Blog – Differences as Strengths

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” -Colin Powell, Former U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Differences as Strengths

 

This week I want to talk to you about personality and behaviour styles.
I’ve been watching a tv show: Mr. Selfridge…

He’s an American who creates this amazing department store in London in 1908 and is the kind of guy who just goes for it, no matter what’s happening…

He’s hiring team when he’s got no money, he loses his financial backer, and he still commits to construction, he’s just going for it! Which is exciting, but could also be reckless.

On his team, he’s got this guy, Mr. Crabb, who is his Chief Financial Officer, and he’s very risk-adverse, slower pace, perfectionist, and he keeps Mr. Selfridge in check.

Now sometimes Selfridge just runs right over Crabb, and sometimes he has to really assert himself to prevent Mr. Selfridge from doing something that’s going to be dangerous for the store.

They work together as a team. They see each other’s abilities as strengths – although they drive each other just a little bit nuts sometimes too.

So think about this: on your team, do you have anyone that kind of drives you nuts? Are you looking at their difference as a weakness? If you are,  I’d like to challenge you to look at their difference as a strength.

For example, if you’re like a Selfridge, and you’re high energy, a lot of motion, you’re getting out there, making things happen, and you’ve got someone on your team who’s a little bit slower paced and reserved.

They’re looking out for your best interest, so they might just be checking those balances that you’re not seeing.

Conversely, if you’re a slower paced individual, maybe conflict-avoidant, not as much “out-there”, having someone on your team that’s got a lot of great energy and is willing to get out there and shake things up, might be a real strength as well, although you might find it a little intimidating.

So we want to make sure we’ve got a well-rounded team. A solid team, whether you’re an individual and it’s the contractors or support people you have, we want to have a lot of variety in our personality styles and behavioural styles on the team.

When we see them as a strength, we can be a lot stronger together.
When we see our differences as challenges, we can be nit-picking and feeling frustrated all the time.

So this week, my challenge to you is look at the people you’re working with. If you find some differences in their style that is sometimes frustrating for you, try to find the strength in it.

Find out: 

Try to get around those differences, and look for the strength!
 
That’s it for this week and I look forward to seeing you next time!
 
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