Building On Your Strengths

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1. Concentrate on your strengths. Place yourself where your strengths can produce performance and results.

2. Work on improving your strengths. The feedback analysis rapidly shows where a person needs to improve skills or has to acquire new knowledge. It will show where existing skills and knowledge are no longer adequate and have to be updated. It will also show the gaps in one’s knowledge. And one can usually acquire enough of any skill or knowledge not to be incompetent in it.

3. Identify where intellectual arrogance causes disabling ignorance. Far too many people – and especially people with high knowledge in one area – are contemptuous of knowledge in other areas or believe that being “bright” is a substitute for knowing. And then the feedback analysis soon shows that a main reason for poor performance is the result of simply not knowing enough or the result of being contemptuous of knowledge outside one’s specialty.

4, Remedy your bad habits – things you do or fail to do that inhibit your effectiveness and performance. They quickly show up in the feedback analysis.

5. Waste as little effort as possible on improving areas of low competence. Concentration should be on areas of high competence and high skill. It takes far more energy and far more work to improve from incompetence to low mediocrity than it takes to improve from first-rate performance to excellence. And yet most people, and equally most teachers and most organisations, try to concentrate on making an incompetent person into a low mediocrity. The energy and resources – and time – should instead go into making a competent person into a star performer.

~ Peter Drucker

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