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    • March 12-14, 2013 Baltimore Convention Center YOUR WEAKNESSES DON’T LIE Others Know Them. Why Don’t You? Identifying Strengths & Weaknesses Taking Steps To Improve HARRISBURG BIZ LEADERS A Venture of BARBUSH ENTERPRISES James Eugene Barbush Professional Engineer, Speaker, & Writer in Leadership DevelopmentSession No R3.21 Thurs. March 14, 2013 10:00 am to 10:50 am 1
    • March 12-14, 2013 Baltimore Convention Center HARRISBURG BIZ LEADERS A Venture of BARBUSH ENTERPRISES James Eugene Barbush Professional Engineer, Speaker, & Writer in Leadership DevelopmentSession No R3.21 March 14, 2013 10:00 am to 10:50 am 2
    • HARRISBURG BIZ LEADERS A Venture of BARBUSH ENTERPRISES SPEAKER James Eugene Barbush Professional Engineer, Speaker, & Writer BIO in Leadership DevelopmentJames Eugene Barbush of Barbush Enterprises is a Professional Engineer with 40years of professional experience. He has had a balanced Civil Engineering career withprivate and public sector experience, majoring in contract administration, dispute resolution,legislative interpretation, staff training, multiple aspects of design, construction, andmanagement, and working with all levels of staff and management.James retired in August 2010 and launched Barbush Enterprises that includes (1)Professional Speaking and Writing on Leadership Topics, (2) Business Development forA/E firms, and (3) Use of Social Media venues to broadcast his messages.In September 2011, James founded and launched Harrisburg Biz Leaders, aroundtable forum for biz leaders to further develop their leadership skills, to share theirleadership skills with others, and to network for their biz. Harrisburg Biz Leaders isoperated out of a state-of-the-art Social Media Platform called a Social Hub Site(http://bizleaders.socialhubsite.com)James has presented on leadership topics at NFMT Baltimore annually since 2007,with 2013 being his 7th successful presentation at NFMT. 3
    • James Eugene Barbush You can find me on-line at:Social Hub Site for “Harrisburg Biz Leaders”:http://bizleaders.socialhubsite.com/Social Hub Site for “G42-The 42nd Generation”:http://g42the42ndgeneration.socialhubsite.com/Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/JamesEBarbushLinkedin:www.linkedin.com/in/jamesebarbushE-Mail:JamesEBarbush@GMail.com 4
    • The Focus of BARBUSH ENTERPRISESOUR MOTTO is“Building Leaders for Todays Success"OUR OBJECTIVE is“Building People Into Leaders They Are Destined To Be”OUR OFFERINGS are“Guaranteed to INSPIRE Leaders, Management, and Project Teams, and thus MOTIVATE Them in Ways to Boost Their Proven SUCCESS” 5
    • NFMTISFROMAROUND THE WORLDAt this session there were approx. 200attendees from many states in the USA,Canada, Argentina, Ireland, Trinidad,and other places. 6
    • March 12-14, 2013 Baltimore Convention Center OUTLINE 1. INTRODUCTION 2. STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES 3. SYMPTOMS 4. THE FATAL FLAW 5. EXAMPLES 6. WHAT’s THE CORE PROBLEM 7. WHAT TO DO 8. CHANGE MANAGEMENT or DISASTER MANAGEMENT APPENDIX: Results Report by Harrisburg Biz LeadersSession No R3.21 Thurs. March 14, 2013 10:00 am to 10:50 7 am
    • March 12-14, 2013 Baltimore Convention CenterINTRODUCTION 8
    • YOUR WEAKNESSES DON’T LIE Others Know Them. ABSTRACT Why Don’t You?We mostly think positively about ourselves, viewing, working in, and promoting our strengths.Leadership teachers rightly tell us to play to our strengths because strengths involve our passions, what we do well. But does anyone tell us to “focus” on our weaknesses?When leading in challenging situations, we may identify symptoms of ourstrengths/weaknesses based on our behaviors or results of our behaviors thatsurface and reactions from others.When we identify those things, we should • Capitalize on strengths • Recognize symptoms of weaknesses • Determine weaknesses • Make necessary changes in ourselves and what we do.This session will delve into • Identifying strengths/weaknesses • Taking steps to improve further on what we do well • Making changes where necessary. 9
    • YOUR WEAKNESSES DON’T LIE Others Know Them. Why Don’t You? LEARNING OBJECTIVES1) IDENTIFY YOUR SYMPTOMS OF WEAKNESSES It’s dangerous to ignore them2) DETERMINE WEAKNESSES Turn to strengths3) IDENTIFY YOUR STRENGTHS They reveal your hidden weaknesses4) MAKE NEEDED CHANGES Or your flaws can be fatal5) RESOURCES FOR HELP Getting you where you need to be 10
