Volume 2, Issue 9
Coach Vickie Bevenour - Phone: 919-303-4780
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Written by: Vickie Bevenour

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Using your Strengths for Success

As promised in July, this is the three-part discussion on coaching techniques that I presented at the Association of Proposal Manager Professionals in June. This final technique is “Using Your Strengths for Success”.

This is one of the most powerful techniques that I use to help you get the results that you want. First, identify what you are good at and chances are that you enjoy using that strength. If you enjoy using a talent, you will most likely get better at it. The better you get at it, the more masterful you will become and the more successful you will be. The key here is to clearly identify your strengths and then create environments in which you can use that strength.

My client started working with me when she received a huge promotion. Her challenge was to develop a newly formed Capture Group to increase business within the Public Sector of the market she was serving. She quickly got the new group on track by using her maximizer and arranger skills while keeping the human side of the group in harmony through her empathy skills and relating to each person as an individual. After 18 months, she lost the thrill and the challenge of this role. We discovered that the on-going operational need of problem solving and meeting deadlines was not the environment in which she thrived. Through this realization, she changed companies and is once again in a position where she is using her strengths and leading from a position of brilliance.

Need some help discovering your strengths? Simply ask the right questions. Approach 10 people whose opinion you trust and ask them to describe you in fine words. Take that list of 50 words and look for three to five common themes that strike an inner chord. Want a different approach? Buy a copy of the book Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Don Clifton.

Congratulations, by asking the right questions and then more clearly defining your outcomes, you are well on your way to 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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