Trombone Player Wanted – Marcus Buckingham’s 6 DVD Series on Strengths
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Premise – a kid is told to learn trombone, but he actually has a love for drums
Video 1: So, What’s Stopping You?
Only 2 out of 10 people use their strengths at work.
Myth 1: As you grow, your personality changes.
It basically stays the same for life
sometimes you get a life-changing event or a slow drift over time, only minimally impacts
Myth 2: You will grow the most in your areas of weakness.
You grow more in areas you are stronger
Neural connections build on neural connections
The more you do something the stronger the path gets – i.e. paths in the woods
Myth 3: A good team member does whatever it takes to help the team
It’s in the best interests of your team for you to work in your area of you strength, and all the other players should do the same
There is no I in team, but there is in win
Start taking control of how you spend time at work
Figure out how you can spend more of your time on your strengths
When we were young we naturally sought out our strengths, it’s instinctive.
Then we grow older and the norms and rules of society rob us of the childhood curiosity, making us “serve the community”. Making us conformists. So many rules.
Video 2: Do You Know What Your Strengths Are?
People are too vague with what their strengths are.
You must get very specific in describing exactly what your strengths are.
1. What do I have a drive and passion for, and look forward to doing?
2. What do I actively seek, am drawn to, and keep coming back to?
3. What activities put me in “the zone” when I engage in them?
4. What activities leave me feeling energized and not drained?
You need to know where to best invest your resources.
There are activities you are good at but it drains you. This is not a strength.
You will get good at things you spend more time with.
What you like to do is what you will spend more time with.
Your appetite will drive your abilities.
All appetite and no ability = hobbies
Look to yourself to discover what activities are your strengths.
Video 3: How Can You Make The Most Of Them?
Seek out situations that will call upon your strengths.
At work you may not be able to drop everything and only do what you like. But you can do it incrementally.
Get metrics on your strength, measure it and track it.
Find what your strengths are and make them stronger.
Find mentors, copy what others are doing, research it.
Video 4: How do you cut out your weaknesses?
Find out what you don’t like doing and stop doing it.
Just stop doing it and see if anyone cares.
Is the activity necessary?
Pawn it off on someone else. Could this be a strength of another person? Trade tasks.
Find a partner and hand off tasks to the other, and vice versa.
Become a superstar in your strength and then become the go-to person for that thing. Create your market and satisfy it.
Be proactive and seek projects that use your strengths, don’t let people assign tasks to you because it’s likely not to be your strength.
If you are stuck with a weakness, see how you can tweak things to make it like a strength.
For example if you are competitive then make a game out of how quickly you can accurately complete a TPS report.
Video 5: Why is it so hard to talk about this?
• 40% talk about weaknesses
• 20% talk about strengths
• 35% don’t talk about these things
Share with people what your strengths are.
There is power in mutual awareness of teammates strengths.
As managers have plans how to move people away from weaknesses and towards strengths.
Video 6: Why Can’t This Last Forever?
Weaknesses can creep in over time.
You can drift away from your strength.
Stay the course on your strengths.
Beware of the Impostor Syndrome
1. We have wonderful and powerful strengths.
2. No one else has quite the same strengths that you do.
3. You will make your greatest contribution to your organization and yourself when you play to your strengths.
It’s your responsibility to work to your strengths – it’s the best way to serve others.
Woman’s quote: And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud became greater than the risk it took to blossom.
In the end it matters only what you believe.
Make tomorrow a stronger a day.
In the end, the kids ditches the trombone for a set of drumsticks.