Maximize Your Strengths and Fast-Track Your Success!

Published on December 3, 2010 by Anne Raymond

Ever wonder why you're not fully engaged with what you do?  Or it's hard to focus and get things done quickly?  Or you think you should be happy but you sure don't feel that way. 

I meet people all the time that are really successful but not particularly happy with their work or sometimes their life.  I have done a lot of work lately on "Strengths" with many of my clients.  It is one of the keys to being bold and living a powerful, passionate, productive life!

Strengths are those activities that you are naturally talented at, that you find easy, and you love to do.  This is a recipe for focus and fulfillment!

You must be the best at what you do and then you must be the most productive, engaged, creative, and innovative at doing it.  Why?  If you're a skilled knowledge worker, your "basic" skills can be automated or outsourced!  You need to be unique, you need to be different, you need to be a thought leader, an innovator and drive change in this crazy competitive global market. 


Here is a 3-step approach to maximize your strengths and fast-track your success:

1) Discover Your Strengths

The first step is to discover your strengths so you can define what they are and then be able to easily articulate them with powerful language.  Sound simple enough?  In fact many people find this to be a big challenge.  But there are several options you can take a look at.

A great top-down approach is Gallup's Strengths Finder assessment  (Strength Finder 2.0 book which includes the on-line assessment can be found on Amazon) which will provide you with a profile of your top "5 themes" .  Gallup has done  an incredible amount of research in this area started the "strengths" revolution a decade ago by introducing the StrengthsFinder assessment (2001) and now StrengthsFinder2.0 (2007).

You know yourself best so you can also take a look at activities that you are naturally good at and are drawn to in your current role or in the past.  Look for activities that you are passionate about and you easily  get into a "zone" while doing them.  Many people discover common patterns over several jobs or seemingly different roles.

2) Leverage Your Strengths

Once you know your strengths, you can look for opportunities to leverage them more of the time.  How can you build them more into your day?  What projects can you get involved with that your strengths will be valued?  The more you use your strengths, the more of a natural success path you will create.

When you are more aware of strengths, you can also recognize them more in others and it is easier to leverage your team at work or your family at home.

3) Evolve the Gap

In recognizing your unique strengths, you can evolve your current role or career to put your strengths more front and center. You will naturally be at your most productive, engaged, creative, and innovative which will establish your expertise and fast-track your success.


Being just "good" at what you do is just not good enough anymore. Leaders need an edge.  If you're not aligned with your "strengths" MOST of the time, you won't be able to leverage your talents and be the bold leader you need to be to drive creative innovative change that is necessary to remain competitive today.  Lead from your strengths and you'll gain your edge!