Hello my fellow Project Butterfly partners!
Well, I am sitting here writing at my kitchen table, smiling at some beautiful pink tulips given to me by my awesome neighbor, Gail. We’re trying to “ward off” the sense of doom associated with yet another major snow storm that arrived yesterday. I have an additional 8” of snow on top of the 40” that fell in January. Two more storms slated for later this week. It’s hard to find room to breathe in this onslaught by Mother Nature!
Our Project Butterfly mascot, the one I shared with you last week is again buried in snow, surrounded by piles of hip-high banks. Maybe it’s hibernating? After reading my friend Vicki Flaherty’s excellent blog post on Sanctuary (click here to read it), I decided that being housebound or snow bound can be, if we allow it to be, a great time to pause and reflect. I spent time reflecting yesterday on what my best future might look like – thank you, Vicki, for that gift of encouragement.
In that spirit, I want to share with you what I learned by focusing on my Ideation strength.
My most favorite line from my Insight Guide for my Ideation strength was this: Because the printed word feeds your mind, you frequently generate original plans, programs, designs, or activities.
That is so true! This strength manifested itself this week in a variety of ways. I’ve polished a publication on learning circles for my colleagues Darrel and Hazel, I’ve worked on a business plan with my brother, and I’ve help craft a presentation associated with an exciting cloud-based program with my business partners at work. I also delivered a Strengths presentation with some new content, and was delighted at how well that went. I love to create things in writing.
Here are a few notes I made as I practiced the 2% solution (2 minutes a day):
“I had a blast brainstorming with ABP on how to drive more business through creative marketing ideas.”
“Loved refining the AWB presentation we’re working on – nailing the value proposition and crafting our executive message.”
“I had an excellent email exchange with a client about how learning and managing her strengths has helped her be more successful as an individual, and a better teammate as well. The Holy Grail!!”
I was at my best this week when I delivered a Succeed With Your Strengths workshop with 13 awesome leaders from a local tech company. I get great joy out of helping talented and committed people understand what makes them unique, and determine ways to better leverage that knowledge for the success of the team. This is what I do best, and it felt wonderful to be at my best.
What about you? What did YOU learn this week? When were YOU at your best? We’d love to hear about your journey. We’ have had some add’l folks join us on Project Butterfly – click here to look at their word choices and strengths in the comments section! Welcome! I know we’ve got some folks who are walking silently beside us, and that’s okay, too. I want to acknowledge you and congratulate you on your hard work. Stay with us!
Next Week’s Project Butterfly Activities:
- Pick a new strength, statement from your Insight guide, and focus on it
- Look for times when you feel frustrated – was one of your strengths violated? When someone takes a hammer and smashes one of our strengths (often done unintentionally because they have different strengths than we do) it hurts, is frustrating, and discouraging.
Part of our success plan includes paying attention not just to what went well, but what didn’t, and why. Consider capturing when you’re feeling misunderstood – what strength was violated, who was involved, and what was the outcome?
Can’t wait to see your thoughts below! Here’s to building a sanctuary for finding room to breathe, for following the strengths path, and for becoming totally awesome! ONWARD!