    • March 12-14, 2013 Baltimore Convention CenterSTRENGTHS &WEAKNESSES 11
    • MY STAIRWAY TO DISCOVERY and DESTINY DESTINY SUCCESS CATCH MY WAVE ADVENTURE LEADING SPEAKING WRITING READINGTHIS IS BASED ON STRENGTHS 12
    • VIDEO “How To Build On Your Strengths” MARCUS BUCKINGHAMhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ5t8g3MCyk “Building Strengths or Fixing Weaknesses” JACK ZENGER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yScEAL1yxks 13
    • March 12-14, 2013 Baltimore Convention CenterSYMPTOMS 14
    • SYMPTOMS of WHAT? SYMPTOM SYMPTOM WEAKNESS SYMPTOM SYMPTOM SYMPTOMSYMPTOM SYMPTOM 15
    • RECOGNIZING WEAKNESSES “How to Overcome a Weakness”, By C J Carter, http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Overcome-a-Weakness&id=656256In the opening of the article, C J Carter states: “All people like to view themselves in a positive light. No one likes to be considered a failure or a lesser human being. But everyone has weaknesses. Most of the time people tend to ignore their weakness and focus on showcasing their positive attributes. There’s nothing wrong with showing your positive attributes but you cant ignore your weaknesses. When people ignore the things that they are bad at, it tends to come back on them later in life.I agree. Do you? 16
    • RECOGNIZING WEAKNESSES “How to Overcome a Weakness”, By C J Carter, http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Overcome-a-Weakness&id=656256 Do we recognize our weaknesses Or Can we be blind to certain weaknesses?HERE ARE CHOICES THAT WE MIGHT MAKE:IGNORE IT We do not even consider how we are doing. We just plow on through leaving a wake of damage.WRONG PERCEPTION We think we are doing right We truly do not knowHELPLESS We know we are weak in an area We have not figured out how to changeACTION We know we have weaknesses We take steps to improve ourselves. 17
    • RECOGNIZING WEAKNESSES “How to Overcome a Weakness”, By C J Carter, http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Overcome-a-Weakness&id=656256Can we self-diagnose the weaknesses in ourselves?What is a better way to reveal a weakness and discoverthe full impact of that weakness:an accountability partner – Someone who knows us, someone who we trust, someone who is familiar with what we are doing, someone who can critique us properly, and someone who we can accept proper criticism from. 18
    • March 12-14, 2013 Baltimore Convention CenterTHEFATAL FLAW 19
    • THE FATAL FLAW Reference Blog Article Attached: “The Fatal Flaw - The Most Essential Element for Bringing Characters to Life” By Dara Marks http://www.writersstore.com/the-fatal-flaw-the-most-essential-element-for-bringing-characters-to-lifeI remember “way back in high school literature” (and that is way back), wewere taught about the “fatal flaw” in a character in a story.As defined by Dara Marks in the attached article, “The FATAL FLAW is a struggle within a character to maintain a survival system long after it has outlived its usefulness.What that makes me think is we can operate with a weakness, not recognize it, not do anything about it, then eventually we are not going to survive in what we are doing because the way we are doing it is deficient and that way will outlive its usefulness. Thus, the weakness becomes fatal to what we are doing.If that is possible, then WE MUST ADDRESS OUR WEAKNESSES……. …….our weaknesses, not others weaknesses. 20
    • March 12-14, 2013 Baltimore Convention CenterEXAMPLES 21
    • EXAMPLE – A HEALTH ISSUE FATIGUE IRRATABILITY WEAKNESS ? UNABLE TO WORK AFFECTED EFFECTIVELY SOCIAL LIFE SYMPTOM 22
    • EXAMPLE - A HEALTH ISSUESYMPTOMS THE FIXFATIGUE How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?IRRATABILITY Lifestyle ChangesINABILITY TO WORK EFFICIENTLY MouthpiecesAFFECTED SOCIAL LIFE Breathing Devices CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) SurgeryCAUSELACK OF SLEEP?STRESS?LOW T?LACK OF EXERCISE?COUNSELDOCTORSLEEP STUDYCAUSE DETERMINEDTHE WEAKNESSSLEEP APNEA 23
    • EXAMPLE – A MANAGER MESSY IRRATIBLE OFFICE WEAKNESS ? MANY WORKPROJECTS UNDONE SYMPTOM 24
    • EXAMPLE – A FACILITIES MANAGERSYMPTOMS THE FIXCLUTTERED OFFICEINCOMPLETE WORK ??????MANY PROJECTSCAUSETOO MUCH WORK?NOT ENOUGH TIME?NOT ENOUGH EMPLOYEES?UNTRAINED STAFF?COUNSELSUPERVISOREXECUTIVE MANAGEMENTPROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONCAUSE DETERMINEDNOT FOCUSING 25
