A few weeks ago during a radio interview, I had an aha moment. The interviewer, Carol Blonder, was excellent and was really pounding me about this topic.
I shared my perspective on this critically important issue.
Not only do we, as leaders, have the mandate to help our colleagues identify their strengths in order to align their roles with those strengths, we also must be willing to address their greatest vulnerabilities too. If we want significant improvement in our teams’ productivity, we must be open to this level of forthright communication. We must also provide ongoing encouragement to build in support structures to minimize the risk of those vulnerabilities becoming obstacles. All of this is critical to significant improvements in a team’s productivity.
I know that’s a mouthful so let me break it down so it can be easier to understand.
We all have these strengths that we are born with, like our thumbprint. Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, the founder of the new field of Positive Psychology, says that our strengths are our ‘core values in action’. For more about Dr. Seligman see his website at www.authentichappiness.org.
When we get the volume turned up too high on these strengths they become vulnerabilities. Here at The Halpin Companies we have a program to help individuals grasp all this. The program is called The Gifts and Gaps Program. When we over-utilize a strength or an asset, it becomes a liability.
The key is to be willing to be vulnerable and share our own Gifts and Gaps so that others feel safe to share theirs.
The aha for me this morning is that there are still opportunities for me to be more vulnerable in my life, career and within The Halpin Companies.
Who might benefit from your sharing about your own vulnerabilities?
How might this level of authenticity aid in helping others see their own strengths and vulnerabilities?
How might these conversations help better align roles, responsibilities and expectations?
What would it take for you to create a work environment where people felt comfortable addressing these critically important issues?
How big would you want to play?
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