June 5, 2013
Periods of not realizing or embracing your strengths. Perhaps a feeling of flatness. If you were to define your persona, you would be kinda blah about it. Or maybe just scattered or undefined.
Last month I lost a contract … a big one and one that had been a cornerstone of the work I do. I was saddened to see it go, but I also knew it was a transition. Could it be an eventual good thing for me?
Assessing yourself should come as a regular event, and not always as the result of a kick in the seat o’ pants.
Grapple with a few questions. I like these three as a start.
1. Have you reached your potential?
There may be some pain in your answer. That’s an indication of the potential for creative tension. Stew on this one.
2. What would others say you are known for or are good at?
Unless you are really new to the working world, you’ve established yourself in some area of strength. Listen to what others are saying. Sometimes they see your best side before you do.
3. How can you marry the answers to #1 and #2 to see a path forward that indicates where you should be spending your leadership development time?
These questions are perfect areas for coaching. Listen to yourself.