Succeed with your strengths:
Assess and apply your unique strengths
toward your ideal career

Steve Lee, PhD

Graduate Div...
#1 Succeed with your Strengths:
Assess and apply your unique strengths
towards your ideal career
Friday 8:30 am, Lincoln C...
Achieving success is like
navigating along a path

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Achieving success is like
navigating along a path

But how do you navigate?
Where are you now?

4
What’s your ideal destination,
and your definition of success?
How will you know when you
get there?
Let’s discuss!
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The “rules for success” in science …
1.)
2.)
3.)

are usually too simplistic, and
don’t consider your unique strengths.
6
All students at ABRCMS …
have been successful,
and want to succeed,
but not all succeed.
Why not?
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Marshall Goldsmith points out …

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Key Message:
To achieve success, you must:
assess your strengths accurately
apply your strengths strategically

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Key questions for today:
 What exactly is a strength?
 What are your unique strengths?
 How can you apply your strength...
What exactly is a strength?
For our discussion:

strength = skill + joy
=

+
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Don’t most people already know
and use their strengths?


In a Gallup
survey:




97% said their leadership skills
are ...
Most students aren’t aware of their
strengths and weaknesses
Kruger and Dunning, 1999 and 2003.

100
80

%

60
40

Actual ...
Many don’t assess themselves
accurately, but there’s hope!
Kruger and Dunning, 1999 and 2003.

We can improve our metacogn...
Addendum to Key Message:
Your chance for success is improved
when you accurately assess and
strategically apply your stren...
What metacognitive skills
do I need to develop?
 Personal Competence
 self-awareness
 self-regulation
 motivation
 So...
You can assess your strengths with
the Myers-Briggs types
How do you prefer:
● to relate to people?

○ Extroverts or E-typ...
Let’s practice applying
strengths in a case study
Discuss the case study and
respond to the questions
with your neighbors
...
Suggested activities:






Take an unofficial, free Myers-Briggs test
 humanmetrics.com
Self-reflection exercises
 7...
Resources
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Please Understand Me II





Strengths Based Leadership





David Keirsey
Myers-Briggs test and explan...
Assess and apply your strengths
to improve your chances for success.

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Succeed with your Strengths:

Assess and apply your unique strengths toward your ideal career
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Success Types in Medical Education by John Pelley: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/SOM/success/
What the Types Can Offer Each Oth...
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Succeed with your strengths ABRCMS 2013

