths is surely the best way to make your greatest contribution to the world. Successful leaders consistently say the same thing:

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Find your strengths: Skills & Temperaments

So - knowing your strengths is vital, and you've probably made some mistakes in the past when examining your strengths.  But how should you actually go about capturing a rounded view of your unique talents and assets?

This article looks at the first two areas of the "S.T.R.E.N.G.T.H." framework - Skills and Temperament.  We will look in depth at exactly how to understand your strengths in these two critical areas.  In a subsequent post we will look at the remaining 5 angles.

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5 reasons why you urgently need to know your strengths

If you use your strengths daily you are 6x more likely to be engaged on the job and 30% less likely to suffer from stress and anxiety, according to research by Gallup. Moreover, to make a strong and lasting impact, you need to understand and play to your strengths.

Playing to your strengths is an idea to which we often pay lip service, but in reality we so often focus on fixing our weaknesses.

Almost 80% of parents (in the USA) think that a student’s lowest grades deserve the most time and attention: you are much more likely to receive remedial attention on your low grades than mentoring in those areas where you have the most potential for greatness. At work, whilst management theorists now accept the premise that the best managers focus on harnessing team strengths, most performance feedback systems still focus on requiring employees to address their less-strong competencies.

Whilst shoring up our weaknesses has value, doubling-down on your strengths is surely the best way to make your greatest contribution to the world. Successful leaders consistently say the same thing:

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