    • March 12-14, 2013 Baltimore Convention Center WHAT’s THECORE PROBLEM 26
    • WHAT IS THE CORE PROBLEM? ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPMENT GROUP “What is the CORE PROBLEM?” I CAN’T FIX SYMPTOMS Something deeper causes symptoms What lines beneath? 27
    • WHAT IS THE CORE PROBLEM? Lisa Heintzelman, Illuminations ConsultingI focus on MAXIMIZING THE POTENTIAL of individuals, teams, & organizations. STRENGTHS rather than weaknessesWith a focus on “development” Helping people use skills they already have effectively EXAMPLEI CAN’T DO SALES but I AM “CONSULTATIVE” 28
    • March 12-14, 2013 Baltimore Convention CenterWHAT TO DO 29
    • WHAT TO DO1. ADMIT2. READ3. MENTORSHIP – INDIVIDUAL & GROUP4. ASK – HOW AM I DOING?5. LOOK AROUND & SEE SYMPTOMS6. EVALUATE 30
    • “Success in Life How to Overcome Your Weaknesses” By Jason Osborn http://ezinearticles.com/?Success-in-Life---How-to-Overcome-Your-Weaknesses&id=575209In your journey to success you will encounter weaknesses in your life, if you dont deal with them, will hinder or stop you altogether from reaching success.Having weaknesses isnt really the big deal because we all have them. if you dont overcome those weaknesses, thats where you are in trouble.Here are 3 keys you can use to overcome your weaknesses. 1. Learn how to improve it. 2. Surround yourself with peoples strength. 3. Learn from others. 31
    • March 12-14, 2013 Baltimore Convention CenterCHANGE MANAGEMENT ORDISASTER MANAGEMENT 32
    • IT’s YOUR CHOICE: DISASTER MANAGEMENT or CHANGE MANAGEMENT IT IS going to be ONE or THE OTHER..Here’s the revelation that came out of the Roundtable Discussion of Harrisburg Biz Leaders, Friday, October 12, 2012.With the recognition that there is something amiss in what ishappening around you, and if you have the authority to resolve it, then you must accept the responsibility to take action to get it resolved..Sounds simple enough…..or is it?.Is there more there than meets “the eye“? 33
    • IT’s YOUR CHOICE:CHANGE MANAGEMENT …....... or ………. DISASTER MANAGEMENT IT IS going to be ONE or THE OTHER .4 characters you can choose for your response (or not) to issues that exist:The BLIND. Can you see the issue and do you know it’s a problem? Surely others around you might see it.The DEAF. Have others told you about something they think is a problem or could be improved, and for various reasons, you do not act on or respond to their input? Maybe you decided that the issue need not be addressed. You may be right, or wrong. Are you confident with your decision?The TIMID. Do you see the issue but are not addressing it? Are you ignoring it? Others may be wishing you would address it.The RESPONSIBLE. Have you decided that the issue must be addressed, and you are will to accept responsibility to take active and make plans for changes. You might not know how to go about it. Even if you do, a good policy would be to get another “set of eye” to help you through the changes needed to resolve the issue. 34
    • IT’s YOUR CHOICE: DISASTER MANAGEMENT …....... or ………. CHANGE MANAGEMENT IT IS going to be ONE or THE OTHERSo, of the 4 characters above, The Blind, The Deaf, The Timid, or The Responsible, “what are you good at doing” when you sense something is wrong.It might be a minor item or a major one.1. You sense something is not quite right and you havn’t put your finger on it.2. You don’t take the time to assess what’s happening or3. You know what’s happening and you just don’t want to face it.4. You know what’s wrong and need some help to get it resolved.Pick one of the above characteristics, and determine to enter some form ofChange Management before you must enter Disaster Management.. 35
    • March 12-14, 2013 Baltimore Convention Center THE END See Appendix forMore Information 36
    • 37 James Eugene BarbushOFFICE: 2021 BLUE MOUNTAIN PARKWAY HARRISBURG, PA 17112 717-514-5549 JamesEBarbush@GMail.com Success Facilitator Leadership Developer Speaker The Catch A Wave LookThe Business THANK YOU Look 37
    • March 12-14, 2013 Baltimore Convention Center HARRISBURG BIZ LEADERS A Venture of BARBUSH ENTERPRISES James Eugene Barbush Professional Engineer, Speaker, & Writer in Leadership DevelopmentSession No R3.21 March 14, 2013 10:00 am to 10:50 38 am
