How to play to your strengths in the workplace
by At The Office
Human nature dictates that none of us are perfect. We all have ways in which we excel and, on the flip side, areas where we trail a bit behind. Even though everyone comes to the table with certain assets, it can be a real challenge to focus on the good since we’re wired to naturally focus on criticism and the ways in which we fall short. That being said, it will make you a more competent and successful professional if you focus your efforts on discovering your strengths, their value and learning how you can use them to be a better employee. It makes much more sense to spend your energy capitalizing on what you’re good at rather than bending over backwards to improve upon weaknesses. We all contribute different things to a workplace and labor market. Understand what you offer, learn how to play to your strengths and don’t be afraid to shine your brightest where you need to.
1) Pay special attention to positive feedback
2) Check in with supervisors, colleagues, family and friends
3) Take time to reflect and analyze
4) Summarize findings and build a profile
5) Apply what you've learned