REFLECTING: Strengths, Weaknesses and Bad Habits
Self-Managed Learning demands that we take charge of our future; focus, operate from our strengths and deal with our bad habits.
It is a good time of the year to do some deep reflection and rethinking. Ask for and listen to feedback. Measure success – where we did well and where we failed. With feedback and deep reflection, we know what our real strengths, weaknesses and bad habits are. Reflection is necessary for the individual, an organization, and the nation.
This exercise is crucial as we can only perform from our strengths. We must concentrate on our strengths and place ourselves where we can produce the best results. We must not waste our energy trying to improve on areas of low impact on performance. We cannot build performance on weaknesses.
But it is crucial that we deal with our bad habits. Bad habits are things we do or fail to do that can dilute, negate, or even destroy our strengths. A talented entrepreneur who has the flair to make a lot of money will in the end go bankrupt if he has the bad habit of gambling.
In your organization, what are the bad habits that inhibit performance and excellence? Big plans without follow through? Lengthy meetings with few outcomes? The practice of artificial harmony where most managers avoid difficult conversations? Or simply the general lack of following S.O.P.?
How about we as a nation? What are the bad habits that is eating up our strength? Poor maintenance culture? The practice of corruption? Not being honest on both sides? Cybertrooping at a drop of a hat? Seeing every turn through the lenses of race?
To be a successful leader, manager or individual contributor, we must learn to recognize our strengths, weaknesses and bad habits and feedback the same to others. To know more, ask us about our Self-Managed Learning Workshop.
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