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Contrary to the prevailing wisdom to build on one's strength, this presentation warns from the ill effects of such a practice. It is more important to deal with your weaknesses while maintaining …

Contrary to the prevailing wisdom to build on one's strength, this presentation warns from the ill effects of such a practice. It is more important to deal with your weaknesses while maintaining balance of your focal strengths. Businesses, investors and others might find this presentation challenging

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  • Hello Trinity Blu, you touched upon a great point, which is the emotional value of teaching. Your understanding is nearly perfect. It is important to reduce the gap of kids by emotional approaches. I want to refer to your occasional anger, which is weakness. If we tease a student while he/she is angry then the possibility that we make things worse is real. We never add cold things to hot things. For example, we never add cold water to hot cooking oil for fear hot oil will splash out chaotically. The right way is to add hot oil to cold water. In the same token, an angry student (hot) must be added to a cool teacher. The teacher should allow the student to vent out his/her anger first. We need to reduce the gap as teachers between our strengths and weaknesses before we may reduce it for our students.
    Trinity Blu, you are an inspirer of good ideas.
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  • HELLO ALI, I AM NOT A CIVIL ENGINEER OR A PHD OR ANY SUCH .......

    FROM MY LOWLY UNDERSTANDING, HAVING READ THROUGH YOUR TEXT AND AFTER READING ALL THE COMMENTS, I CAN ONLY COMMENT ON WHAT I PERCEIVE AS STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS, IN REGARDS TO MY PROFESSION AND MY PRESENTATIONS.......

    SO PLEASE EXCUSE ME IF MY COMMENT IS NOT UP TO PAR WITH THE OTHER PROFESSIONAL ONES HERE.......

    AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED , I AM WEAK IF I WERE TO SHOW ANGER OR IMPATIENCE OR A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF MY PUPILS SLOWNESS IN GRASPING CAPACITY, INEPTITUDE, INDISCIPLINED BEHAVIOUR, OR SUCH PROBLEMS AS A TEACHER MAY FACE ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS.....

    BUT SUPPOSE, IN A MOMENT OF WEAKNESS, I DO EXHIBIT ANY OF THESE 'WEAKNESSES' AND SEE FROM THE CHILD’S FACE OR HIS/HER REACTION TO MY MISTAKE,......I TRY TO RECTIFY IT IMMEDIATELY WITH AN APOLOGY OR CALL THE CHILD BACK OR SPEAK TO THE CHILD PRIVATELY, TAKING THE TIME TO LISTEN AND UNDERSTAND , I AM CLOSING THE 'GAP' BETWEEN MY WEAKNESS AND STRENGTH AND , IN FACT ADDING TO MY STRENGTHS IN MY CAPACITY AS A TEACHER......

    ITS WHEN TIME IS NOT GIVEN TO THE CHILD WHEN HE/SHE NEEDS IT, THEN THAT IS WHEN WE INCREASE THE 'GAP' BETWEEN STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS......

    ....THUS LEAVING OURSELVES OPEN TO BECOME OVER TIME 'INEFFECTIVE TEACHERS'.....

    ......BECAUSE BEING A TEACHER NOT ONLY INVOLVES IMPARTING INFORMATION BUT ACTING AS A STAND-IN PARENT, PSYCHOLOGIST, THERAPIST, POLICEMAN,ETC,ETC ;;)).........

    I AM NOT PERFECT, EVEN IF I REALIZE MY STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES......BUT I CAN ALWAYS TRY TO BE...... WHEN I TRY TO WORK TO REDUCE THE 'GAP'...........

