Issue 26 [ISSN 1712-4670]

We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.

Thomas Jefferson,

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Focus on Professional Development

Play to Your Strengths

Strength: the quality of being strong; the ability to do or endure; power; toughness; solidity

Guest Author, Dr. Ray Williams

Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton, authors of the book, Now, Discover Your Strength, suggest that we build our lives around our strengths and show us ways to minimize the impact of our weaknesses.

The authors define strengths as “consistent near-perfect performance in an activity.” As an important corollary to this definition, they add “the ability is only strength if you can fathom yourself doing it repeatedly, happily, and successfully.” 

They go on to thoroughly describe the hallmarks of the 34 strengths identified by the Gallup organization research.

3 Tools to Build Your Life Around Your Strengths

1.  Understand how to distinguish your natural talents from the skills you can learn.

It’s true you can improve at activities for which you are not naturally gifted. The question is whether you can reach consistent, near-perfect performance, repeatedly. Buckingham and Clifton talk about the differences among talents, knowledge, and skills. 

  • Talent is a naturally recurring pattern of thought, feeling, or behavior. 
  • Knowledge consists of facts and lessons learned.
  • Skills are the steps of an activity.

With skills and knowledge, you can perfect an innate talent. On the other hand, the authors claim, you can acquire skills and knowledge to a point—to adequately get by—but you’ll never be able to attain the consistent near-perfect performance that comes with innate talent

2.  Have a system to identify your dominant talents 

The authors suggest trying an activity to see how quickly you:

  • pick it up;
  • skip steps in the learning; and
  • add twists and kinks you haven’t been taught yet.

See whether you get so absorbed in the activity that you lose track of time.

3.  Learn a common language to describe your talents and the talents of others 

Our language isn’t up to the challenge, the authors say. The language of human weaknesses is rich and varied whereas, in contrast, the language of human strengths is sparse. They point out that while a person with people skills has a strength for relating well to people, he or she may not have the particular strength needed to succeed in a specific area. For example, one person with people skills might excel at building trust, while another person with people skills might be brilliant at initiating contact or networking. 

5 Creative Strategies to Manage a Talent Weakness

1. Get a little better at your strengths
2. Find a partner to help you
3. Develop a support system
4. Use one of your strongest themes to overwhelm your weakness
5. Just stop doing the weak thing

When dealing with a persistent weakness, the authors advise “stop doing it and see if anyone cares.” They point out that a person can never have too much of a particular theme; they just don’t have enough of another. For example, rude people don’t have too much Command. They have too little Empathy. 

The authors summarize the state of most organizations in this way: Most organizations are a puzzle put together in a dark room. Each piece is clumsily squeezed into place, then the edges are ground down so they feel well positioned. But, pull up the shades, let a little light into the room, and we see the truth. 

  • 8 of the 10 pieces are in the wrong place
  • 8 out of 10 employees feel they are miscast.
  • 8 out of 10 employees never have the chance to reveal the best of themselves. 

Buckingham and Clifton say it doesn’t have to be this way.

A knowledge economy in an increasingly competitive global economy means that the right employees are becoming more precious with each passing year. Those of us who lead organizations must become more sophisticated and more efficient when it comes to capitalizing on our people. We must find the best possible fit for people’s strengths and the roles we are asking them to play.

The authors maintain that ethical, effective leaders have always focused on the importance of people. They seek out talent and concentrate performance on outcomes, rather than forcing individuals into stylistic modes. 

One of my recommendations is that you use assessments to help you define and discover your strengths. Make sure you are holistic in your assessment package and your processes.

Use the assessments to benchmark your current preferences and strengths, then compare those results to your life and your responsibilities.

Dr. Ray Williams is Executive Vice President of PCMG Canada, a premier career management company based in Vancouver, BC. He has more than 30 years’ experience as CEO, HR Executive, mediator, management consultant, and executive coach. Ray recently attended CRG training and is now a CRG Licensed Associate.


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How? We are looking for articles from you that engage the audience and help them with specific issues. 

Here are our requirements.

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  • Focus on the issue(s) you believe are important to this segment (lifelong learning) and add your practical recommendations. Case Studies are welcome, as long as the parties mentioned have signed off. 
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 Do you wish to develop personally and professionally—while helping others? If so, plan to attend CRG’s next 3-Day Train-The-Trainer program.

CRG’s 3-Day Train-The-Trainer Intensive is designed for all professionals who want to make a difference in other people’s lives.

The combination of personal growth, experiential learning, and business development created an empowering and dynamic TTT seminar—that will help me to accomplish the purpose I see for my life.

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What started out as a simple 2-day assessment-orientation program 15 years ago has grown into a 3-day Intensive Personal and Professional Development Experience.

Over the past 3 years, we have re-tooled and re-branded the CRG organization and revisited the entire Train-The-Trainer program. The 3-Day TTT session is designed for all professionals—whether you are new to CRG or you have been using our resources for years.
Our goal is to ground and serve YOU so you can better assist your customers.

Recently, when one of our long-term clients attended the program, he thought he was going to learn about CRG. He did not anticipate he was also going to learn about himself.

In the program debriefing, he found himself raw with emotions because of his new levels of self-understanding. Not only is he living his life more on purpose, his new-found passion has helped him triple his CRG business in less than 12 months.

Honoring the learner on the journey to living more fully on purpose is what CRG is all about—and professionals acknowledge that in their recommendations. It’s no accident that 80% of professionals switch to CRG resources from other choices. 

In fact, the more experience you have in the HR field, the more important it is for you to attend a CRG session—to understand the uniqueness of CRG’s resources and unlearn some popular false assumptions in the marketplace.

That’s why CRG introduced the TTT Alumni program. Those who have already attended the CRG Train-The-Trainer program can re-attend—at a significantly reduced fee—to stay current, learn what’s new, and network with Associates from around the globe. 

Many of our Associates attend TTT on an annual basis, to keep up with the progress and exciting developments at CRG.

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We have already posted more than 60 articles. 

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CRG Train-the-Trainer
Where: Vancouver, BC
When: September 23, 24, 25, 2006
To register:

International Coaching Federation – Vancouver Chapter:
Assess for Success, with Speaker Ken Keis, President of CRG
Where: Vancouver, BC
The Arbutus Club, 2001 Nanton Avenue
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When: September 28, 2006
Time: 7 PM to 10 PM
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International Career Development Conference 2006
Professional Development Session on the CRG Personal Style Indicator and Model, with Speakers Ken Keis, President of CRG, and Richard Knowdell, Executive Director, Career Planning and Adult Development Network
Where: Santa Clara, CA 
When: November 1, 2006 
Time: TBA
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CRG Train-the-Trainer
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