My dear British friend, Hazel, called me out on my Fainting Goats Blog (see the comments section.) I am here to say that she was right. I misjudged the goats based on their Strengths profile – a violation of my own beliefs! How could this happen?
First of all, it happens all the time to all of us in the workplace and beyond – we are judged by others based on who they are, not who we are. That’s because we all see the world through the lens of our strengths.
Hazel looked at the Fainting Goats and saw potential, not failure. Strength, not weakness. How?
Well, Hazel has a strength called Deliberative (and you will be shocked, shocked, to hear that I do not). People blessed with Deliberative are thoughtful and deliberate. They move at a different pace than the rest of us. They buy time before taking action. This strength, as once told to me by a client who is blessed with it, came in pretty handy when he was behind the Iron Curtain restarting nuclear reactors! Do we want to rush headlong into restarting nuclear reactors that have been dormant for some years? No, we do not. Having said that, Deliberative would be less handy, as Hazel noted, if you were being chased by wolves. (Get it in gear, people!)
There is a lesson here about valuing the strengths of others, especially when we do not posses those strengths ourselves. It’s an opportunity for a partnership or weakness strategy – and I have leaned on Hazel when I needed help deciding the appropriate next step on a big social media project. She thought about it, offered great advice, and helped the team execute brilliantly.
The power of the Strengthsfinder tool is that it helps us understand how we execute, think, relate, and influence. It’s a holistic approach to talent (i.e., more than personality) that identifies how we interface with the world and where our potential for excellence lies. We all have a “Strengths Fingerprint.” If you haven’t learned your strengths yet, I encourage you to do so – it will be more fun as we play together down the road. I’ve got some great conversations planned for us.
If you are interested, visit www.gallupstrengthscenter.com and take the assessment. It costs $9.99 USD. Next week we will talk about your customized report – your strengths fingerprint – so if you take it, be sure to download and read your Insight Guide because it is unique to you.
In the meantime, knowing that the Fainting Goats felt misunderstood by yours truly, I have a question for you. Have you ever felt misunderstood or undervalued in the workplace? If so, please feel free to share what it was like and what you did about it by replying to this post.
In the meantime, I bow to the Deliberative prowess of the Fainting Goats! Onward!