    • March 12-14, 2013 Baltimore Convention Center APPENDIX This Appendix is supporting information and is not part of the 50 minute session. It is provided to give the viewer sufficient information that the powerpoint slides do not show.Session No R3.21 March 14, 2013 10:00 am to 10:50 39 am
    • RESULTS REPORT By Harrisburg Biz Leaders Two Sessions April 26 and May 11, 2012 “Identify Strengths and Weaknesses…. and Make Needed Changes”Harrisburg Biz Leaders conducted 2 sessions on thistopic. The following slides include information from theResults Report for the 2 sessions.The Results Report provides the information discussedand learned during the sessions. 40
    • REPORT OF HBL SESSIONS April 26 and May 11, 2012“Identify Strengths and Weaknesses…. VIDEOS and Make Needed Changes” YouTube Channel by JamesEBarbush Playlist: 0 LEADERSHIP – Crossroads http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL654BC96ED6 C121FE&feature=view_all This YouTube playlist has numerous videos on leadership that are viewed at HBL Sessions, both inspirational and educational. “Building Strengths or Fixing Weaknesses” Jack Zenger http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yScEAL1yxks “How To Build On Your Strengths” Marcus Buckingham http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ5t8g3MCyk 41
    • REPORT OF HBL SESSIONS April 26 and May 11, 2012“Identify Strengths and Weaknesses…. Blog Articles and Make Needed Changes” How to Overcome a Weakness By C J Carter http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Overcome-a-Weakness&id=656256 Success in Life: How to Overcome Your Weaknesses By Jason Osborn http://ezinearticles.com/?Success-in-Life---How-to-Overcome-Your-Weaknesses&id=575209 The Fatal Flaw: The Most Essential Element for Bringing Characters to Life By Dara Marks http://www.writersstore.com/the-fatal-flaw-the-most-essential-element-for-bringing-characters-to-life What Can You Do With A Noxious Boss? Bу:Jobs Collector http://www.jobscollector.com/what-can-you-do-with-a-noxious-boss.html?goback=%2Egde_76367_member_110054160 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses Sales Source newsletter http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/8-core-beliefs-of-extraordinary-bosses.html 42
    • STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSESIn the book “First, Break All the Rules: What the Worlds GreatestManagers Do Differently”, Marcus Buckingham teaches that inleading other we should play to their strengths and not focus ontheir weaknesses. He makes a good case for that and I largelyagree with him.An important distinction is that Buckingham is telling us how tolead OTHERS. The focus is their strengths, not their weaknesses.Find out where people are strong and put them in situations thatfit them in their strengths. Do not expect them to operate well insituations where they are weak.The focus of this discussion is not how we lead others in THEIR strengths, and not how we lead in OUR strengths, but what do we do about OUR weaknesses. We have strengths…..and weaknesses. 43
    • STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSESISN’T IT EASY for us to recognize what we think are weaknesses in others?IS IT EASY to recognize our own weaknesses? Maybe not.We might not even recognize our weaknesses, and thus not doanything about fixing or making provisions to overcome them.WHAT HAPPENS IF We do not recognize our own weaknesses and address them to make some changes in how we lead?WHAT HAPPENS IS We affect others adversely. We affect our followers and those around us adversely because we are leading out of our strengths as well as out of our weaknesses. 44
    • STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSESI am not going to advocate that we must be able toidentify and fix all our weaknesses. Maybe we can’t.If we cannot identify and fix our weaknesses, we needto find someone to assess the symptoms that result fromour weakness.If we know where we are weak, we can delegate certainresponsibilities if we are not suited to doing them.This is a big topic that cannot be fully discussed in a briefpresentation. Surely, there is “a book” to be writtenabout this.My purpose here is to point to some high points usingtwo recent sessions conducted by Harrisburg BizLeaders on this topic. 45
    • 1 Awareness 2 Cause or Symptom 3 Check-Up 4 Criticism CONCEPTS DISCOVERED 5 Evaluation 6 Get Help BY 7 Identify 8 Knowing Self 9 Listen PARTICIPANTS 10 No Condemnation 11 Passion OF 12 Perception 13 PerseveranceHARRISBURG BIZ LEADERS 14 Recognize 15 Reversal 16 Strength = Weakness 17 Teams 18 Vision 46
