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We Write With Our Dominant Hand, So Why Run A Business With Your Weaker Hand?

Updated: Mar 3

How do I become more productive in my day

Unknowingly, many of you have been pulled toward activities that allow your strengths to shine. Today we will apply a conscious effort to using the benefit of this natural tendency to grow your business.

What Is Strengths-Based Leadership?

Strengths-based leadership is the ability to identify and make the best use of your own and your team members strengths. Of course, this doesn't mean that you, or your team, should avoid learning new skills. But you should feel able to delegate tasks that you're not so good at to others who are more skilled or experienced. In some cases this may be through hiring an employee. In other cases you may accomplish this through contracting out the work, as is typical with marketing and financial support.

However, we get to the finish line the end goal is to have as much of your day and your teams day spent on tasks that fit within their strengths. In their 2009 book, "Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow," workplace consultants Tom Rath and Barry Conchie argue that the most successful teams possess a broad range of abilities. When you know each of your team members key strengths, you can apply them in a way that benefits the team as a whole.

This process must begin with first identifying where your strengths lie. There are a number of ways to accomplish this. I am a big fan of Strengthfinders. Strengthfinders is a gallop product that takes a personality inventory approach to looking at individual strengths. It works under the following research proven assumptions:

Strengths-based approach is not only positively associated with individuals’ satisfaction with life calling, work-related well-being and performance but also plays an important role in lowering absenteeism and depression. If working in the space you love is healthier for your employees, then it starts with it being your choice for your own daily activities. The Reality is that you cannot grow your business without removing yourself from the things in your business you should not be doing based on your strengths profile.

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