7 Volume 7 Issue 2 Results Derived From Within

 Volume 7, Issue 2

Coach Vickie Bevenour, PCC  - www.CoachVickie.com

Feb/March 2009

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Written by: Vickie Bevenour, a Professional Certified Coach, PCC

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The RDW Group, Inc.
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February/March 2009

For Success in this Economy, Tell Someone your Story    

What happens to us during an economic downturn?  Much of our behavior revolves around �hunkering down� to weather the economic storm.  I believe that from a financial perspective that is the appropriate response. And I would ask you the question�is that the appropriate behavior for you in your job? Should you �hunker down� and become invisible?  My response is a resounding �NO�.

Recently, I was invited to present to the Raleigh chapter of the American Society of Training Directors (ASTD).  Cherie Vick, an Instructional Designer for ACS HCMS wrote an article about my presentation.  In it she explains that the presentation was not on the latest idea of the month but rather on the �tried and true� idea of using your strengths to maximize performance.  I have included below excerpts of her article as a thought for you to embrace this unprecedented economic change.  Now is the time to get out of the old mindset and practice effectively touting your strengths each day.


�What is strength?� asked Vickie Bevenour as she began her presentation at GSK while her audience munched the sandwiches, chips and cookies in their box lunches.

A few hands went up as members identified strengths as the overlap of abilities and interests.

�Why identify them?� she continued. One of her slides displayed her logic:

  • When you do what you are good at, you get more natural results and less stress.
  • When you get more natural results, you�ll have unlimited success.

In her coaching practice Vickie encourages clients to not only identify their strengths but to use them in self-promotion. Opportunities to use strength statements include:

  • In the elevator, as a short story about you.
  • When someone says �thank you�, answer with a short story about you.
  • As the tag line for your e-mail.

�What do you say when someone says �thank you�?� she asked. Most of the audience admitted that modesty prevented more than �you�re welcome� for a response. Ok, so now she clearly had our attention. We are really bad at self-promotion.

Vickie summarized some of the strengths the assessment shows and explained how to create strength statements. She gave us a few examples, and then the challenge: write a strength statement from our own self-assessment of our strengths.

  • What is your greatest strength?
  • How do you use your strength?
  • What is your title and position?
  • What is a most recent impact of using your strength?

So now we are writing�. (My Draft #1): creativity, organization---design learning solutions�instructional designer�improve retention, save time, no, better performance�ah�

Strengths are not so easy to boil down quickly into a few words, Vickie admitted. Did we think Nike invented, Just Do It in a flash?

And writing some more� (Draft#2): creative, result-oriented designer for learning solutions, improved performance� hmm�

She gave us a homework assignment.

  • Say a strength statement to someone at least once a day.
  • Develop a strength-based introduction and always use it.

As I drifted off to sleep that evening, my alpha brain transposed creativity with organization and made a few other edits�

I use disciplined creativity (strength) to improve workplace performance (result) through learning solutions (what I do).

Thanks, Vickie, I used it the very next day in our staff meeting when someone said thank you for my tutorials. I have also added a statement to my email signature.

Move over, Nike.


During these tough economic times, I encourage you to use your strengths to become:

More visible, rather than more vulnerable.

More valued as a key contributor, rather than assuming others know your worth.

More recognized for what you do well, rather than unseen.

Congratulations! You have learned that it is YOU who must tout your strengths and begin deriving 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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