    • CONCEPTS DISCOVERED BY PARTICIPANTS OF HARRISBURG BIZ LEADERS SEE FOLLOWING SLIDES FOR THESE 18 CRITERIA IN LARGER FONT.1. Awareness We can be aware of a weakness and thus act appropriately in a given situation to avoid adverse affects in a situation. Thus, we control ourselves in a way so that our weakness is not controlling us.2. Cause or Symptom Get to the root of the problem (the weakness) and do not focus on symptoms. A cracked wall could be caused by a cracked foundation. Therefore, patching the crack does not fix the problem.3. Check-Up As we do physically to get a medical check-up, we should also have a check-up on our leadership skills. Consider your business to be like a human body. What is the brain (knowledge base)? What is the heart (people, passion)? What are the legs (foundation)? And so on. There is a study waiting to be done on this concept.4. Criticism We must be able to take constructive criticism. Leave your ego at the door. Identify what the challenges are, aim at continual improvement, determine where you want to be.5. Evaluation In working with weaknesses, we should be in a positive and safe environment. Example: Toastmasters knows how to excellently critique speakers showing what is being done well, and make suggestions for improvements. It’s a win-win critique.6. Get Help Get someone stronger than you are. Personal and professional.7. Identify Look at results and ask why they are happening.8. Knowing Self Part of recognizing our weaknesses comes with “knowing ourselves”, knowing what we can and cannot do well.9. Listen Listen to others and connect with them.10. No Condemnation Don’t beat yourself up for a weakness. Recognize that we all have weaknesses and we all need to make improvements. Seek advice and help when weaknesses are difficult to overcome (accountability partner, books, videos, other inspiration).11. Passion If you are passionate about what you are doing, then we can be passionate about fixing our weaknesses. It’s connected to the accomplishment of your vision.12. Perception Is perception is reality? How others perceive you might not be what you intend to project. Ask for feedback that helps you and others, and creates more trust.13. Perseverance There will always be some obstacle on the way. That makes for a great journey, a great experience14 Recognize We should maximize our strengths and identify areas for continual improvement. If we recognize and deal with our15. Reversal Turning the negative to the positive16. Strength = Weakness Strengths and weaknesses are not mutually exclusive. A greatest strength could be our greatest weakness. Example: We operate with energy and passion. There are times when active energy and passion is appropriate and there are times when inactivity and quietness appropriate. Choose wisely.17. Teams Identify and document weaknesses of a team or system.18. Vision Review your vision and ask how weaknesses get in the way of the accomplishment of your mission and vision. 47
    • CONCEPTS DISCOVERED BY PARTICIPANTS OF HARRISBURG BIZ LEADERS1. Awareness We can be aware of a weakness and thus act appropriately in a given situation to avoid adverse affects in a situation. Thus, we control ourselves in a way so that our weakness is not controlling us.2. Cause / Symptom Get to the root of the problem (the weakness) and do not focus on symptoms. A cracked wall could be caused by a cracked foundation. Therefore, patching the crack does not fix the problem.3. Check-Up As we do physically to get a medical check-up, we should also have a check-up on our leadership skills. Consider your business to be like a human body. What is the brain (knowledge base)? What is the heart (people, passion)? What are the legs (foundation)? And so on. There is a study waiting to be done on this concept.4. Criticism We must be able to take constructive criticism. Leave your ego at the door. Identify what the challenges are, aim at continual improvement, determine where you want to be.5. Evaluation In working with weaknesses, we should be in a positive and safe environment. Example: Toastmasters knows how to excellently critique speakers showing what is being done well, and make suggestions for improvements. It’s a win-win critique.6. Get Help 48 Get someone stronger than you are. Personal and professional.
