How many times have you dreaded being asked on an interview, “What are your strengths?” and “What are your weaknesses?”

You may have replied, “I’m a team player, results-oriented, collaborative and good with people.”

Unfortunately, this is what almost everyone says. It simply doesn’t go far enough.

Don’t worry. You’re not alone!  Most people have difficulty answering these questions. The reason they find it difficult is they don’t actually know what their strengths are or how to describe them.

You may be meeting with your boss, a colleague, a new client or a team member and completely miss an opportunity to articulate where you can contribute because you stumble over how to describe your value.

One piece of this puzzle is understanding your strengths and how to apply them.

When you have this piece nailed, you can leverage it in many ways: choosing what path to follow, volunteering for assignments, deciding what to delegate to others and building your personal brand, just to name a few.

You can also leverage this insight to simply find more joy in your work. Click here to watch this quick video to learn more.

And, you can click here to listen to the podcast, Choosing the Right Path to Move Forward in Your Career.

At this point, if you’re not entirely sure that you have the basics covered, click here to take a FREE four-minute online assessment. You’ll receive an email from me right away in your inbox along with a training video.

Here are a few more tips to help you accelerate your progress:

  1. Purchase the book StrengthsFinder 2.0 so that you can take the online assessment. At the back of the book is a little red envelope with an access code. When you finish the assessment, be sure to download the PDF of the “Strengths Insights and Action-Planning Guide.” This guide describes your top 5 strength themes from a list of 34 possible themes.
  2. At the end of each work day, write down what you enjoyed MOST and LEAST from that day, while it’s fresh in your mind. Do this for at least one week so that you have a robust list of activities. You can then correlate which activities actually relate to your top 5 strengths. For example, if your strengths include “Harmony” or “Intellection” your objective is to identify specific activities that actually represent those themes.
  3. Apply your strengths by increasing the amount of time you spend on these specific activities. If you’re looking for fresh new ideas, take a peek at the “Ideas for Action” in your PDF report or the book. There are 10 ideas for action for each of your strengths so that equals 50 different ways you can leverage your strengths. Every week you can try at least one new idea!

If you want to take this even further — and fill in the other pieces of the puzzle — click here to find out more about my Acclimate to Accelerate program.

Yes, you CAN accelerate your success by building out the essential elements of your own unique success compass.  Once you have each of these elements in place, they serve as a powerful guide, pointing you in a direction that helps you navigate choices with greater confidence!