Maximizing Your Strengths

For the past 13 years I have been striving to maximize my strengths and help others do the same. Today I had the opportunity to team with Dawn Shaw, a career counselor at the University of Texas as we introduced Gallup’s StrengthsFinder to 65+ people in an event sponsored by Gateway Community Church, our church in Austin. The Acton School of Business was kind enough to host us.

Here are some new insights we shared:

Our strengths results should not limit what we do but help us focus on how we do it.

Five Signs of a Strength

  1. Rapid learning
  2. A glimpse of excellence
  3. Performance nears perfection
  4. Connects with your passions (intense satsifaction)
  5. Moments when you feel you are in the zone

To Move from a Talent to a Strength

  1. Discover/Uncover
  2. Affirm/Ask Others
  3. Celebrate/Identify
  4. Develop/Practice
  5. Apply

Below are other articles on my site to help you discover your uniqueness:

Strengths Finder: An Overview

Maximizing a Team’s Strengths

How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath

What Do You Do When You Discover Your Identity

Too Busy To Serve” (thoughts for leaders on recruiting volunteers)

Yelo: Discovering the Uniquness Within” (includes a list on how different personalities work through conflict)

Managing the Creative Beast” (how to serve and lead creatives, includes a video mockumentary)

Raising Up Leaders (and Avoiding Burnout)” (includes audio message)

Moving People from Brokenness to Wholeness” (the principles from  Character Matrix are in the book Uprising by Erwin McManus)

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