Best-selling author Tom Rath joins me on the EntreLeadership Podcast today to discuss the importance of knowing what your strengths are. Tom is a leading business thinker and his book, StrengthsFinder 2.0, helps people uncover their talents.
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I can tell you that once you know your strengths, you’ll become frustrated when you spend any time not operating in them. You’ll also take a much harder look at what the future can be now that you have a better understanding of how and where to focus YOU. Here are just a few of the highlights from our conversation:
- As a society, we have a tendency to focus on our weaknesses. In fact, 77% of U.S. parents believe their child’s lowest score on their report card is the one that needs the most attention. Why is that? Because we are taught from an early age that we can’t fail. And yet, most kids don’t end up working in the area they are weakest. So shouldn’t we focus more on strengths?
- Gallup surveyed more than 10 million people, and only a third strongly agreed with the statement, “At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.” So why do the other two-thirds continue working where they don’t do their best every day?
- The difference between Joe Montana and Rudy Ruettiger is strengths. Joe was always talented as a quarterback and honed those skills year after year. Rudy, while possibly having the biggest heart on the planet, was not very talented as a football player. He spent five years to get one sack in one game. What if he would have focused those five years on something else?
- When companies hire salespeople who are strong in the area of sales, they create two- to three- times more revenue. It starts in the hiring process, with surveys that allow you to see an individual’s areas of strength.
These are just a few things we discussed on the podcast. Tom goes further in depth on all of these topics. This is one you definitely won’t want to miss.
Question: Do you feel you are working in your greatest strengths?