Hello Friends and Strengths Advocates,
Have you ever thought…
I wonder if my personal story matters to anyone? Could it help others?
You have one, and someone out there is waiting to hear it! At times, we feel it pales in comparison to others' profound stories, but no matter what you have come through, it can help someone else out there.
“But it’s not one of those really horrific rip-your-heart-out transformational stories that only happen to other people!”
REMEMBER-Someone is always going through what you just went through, or what you’re going through.
What's you story?
Where did you come from and how did you get to where you are?
The 3 S’s” of YOUR Story:
You have your…
1.Unique story-Your Super-You Power
This is your unique life story. You should have both short and mid-length version of it to tell, depending on your time and setting.
Create a 2-minute and a 10-minute version.
Be ready to share it. Mine intro is…I should...
Do you have "insane courage"? Bold enough to crazily go after what your really want in life?
I am a doctor of personal strengths and teach people how to know where they fit and flow in their unique gifts and strengths; however, so many people do not have direction in their lives.
Frustration, indecision, and regret plague them.
I recently talked with several individuals that seemed to be waiting, wandering, or wondering in life.
Waiting…for something to happen.
Wandering…around in their lives, not living intentionally and on-purpose.
Wondering…if they will ever discover their true calling and start doing their dreams!
Have you ever felt like that? Does that resound a bit with you now?
Sometimes, we simply need crazy courage to make a decision-that one decision that creates a ripple effect of exponential outcomes in multiple dimensions in our life.
You need the courage of Benjamin Mee!
Matt Damon starred as Ben Mee in the movie, “We Bought a...
One seemingly, by-chance, catalytic event may change your destiny RIGHT NOW!
Sometimes, the connection seems so ordinary and mundane that it’s hard to believe…but BAM! A catalyst has just thrust you in a new job, a new career or a personal transformation that is nothing less than miraculous!
A young man taught himself carpentry skills to make ends meet while pursuing an acting career. He was frustrated that things were not going his way he thought, but he landed a gig in small-time film. It was a start and he was just a background actor to boot!
He had to keep doing his carpentry side job because acting career wasn’t supporting him like he had hoped. Years later, the same director “accidentally” bumped into the now 35-year old while do woodwork at a studio. He remembered how the young man had been in a small role in his previous movie and asked him to audition for his new show he expected to do well. He did…and the rest...
How to get the MOST out of yourself and your team (Part 2 of 2)
Last week I began a subject that I will complete today: How to get the MOST out of yourself and your team. This is part 2 of 2. So, if you didn’t read the email on part 1 I sent last week, open it first or read my blog last week on our website at www.thestrengthsacademy.com
You CAN know your strengths, and grow your strengths, whether as a team, business, volunteer service, or individually.
REMEMBER-To be your BEST, you must assess!
This analysis comes in several forms-evaluation, feedback, assessments, introspection, reflection, accountability, and several other identifiers.
No matter the methods, or possibly multiple approaches for that fact, challenge your team in discussion and dialogue moving forward in professional development.
NOTE TO LEADERS AND MANAGERS: Measure what matters.
Review from previous week:
The SWOT Analysis
(I have attached a LINK HERE to see the expanded version about how to...
Have you ever walked into a business and everyone seemed to be doing his or her own thing? No one appeared to care much about you as a customer but was off in la-la land, concerned only with what they had to accomplish.
Worse yet, it seemed like the whole company functioned that way! Yeah, it’s crazy I know, but it happens in many businesses.
Where were the owners or managers to correct this behavior?
Who knows, maybe so buried in work in their offices that they couldn’t take time to see what was really going on.
SIDE NOTE TO LEADERS AND MANAGERS: People don’t always do what’s expected, but what’s inspected.
Later, I will spend more time dealing with what good customer service truly is, as I used to be a senior manager and corporate trainer of customer service professionals, but I will move on for now; however, great service seems to be rare in some sectors in the marketplace today.
Agree or disagree?
Questions leaders should pose to themselves and...
(Note: A FREE Report for you is at the bottom of this BLOG)
Now, I must confess something personal about myself to you…
I am a super-hero junkie! I have been an avid fan of DC Comics for years (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc.) and of recent times, the Marvel franchise.
After just seeing The Avengers: Endgame, I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY! Loved it!
Okay, let me calm down a bit…just breathe, John. Before it leaves the theaters, I will probably watch it 2-3 more times with family and friends.
Now, I won’t be a spoiler; however, the word, “Endgame” has been rolling over and over in my mind.
Now, the definition of the word relates to strategic games, such as Chess or Risk, where there are few pieces left, and the players have a “hidden” plan or strategy to pull out, defeat their opponent, and win the game.
In business, it may be considered a plan (or bulletproof backup plan) to achieve...
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." -Dr. Wayne Dyer, American Self-Help Author & Motivational Speaker
This is part 2 or a 4-part series on becoming and living an exceptional life. As I developed the 4 stages of personal strengths development last week, I will touch on all of them now. I will give special attention to Stage 1 at this time.
I pointed out:
"An individual must become intentional in pursing and assessing their strengths in order to ascend the stages of strengths development. These phases can be worked through to gain mastery. I titled my theory, “The Personal Strengths Ascension Model ©”.
Stage 1-Strengths identification- illumination/assessment
During this stage, a recognition of betterment leads to self-exploration.
Stage 2-Strengths activation- preparation/development
Here, the individual begins their strengths development journey of self-discovery.
Stage 3- Strengths acceleration-...
“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” -Madam Curie, French Physicist, twice winner of the Nobel Prize
What makes an exceptional life? How do you know if you’re living one? I posit that it is when you are daily engaging your strengths doing what you love to do. In the disciplines, or fields of study, of business, psychology, human services, education etc., individuals employing their strengths often, are more productive and satisfied than those who do not engage them.
“Strengths development begins with individuals recognizing and psychologically owning their talents” (Hodges & Harter, 2005)
Here’s a simple formula given by strengths-based researchers (Clifton & Anderson, 2002):
A talent+knowledge+a specific set of skills=a strength
However, raw talent alone does not denote a strength. It must be recognized, developed, and precisely exercised until a...
Everyone likes to win, but why do so few believe that they are really winning in life? Could it be that sometimes we see our flaws and foibles so prominently, when we need to see the incredible strengths that we possess?
Another reason I find consulting individuals is the "Mental Money Obstacle". Potential rising star leaders don't tap their own creative ideas or know how to uncover them and bring them to full commercial value.
Money is not your biggest problem; creative ideas and uncommon strategies are your problem.
You need to discover innovative ways to address your situation. Read success stories of those online who have launched new company startups, begun community or global initiatives, or designed breakthrough inventions. It’s called being resourceful. Thinking WAY BEYOND the box, not just outside it.
Paradigm shifts begin with mindset shifts!
It may be approaches such as asking confidently for help from a higher-level leader, breaking down your...