Strengths, Springtime and an Extended Weekend

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It’s springtime in south Texas.

That means Fiesta is in full swing, the weather is unpredictable, the Spurs are in the playoffs, and today is the first day of my 4-day weekend. Over the next few days, there is a strong chance I’ll be talked into attending the King William Fair, and I’ll also be doing more than my fair share of  writing, running and napping.

Throughout all of this, I’ll be thinking a lot about my strengths and how I can apply them. This isn’t a completely random venture, it’s the direct result of attending ATD San Antonio’s monthly learning meeting earlier this week.

At the meeting, Marisa Ortiz, a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, shared her expertise on the Strengths Finder 2.0. Her presentation was a solid reminder that we have a tendency to focus on our weaknesses at the expense of our strengths.

Overcoming this takes a lot of work. In fact, in a previous blog post on this topic I wrote:

“Everyone struggles to apply their strengths, even the most successful people, it just seems like they don’t.” Read the post here.

And that’s exactly why it’s been on my mind the last few days.

As for my strengths, well, here’s what I’m working with:

  • Ideation
  • Learner
  • Responsibility
  • Input
  • Deliberative

I’m at my best when I’m employing these strengths. I believe this because I first took the assessment about seven years ago and I can think back to the times I’ve most enjoyed the work I was doing and the times I was most productive and see a direct connection to having the opportunity to apply these strengths.

That begs the question, what can I do to ensure I put myself in a position to utilize these strengths even more? At work? At home? With family? With friends?

These are tough questions to answer, and worthy of some serious thought this extended weekend.

Perhaps, however, after a nice long nap.



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