    • CONCEPTS DISCOVERED BY ATTENDEES HARRISBURG BIZ LEADERS7. Identify Look at results and ask why they are happening.8. Knowing Self Part of recognizing our weaknesses is “knowing ourselves”, knowing what we can and cannot do well.9. Listen Listen to others and connect with them.10.No Condemnation Don’t beat yourself up for a weakness. Recognize that we all have weaknesses and we all need to make improvements. Seek advice and help when weaknesses are difficult to overcome (accountability partner, books, videos, other inspiration).11.Passion If you are passionate about what you are doing, then we can be passionate about fixing our weaknesses. It’s connected to the accomplishment of your vision.12.Perception Is perception is reality? How others perceive you might not be what you intend to project. Ask for feedback that helps you and others, and creates more trust. 49
    • CONCEPTS DISCOVERED BY ATTENDEES HARRISBURG BIZ LEADERS13. Perseverance There will always be some obstacle on the way. That makes for a great journey, a great experience14 Recognize We should maximize our strengths and identify areas for continual improvement. If we recognize and deal with our15. Reversal Turning the negative to the positive16. Strength = Weakness Strengths and weaknesses are not mutually exclusive. A greatest strength could be our greatest weakness. Example: We operate with energy and passion. There are times when active energy and passion is appropriate and there are times when inactivity and quietness appropriate. Choose wisely.17. Teams Identify and document weaknesses of a team or system.18. Vision Review your vision and ask how weaknesses get in the way of the accomplishment of your mission and vision. 50
    • RECOGNIZING WEAKNESSES Reference Article Attached: “How to Overcome a Weakness”, By C J Carter, http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Overcome-a-Weakness&id=656256In the opening of the article, C J Carter states: “All people like to view themselves in a positive light. No one likes to be considered a failure or a lesser human being. But everyone has weaknesses. Most of the time people tend to ignore their weakness and focus on showcasing their positive attributes. There is nothing wrong with showing your positive attributes but you cant ignore your weaknesses. When people ignore the things that they are bad at, it tends to come back on them later in life.I agree. Do you?Do we recognize our weaknesses, or can we be blind to certain weaknesses? Think about that and I’m sureyou have the answer. In whatever case, what do we do about weakness? Here are choices we might make: IGNORE IT We do not even consider that how we are doing something involves a weakness. We just plow on through leaving a wake of damage thinking everything is fine, or not concerned about what has happened. And the cycle repeats. WRONG PERCEPTION We think we are doing right and truly do not know that we are causing problems. HELPLESS We know we are weak in an area, but have not figured out how to make a change to make improvements. ACTION We know we have weaknesses and take steps to improve ourselves.Can we self-diagnose the weaknesses in ourselves? Maybe. But what is a better way to reveal a weaknessand discover the full impact of that weakness: an accountability partner - Someone who knows us, someonewe trust, someone who is familiar with what we are doing, someone who can critique us properly, andsomeone we can accept proper criticism from. 51
    • THE FATAL FLAW Reference Blog Article Attached: “The Fatal Flaw - The Most Essential Element for Bringing Characters to Life” By Dara Marks http://www.writersstore.com/the-fatal-flaw-the-most-essential-element-for-bringing-characters-to-lifeI remember “way back in high school literature” (and that is way back), we weretaught about the “fatal flaw” in a character in a story. As defined by Dara Marks inthe attached article, “The FATAL FLAW is a struggle within a character to maintain a survival system long after it has outlived its usefulness.What that makes me think is that we can operate with a weakness, not recognizeit, and not do anything about it, then eventually we are not going to survive inwhat we are doing because the way we are doing it is deficient and that way willoutlive its usefulness. Thus, the weakness becomes fatal to what we are doing.If that is possible, then we must address our weaknesses, our weaknesses, notothers weaknesses. 52
    • March 12-14, 2013 Baltimore Convention Center HARRISBURG BIZ LEADERS A Venture of BARBUSH ENTERPRISES James Eugene Barbush Professional Engineer, Speaker, & Writer in Leadership DevelopmentSession No R3.21 March 14, 2013 10:00 am to 10:50 53 am