Volume 4, Issue 5

Coach Vickie Bevenour - www.CoachVickie.com

June 2006

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... is a quick tip ezine for Managers who believe in "Results Derived from Within"
Written by: Vickie Bevenour

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The RDW Group, Inc.
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Cary , NC 27519

June 2006 

Discover Your Strengths and Become a “Twenty Percenter”

One of the important lessons that I learned from my Coach in 1995, which I enthusiastically pass on in my coaching practice is:

Identify your strengths - What you are good at and what you love to do.  Then actively seek out environments in which you can use those strengths that make you the happiest.

 In his most recent book, the strengths and leadership guru, Marcus Buckingham stated that according to Gallup research only twenty percent of people report that they are in a role where they have a chance to do what they do best everyday.  Would you like to become a “Twenty Percenter”? If so, then you need to start by identifying your strengths.

 Below are three simple strategies to start you on your way to discovering your strengths. This is the first step to becoming a “Twenty Percenter”. 

1.       Survey your colleagues.  Email 20 colleagues and ask them to respond to two questions.  The first is, “What do you think is my greatest accomplishment?”  The second is, “What do you think are my three greatest strengths?”

2.       Once you receive the responses, ponder them carefully. Review all the words and group them into categories of like meanings.  From these groups, discover the three that best describe you.

3.       Actively match your accomplishments with those three words.  For example, if one strength is that you are innovative, identify seven examples of how you demonstrated your innovativeness in your line of work.

 I am working with the former CEO of a small firm who, in seven years, grew it by 300% and then successfully sold the firm (without any people causalities).  After completing this exercise she determined that her biggest strength is that she is a “wall of positive energy”.  Armed with that and some great networking skills, she is feeling empowered and is positively moving forward to the next step of her career. 

This could be you; you could become a “Twenty Percenter”. Complete the exercises, find a partner, work with a coach and discover how you too can Derive Results from Within.

If you like the tip, let us know but more important, share it with a friend or colleague. As always, YOUR SUCCESS IS MY GREATEST PLEASURE.

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