At one point I used to think everyone had the same type of imagination that I did. I took for granted that when someone else read a book, the words on the page disappeared and took the form of people, landscapes and events in their head just like in mine. It wasn’t until my husband informed me that this was not the case for him that I began to realize that the things I did naturally were not natural for others.
We do this all the time; forget that we and those around us have hidden skills. We can easily excel on tasks that others on our team would struggle with. And when we play to our strengths, it feels good. It makes winning easier.
Are you insatiable curious, organized, likeable, analytical, dependable, a risk taker, outspoken, determined, an optimist or a pessimist? There are jobs that are suited for each one of these traits and a hundred others.
The more we get to know the strengths we take for granted in ourselves and those hidden in our team members, the better we can do to align ourselves for success.
A Team Human Conversation
Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.
- What do you do well that you may take for granted?
- What are some of the hidden skills of your team members?
- How can your team start aligning tasks to take advantage of these strengths?