Strengths Working Together Series
I’ve loved being a Strengths coach these past few years. I coach predominantly in the mission/development world and it’s been a real joy to see the benefits of people discovering their strengths, acting on them and working together more productively with those around them because of this newfound self awareness.
One of the primary things I’ve learned walking this coaching road is how much of an art form understanding strengths and their tensions with each other are. I’m wired to look at things through technical and scientific lenses so its been stretching and good to see the art side inherent in strengths coaching.
Practically, this means that just because we might have the same top 5, in the same order, we probably don’t use them in the same way. I’d actually guarantee that we wouldn’t. Our environment, our passions, our work, the people around us and any number of other factors go into shaping how we use each of our strengths. We shouldn’t expect one strength to look exactly like the person sitting next to us that has that same strength. There are so many variables that come in to play to affect things.
But it’s important to have a baseline. It’s good to know where to start. It’s good to have an understanding of how things might fit together. And with that in mind I want to start a new series were I randomly pick two different strengths and write about how they might work together. I’m not guaranteeing that I will accurately describe you or your strengths if you have the two I pick but hopefully I’ll be able to provide a baseline for a better understanding of them.
I’m hoping to one post like this weekly; if you have any combinations that you’d like me to write about please leave me a comment below.