Strengths

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What Many Approaches to Strengths Get Wrong

Reading Time: 4 minutes I love the huge variety of strengths-based approaches that are out there, but many of them get one key thing wrong. They focus on the extremes of super-strengths and worst weaknesses, and make only passing mention (or worse, completely ignore) what sits in the middle of the spectrum. It’s as though they don’t realise that …

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Podcast Appearance: How to Use Your Genius Strengths to Do More of What You Love

Reading Time: 18 minutes My friend Karl Craig-West hosted me on his podcast to talk about how to use your Genius strengths to do more of what you love. We talk about how you can figure out and use your Genius strengths, how to spot and collaborate with other people’s strengths, and how to use your unique strengths to …

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Three Ways to Use Your Strengths to Power-Up Your Work

Reading Time: 5 minutes Do you know how to use your strengths to power-up your work? When you know what you’re great at, and that lights you up (as well as what doesn’t), you can create simple strategies that will bring more energy, fun, and achievement to your life and work. The origin of this article This article started …

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How To Find The Sweet Spot For Your Strengths

Reading Time: 7 minutes The key to getting the most out of working with your strengths is knowing how to find the sweet spot for each strength. This article will teach you five simple strategies for finding your sweet spot, so that you can enjoy better results. A quick strengths primer If you aren’t familiar with how I define …

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How To Get Off The Hedonic Treadmill

Reading Time: 6 minutes Every New Year people hit the gym and jump on a treadmill to undo their Christmas excesses without understanding the real issue: getting stuck on the hedonic treadmill.  Thankfully, once we become aware of how the hedonic treadmill operates, we can implement strategies to minimise its impact, or even help us jump off it. What …

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Why Gardening Is A Great Metaphor For Working With Strengths

Reading Time: 10 minutes This morning, as I sat outside with my coffee admiring my summer flowers, I realised that gardening is a great metaphor for working with strengths.  There are so many different elements to consider as you plan and care for your garden. And the way you understand and work with each element contributes to the outcome …

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Is It Really Possible To Overuse A Strength?

Reading Time: 5 minutes One of the most common questions I hear when talking to people about their strengths is whether it is possible to overuse a strength. After all, it’s something that you’re great at, and that lights you up. What could possibly go wrong? Remember “Occupational Overuse Syndrome”? When I first learned how to type, it was …

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75 Ways To Use Your Strengths During The Festive Season

Reading Time: 8 minutes As we move into the festive season, it’s a perfect time to look for new ways to use your strengths to support your wellbeing, create enjoyable celebrations, and help your favourite people in the world use their strengths too. I’ve created a playbook of ideas for how you can use each of the 75 strengths …

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How To Use Your Unrealised Strengths More Frequently

Reading Time: 5 minutes As I wrote in a recent article, one of the best ways to boost your energy, engagement and achievement is use your unrealised strengths more often. That’s because they are like hidden treasure – things you are already great at, and that light you up. But the reason they are “unrealised” is because you aren’t using …

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What Are Your Unrealised Strengths And Why Do They Matter So Much?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Imagine that you are facing a problem that is preventing you from moving forward, and you don’t know how to solve. You try one thing after another. Something that has always worked for you in the past. Something that you’ve always been praised for. Something that everyone always assumes is the “right” way to solve …

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