    I HOPE MY COMMENT WAS HELPFUL, AT LEAST IN SOME SMALL WAY ::))))..........
    LOVE & HUGS..............
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  • I thank you Bernard for your kind comment. It is timely as it just coincided with what I am reading now on complexity theory. Let me quote

    It is more important to identify the worst performing element in a network than the best one - contrasting fundamentally with the current approach which focuses on identifying best practices and standardizing them across the organization
    The link is
    http://www.bioteams.com/2005/07/16/complex_adaptive_systems.html

    This supports your agreeing with me that we need to build on our weakness before our strengths.
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  • Yes Ali, I agree with your analysis ... As the noted Sheereen ... balance is wanted everywhere... Thank for sharing. Good day. Bernard
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  • Sompong, I agree with you fully. If you inspect the quadrant (last slide) I mention that NOT all strengths and weaknesses are rewarding. I call for focusing on the important ones with the view to strengthening weaknesses with the simultaneity of keeping our strengths. I thank you so much for your valuable comments.
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  • 1. Build on Your Weakness Ali Anani
  • 2. Build on Strength or Weakness? A simple question that may exhibit the “Butterfly Effect” The prevailing wisdom is to build on your strength Is to turn the familiar into unfamiliar Challenge inherited wisdoms and beliefs Wisdom Build on your weakness Creativity New Wisdom Challenge
  • 3. THE STRENGTH OF AN ORGANIZATION THE WEAKNESS OF AN ORGANIZATION The Intrinsic Gap The Gap between Strength and Weakness Gap
  • 4. THE STRENGTH OF AN ORGANIZATION THE WEAKNESS OF AN ORGANIZATION The Intrinsic Gap We tend to Increase the gap- Why? Gap
  • 5. THE STRENGTH OF AN ORGANIZATION THE WEAKNESS OF AN ORGANIZATION The Intrinsic Gap We tend to Increase the gap- Why? Gap As Gerald Nanninga responded to my comment by saying “The studies I have read indicate that it is usually easier to exploit a strength you already have than to try to create a strength where there is a weakness.Therefore, building on weaknesses can be very risky”.
  • 6. THE STRENGTH OF AN ORGANIZATION THE WEAKNESS OF AN ORGANIZATION The Intrinsic Gap We tend to Increase the gap- this is a risky business Gap Anani showed in an earlier presentation on slideshare entitled “Business Ideas Inspired by Eggs” that increasing gaps weakens any system
  • 7. THE STRENGTH OF AN ORGANIZATION THE WEAKNESS OF AN ORGANIZATION The Intrinsic Gap We tend to Increase the gap- this is a risky business Gap Strengthening the strength while keeping the weakness increases the gap and weakens the system. Remember the it is the weakest point that determines the strength of a system
  • 8. THE STRENGTH OF AN ORGANIZATION THE WEAKNESS OF AN ORGANIZATION The Intrinsic Gap We tend to Increase the gap- in contrast, we should reduce the gap Gap We should reduce the gap between strengths and weaknesses to strengthen any organization and not the other way round
  • 9. The Strength-Weakness Quadrant Where to start?
  • 10. The Strength-Weakness Quadrant A Balanced View The balanced view is achieved by focusing on quadrants 3 and 4
  • 11. The Strength-Weakness Quadrant A Balanced View By keeping impacting strengths and dealing with spiraling weaknesses to reduce the gap between them
  • 12. The Strength-Weakness Quadrant A Balanced View- Support from Charles Prabakar Prabakar responded to a comment of mine by saying “HelloAli, Sure, I understand your point of building on weaknesses – provided we do it within the context of our balancing opposite’s principle- which is exactly my point of building a preventive/overcoming strategy on top of one’s weaknesses”.
  • 13. An Extensible Approach Greed-Fear Quadrant
  • 14. An Extensible Approach Greed-Fear Quadrant Investors should balance quadrants 3 and 4. However; using the same analogy as before investors should reduce the gap between these two quadrants if they are to invest wisely. Failing to do so will only weaken them.
  • 15. The Rabbit and the Tortoise The Tortoise Won Because of the Rabbits’ Weakness in Crossing a Water Pool Your today’s strength might be redundant tomorrow Feeling of strength might fill you with failure. IBM failed to see the incoming threat because of “Strength Blindness” Organizations fail because of their weaknesses and not strengths
  • 16. Organizational Adaptability and Capacity
  • 17. Best of All… Be Creative at the Boundary

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