  1. 1. Succeed with your strengths: Assess and apply your unique strengths toward your ideal career Steve Lee, PhD Graduate Diversity Officer ABRCMS 2013
  2. 2. #1 Succeed with your Strengths: Assess and apply your unique strengths towards your ideal career Friday 8:30 am, Lincoln C/D/E #2 Succeed through your F ailures: Learning to fail productively Friday 6:45 pm, Jackson A/B Presentation materials in Slideshare.net
  3. 3. Achieving success is like navigating along a path 3
  4. 4. Achieving success is like navigating along a path But how do you navigate? Where are you now? 4
  5. 5. What’s your ideal destination, and your definition of success? How will you know when you get there? Let’s discuss! 5
  6. 6. The “rules for success” in science … 1.) 2.) 3.) are usually too simplistic, and don’t consider your unique strengths. 6
  7. 7. All students at ABRCMS … have been successful, and want to succeed, but not all succeed. Why not? 7
  8. 8. Marshall Goldsmith points out … 8
  9. 9. Key Message: To achieve success, you must: assess your strengths accurately apply your strengths strategically 9
  10. 10. Key questions for today:  What exactly is a strength?  What are your unique strengths?  How can you apply your strengths strategically?  What’s the current research in assessing and applying strengths? 10
  11. 11. What exactly is a strength? For our discussion: strength = skill + joy = + 11
  12. 12. Don’t most people already know and use their strengths?  In a Gallup survey:   97% said their leadership skills are at or above average (!) Many don’t assess their strengths accurately Survey: do you have “the opportunity to do what you do best every day” at work  14% China 13% France 26% Germany 36% India 15% Japan 32% USA Most aren’t using their strengths regularly 12
  13. 13. Most students aren’t aware of their strengths and weaknesses Kruger and Dunning, 1999 and 2003. 100 80 % 60 40 Actual Test Score Perceived Test Score 20 0 Bottom quartile 2nd quartile 3rd quartile Top quartile 13
  14. 14. Many don’t assess themselves accurately, but there’s hope! Kruger and Dunning, 1999 and 2003. We can improve our metacognitive skills by:  being aware of the context of our peers,  and by improving our competence. 14
  15. 15. Addendum to Key Message: Your chance for success is improved when you accurately assess and strategically apply your strengths … which is not trivial, but can be developed by sharpening your metacognitive skills. 15
  16. 16. What metacognitive skills do I need to develop?  Personal Competence  self-awareness  self-regulation  motivation  Social Competence  empathy  social skills 16
  17. 17. You can assess your strengths with the Myers-Briggs types How do you prefer: ● to relate to people? ○ Extroverts or E-types ○ Introverts or I-types ● to gather information? ○ Sensors or S-types ○ Intuitors or N-types ● to make decisions? ○ Thinkers or T-types ○ Feelers or F-types ● to relate to the outside world? ○ Judgers or J-types ○ Perceivers or P-types 17
  18. 18. Let’s practice applying strengths in a case study Discuss the case study and respond to the questions with your neighbors 18
  19. 19. Suggested activities:    Take an unofficial, free Myers-Briggs test  humanmetrics.com Self-reflection exercises  7 success stories and 40 year vision  fiveoclockclub.com Write and keep a journal 19
  20. 20. Resources  Please Understand Me II    Strengths Based Leadership    David Keirsey Myers-Briggs test and explanation Rath and Conchie another assessment test What Color is your Parachute?   Richard Bolles “bible” of professional development 20
  21. 21. Assess and apply your strengths to improve your chances for success. 21
  22. 22. Succeed with your Strengths: Assess and apply your unique strengths toward your ideal career Steve Lee, PhD Graduate Diversity Officer at the University of California Davis (started November 12, 2013) www.linkedin.com/pub/steve-lee/5/9a1/857 ABRCMS 2013 – Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 8:30 am • Group Activity – Case Study o To help you understand and apply the Myers-Briggs personality types, discuss this case study within your group, and address the questions. This case study is based upon a real situation that a student encountered. However, it was simplified to involve primarily only one of the four possible categories of the Myers-Briggs types, since this workshop is an introduction into the Myers-Briggs personality types. Case 1 – John and his research advisor o John has been having trouble understanding his research advisor’s expectations and goals for his research. This is particularly frustrating for John, because he’s very friendly and gets along with most people. He has weekly meetings with his advisor, where he tells her all about his ups and downs from his research progress, along with complications and successes. John is aware that he’s communicative and talkative, so he believes that he’s doing a good job with informing her about his research progress. But recently his advisor has asked him questions that surprised him, because John didn’t realize that she had wanted something else. John just wishes that she would explain more clearly what she wants and expects, so that they can work better together. But his advisor doesn’t seem to say much during their meetings, and seems withdrawn from John’s perspective. Questions: o Which of the 4 Myers-Briggs (MB) categories might explain their different preferences? ─ Based upon this description, what do you think is John’s MB type? Explain your reasoning, referring to details mentioned in the case study. ─ What do you think is the PI’s MB type? Explain your reasoning. o How might John adapt to improve his understanding of her expectations for his research? o How might John use his strengths from his MB type to help resolve his problem? o What underdeveloped type skills (see tables below for some ideas) might John need to address as he considers how to improve communications with his PI? o Converse question: how might this situation become different, if both John and his PI had the opposite types? ─ What potential problems might arise in this situation? 1
  23. 23. • Success Types in Medical Education by John Pelley: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/SOM/success/ What the Types Can Offer Each Other EXTRAVERTS • Provide the outwardly directed energy needed to move into action • Offer responsiveness to what is going on in the environment • Have a natural inclination to converse and to network INTROVERTS • Provide the inwardly directed energy needed for focused reflection • Offer stability from attending to deep ideas, and listening to others • Have a natural tendency to think and work alone Well-developed type skills and Positive Perceptions Extraversion Active approach Bring breadth Sensing Practical Brings data Thinking Analyze situations Bring consistency Judging Decisive Bring a plan • • • • Underdeveloped type skills and Negative Perceptions Introversion Reflective approach Bring depth Intuition Imaginative Brings perspective Feeling Affiliate people Bring harmony Perceiving Inquisitive Bring options Extraversion Hyperactive Superficial Sensing Slow & dull Narrow focus Thinking Cold & uncaring Overly competitive Judging Overly opinionated Controlling Thanks for coming to my workshop! I hope that it was helpful. Introversion Withdrawn & secretive Overly serious Intuition Careless Impractical & dreamy Feeling Easily hurt Overly sentimental Perceiving Indecisive Procrastinating My presentations and handouts for both workshops are available at < www.slideshare.net >. Succeed with your Strengths : Assess and apply your unique strengths toward your ideal career o Friday, Nov 15 at 8:30 am Succeed with your Failures: Learning to fail productively o Friday, Nov 15 at 6:45 pm 2
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