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IDENTIFYING
YOUR
STRENGTHS
Sponsored in part by the Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan, Michigan Works! throu...
"It doesn’t matter who you
are, where you come from.
The ability to triumph
begins with you. Always."
- Oprah Winfrey
Have you ever tried to do something
over and over again but, no matter how
hard you tried, you just couldn’t get it?
We pu...
“Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of
our talents and strengths. Instead…we become
experts in our weaknesses and...
What are strengths?
“A particular way of processing
information that your brain is good at.”
“Consistent near-perfect perf...
If you were to
create a word
cloud to show an
employer your
greatest
strengths, what
would it say?
There are 3 raw materials
of strengths:
• Talents
• Knowledge
• Skills
A talent is a naturally
recurring pattern of
thought, feeling, or
behavior.
Talents endure because
they were “hardwired”...
Knowledge is a mix of facts
and lessons you’ve
learned.
Factual knowledge won’t
guarantee excellence, but
excellence is ...
The ability to do
something well.
Skills are generally
developed through a
combination of practice
and aptitude.
S
K
I
L...
The key to building your strengths is to
identify your dominant talents and then
refine them with knowledge and skills.
St...
Why is it important to identify your
strengths?
 Sets you apart from everyone else
 Leads to greater personal and profes...
How can you identify your
strengths?
1. Questionnaires
2. Self Reflection
Questionnaires
Questionnaires
 Help you dig into personal insights
 Give a better understanding and
description of your values
 Let yo...
A sure way to identify your
strengths and talents is
stepping back and watching
yourself for a while.
Self Reflection
1. Spontaneous Reactions
1. How do you react to situations you encounter?
2. Yearnings
1. What strong connections keep cal...
Success
 Using your strengths makes you feel successful
Instinct
 Activities you are naturally drawn to
Growth
 Where y...
Self Reflection
Bonus!
Use others to find your strengths:
 What do others ask for your help with?
 What do others want y...
Don’t ignore your weaknesses…
1. Identify them
2. Outsource them
3. Systematize them
4. Minimize them
5. Improve them
Mana...
“It takes curiosity, courage and a
sense of optimism in order to
determine and acknowledge what
you are good at. But when ...
Like what you saw?
We hope you found this information helpful. Check us out
at www.miworksmo.org.
• Give us any questions/...
Freedom Personal Development
“3 Ways to Identify Your Strengths and 4 Ways
to Handle Your Weaknesses”, June 18, 2009
Leah ...
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Identifying your strengths

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Learn how to identify your greatest strengths so you can effectively communicate them to a potential employer!

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Identifying your strengths

  1. 1. IDENTIFYING YOUR STRENGTHS Sponsored in part by the Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan, Michigan Works! through your local Workforce Development Board and Muskegon County Board of Commissioners. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities EEO/ADA/Employer/Programs – TTY# - 711.
  2. 2. "It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always." - Oprah Winfrey
  3. 3. Have you ever tried to do something over and over again but, no matter how hard you tried, you just couldn’t get it? We put so much energy into overcoming our weaknesses, we often overlook the importance of cultivating our strengths.
  4. 4. “Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths. Instead…we become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws, while strengths lie dormant and neglected.” Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton
  5. 5. What are strengths? “A particular way of processing information that your brain is good at.” “Consistent near-perfect performance in an activity.” “A part of your brain that’s more efficient than other parts.” “An activity that makes you feel strong.” “A combination of talents, skills and knowledge that are consistently and productively applied to achieve a desired result.”
  6. 6. If you were to create a word cloud to show an employer your greatest strengths, what would it say?
  7. 7. There are 3 raw materials of strengths: • Talents • Knowledge • Skills
  8. 8. A talent is a naturally recurring pattern of thought, feeling, or behavior. Talents endure because they were “hardwired” into your brain. T A L E N T S
  9. 9. Knowledge is a mix of facts and lessons you’ve learned. Factual knowledge won’t guarantee excellence, but excellence is impossible without it. K N O W L E D G E
  10. 10. The ability to do something well. Skills are generally developed through a combination of practice and aptitude. S K I L L S
  11. 11. The key to building your strengths is to identify your dominant talents and then refine them with knowledge and skills. Strengths Talents KnowledgeSkills
  12. 12. Why is it important to identify your strengths?  Sets you apart from everyone else  Leads to greater personal and professional development  Improves effectiveness  Makes your life more productive and fulfilled  Helps you experience a feeling of “rightness”
  13. 13. How can you identify your strengths? 1. Questionnaires 2. Self Reflection
  14. 14. Questionnaires
  15. 15. Questionnaires  Help you dig into personal insights  Give a better understanding and description of your values  Let you know what kind of work environment you will enjoy and excel in  Show you how you can enhance your strengths and develop your weaknesses
  16. 16. A sure way to identify your strengths and talents is stepping back and watching yourself for a while. Self Reflection
  17. 17. 1. Spontaneous Reactions 1. How do you react to situations you encounter? 2. Yearnings 1. What strong connections keep calling out to you? 2. What activities do you want to repeat? 3. Rapid Learning 1. What do you learn more quickly than other people? 2. What do you have a desire to learn more about? 4. Satisfactions 1. What activities do you feel good about? Self Reflection 4 clues to identify your strengths:
  18. 18. Success  Using your strengths makes you feel successful Instinct  Activities you are naturally drawn to Growth  Where you learn the most, come up with new ideas, and have the best insights Needs  Where you feel the need to spend the most time Use the SIGN Method: Self Reflection
  19. 19. Self Reflection Bonus! Use others to find your strengths:  What do others ask for your help with?  What do others want you to teach them?  What do you receive compliments for?  Simple but effective: just ask family, friends, and coworkers what they think you’re good at!
  20. 20. Don’t ignore your weaknesses… 1. Identify them 2. Outsource them 3. Systematize them 4. Minimize them 5. Improve them Manage them!
  21. 21. “It takes curiosity, courage and a sense of optimism in order to determine and acknowledge what you are good at. But when those strengths align with your career goals…look out! It’s rocket fuel for your future success.” Alma College
  22. 22. Like what you saw? We hope you found this information helpful. Check us out at www.miworksmo.org. • Give us any questions/comments/concerns • See our workshop schedule • Learn more about Michigan Works! Muskegon-Oceana
  23. 23. Freedom Personal Development “3 Ways to Identify Your Strengths and 4 Ways to Handle Your Weaknesses”, June 18, 2009 Leah Simpson Life Optimizer “12 Essential Lessons to Maximize Your Personal Strengths”, Donald Latumahina “Discovering Your Strengths”, Kathy Paauw, Organizing and Productivity Consultant January 2004, Issue 47 “Identify Your Strengths” Alma College – Academic Advising Generally Thinking “How to Identify Your Strengths” and “How to Manage Your Weaknesses” Warren Davies Sources of Insight “How to Find Your Strengths” Academic Advising Sources Cited: “Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance,” Marcus Buckingham

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