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What About Weaknesses? With Dean Jones - Called to Coach S5E37
Weaknesses – we all have a lot of them!
What about weaknesses?
Gallup often gets accused of not caring about weaknesses and telling people to ignore their weaknesses – that somehow weaknesses don’t matter.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
No discussion of strengths is complete without a discussion of weaknesses. You can begin to accurately identify and gauge your strengths without knowing and identifying those areas where you are weak.
Strengths occur against a backdrop of weaknesses. It’s like light and darkness – you can’t distinguish one without the other.
So, ironically, weaknesses are a really important for strengths development.
At Gallup, what we do say is that weaknesses are an important part of developing your talents into strengths.
You have to be aware of your weaknesses, account for them, and use your strengths to address them.
As we’ll talk about later today, your strengths are your access to addressing your weakness – so strengths and weaknesses are inexorably tied together.
Want to take a step back and make sure that we are using the same language. Here’s the language we use to talk about strengths, themes, and weaknesses:
Signature Themes – your Top 5 talent themes. These are the themes that you lead with, that you use every day, that we would recognize as your “MO” or your approach. They are as unique to you as your “signature” or your fingerprint.
Dominant Themes – the themes that you use all the time or most of the time.
Responsive or Supporting Themes – the themes that you use occasionally, in response to a particular situation.
Non-talents – the theme that never “fire” or only show up very, very seldom.
Weakness often get confused with Non-talents.
People relate to them as the same thing – and if you’ve done one of our CliftonStrengths courses, you know that we make a clear distinction between the two.
Non-talents are just those themes that rarely (if ever) show up. There is nothing wrong. There is nothing to do with them. If anything, it’s just to notice that they are completely missing.
I have Harmony as my #34. I never walk into a room and automatically notice the degree to which there is consensus. With all my Influencing themes, I am more “tell them what to think” rather than “do we all agree?”
A weakness, as we define them in our courses, is anything that gets in the way of your success.
So if you