Daria Williamson

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Why you need to choose your failures

Reading Time: 3 minutes Which of your recent failures did decide on in advance? I know, you’re probably thinking, “Aren’t I meant to be planning for my successes, not my failures?” The short answer is, “No”! Read on to find out why you need to proactively plan your failures. The importance of planning for your failures If you don’t …

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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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Never Mistake Stability for Certainty

Reading Time: 3 minutes One of the most common thinking traps that we humans fall into is mistaking stability for certainty. I’ll bet you’re used to things being a particular way. The amount of traffic on your commute. What you do on the weekends. The type of tasks you do at work. How your morning coffee tastes. What’s it …

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Is Your Team Made Up of Rockstars or Superstars?

Reading Time: 3 minutes I love the distinction that Kim Scott makes in her book ‘Radical Candor‘ [non-affiliate link] between rockstars and superstars. And I think it has huge implications for how we lead, manage, and shape teams in our workplaces. Rockstars vs Superstars – the definitions 🌟 Rockstar: a solid, stable performer on a gradual growth trajectory, or …

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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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Opinion: Why We Need to Embrace Paradoxes

Reading Time: 2 minutes The more that the world seems to be divided into extremes, the more I am drawn to the middle. Not mediocrity, fence-sitting, or refusing to have an opinion, but embracing the paradox, the place of tension (and therefore energy) that sits between the two polarities. Choosing between the extremes In business, we are so often …

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Why A Fellow Traveller is More Powerful Than Empathy

Reading Time: 4 minutes Empathy is wonderful, but what’s even more powerful is connecting with a fellow traveller. I learned that from talking to my cousin The picture by the title is a throwback to 2017 when I met up with my cousin Brigette who lives in The Netherlands. We were visiting the Wynand Fockink ‘Proeflokaal’ (tasting room) and …

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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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