Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Secret to Knowing Your Own Talents

It’s actually easier than we think. A natural talent is the way we think, act or behave that comes easily to us with genuine enjoyment.

It’s almost like “second nature”.

Ask yourself these five powerful “what” questions and then confirm your answers by simply watching yourself when you are the happiest and “at your best”. The answers are right there in front of you.

  1. What do I gravitate toward?
  2. What appeals to me spontaneously?
  3. What comes easily to me?
  4. What attracts others to me? What do they say about my talents?
  5. What do I genuinely enjoy doing? Who do I enjoy being?

And our natural talents often have a central theme to them – like a red thread running through them. The next step of clarifying this theme(s) will be the single most important work you can do for yourself as you are growing and developing your professional career.

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StandOut: Find Your Edge at Work

StandOut: Find Your Edge at Work, by Marcus Buckingham, One Thing Productions, Inc.

This brand-new book and assessment continues Buckingham’s reputation as the national leader in the strengths movement. For 20 years, Buckingham worked for The Gallup Organization studying what makes the real difference in exceptional performance for both employees and their managers. Since then he has written and presented extensively on the power of knowing your own natural strengths and those of the people who work for you and with you.

This newest addition to the strengths movement is particularly good for people who have not taken the original assessment because this is more targeted. Out of nine strength roles, you will learn your top two and then receive specific advice on how to maximize these strengths in your career.

It’s simpler and more applicable than the earlier assessments. I would recommend it!

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