Leveraging My Strength

On Friday, Jamie Flinchbaugh had a great post about leveraging your strengths or developing your weaknesses.  As he mentioned, there is no easy answer to this question.

I have been thinking about this exact question for the last few months.  I am looking to change roles in order to gain more experience and knowledge about the business I’m in.  I also want to exhibit how a change agent can “run the business” with the principles/concepts/tools I have been teaching for several years.

I have spent all of my professional life working in manufacturing.  I have a true passion for seeing manufacturing surviving and being a foundational part of our country.  I know I could go there and do very well.  Staying in operations can give me more a of a platform and security to do other things to help promote manufacturing in the U.S.  Plus, there is still plenty for me to learn about operations and manufacturing.

Yet, I still have a desire to learn about areas of the business outside of operations in order to grow and expand my knowledge.

My wife helped me see that when I have ventured out of operations/manufacturing that I haven’t been as happy as when I was in operations/manufacturing……..so far.

In my case, it seems to be more beneficial to leverage my strength than develop my weaknesses.


Posted on August 16, 2010, in Development, Learning and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This is a relevant topic for all Matt. It’s more about turning the “lean” lens inward.

    I’m not a big fan of “strengths” and “weaknesses” debit/credit career planning. Real growth takes place in between the S & W words. Why would someone develop something they are very strong in?

    We all have limitation. In most cases, it is because we have no interest or desire to further develop these skills or experiences.

    In between, we have many skills and behaviors that could use our attention. What are these skills and/or behaviors?

    This is where turning the lean lens inward helps discover what is underutilized as well as overspecialized. There is as much danger in over developing a skill as there is in developing a “weakness” that undergoes forced development.

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