The Goldilocks Question

“Success doesn’t come from playing to your strengths.  It comes from playing your strengths in the right situations.”  

This article references a study where co-workers rated their managers in four leadership areas:  taking charge, empowering others, creating a vision and executing.  They used the Goldilocks question:  did the managers do too little, too much, or the right amount of each behavior.  More than half were overdoing at least one behavior.  Guess which one?  Their strength.  

Ambitious managers?  Overdid decisiveness and underdid empowerment. Sensitive managers?  The reverse: they were too encouraging and not assertive enough. Inquisitive managers overemphasized innovation and underemphasized results. And conscientious managers also did the reverse: they were so busy trimming the weeds that they paid too little attention to the big picture.  

“Often our greatest weaknesses are the other side of our strengths…if you’re a spellbinding storyteller, you need to ask whether a dinner party is an ideal time to perform!”  

More areas to practice self-awareness and self-management.  Day by day, we are humbled by all the opportunities to learn, grow and improve.

Leslie Phillips
CEO

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