What's your weakness and how will you overcome it? Learn how to avoid or get cover or self develop in order to conquer weakness and be a better team member.
- Knowing your weaknesses is just as important as knowing your strengths, in fact, maybe more important. To know and accept that you are, say, bad at detail or irritable when tired or too optimistic, whatever. And if everybody else in the team knows about these things as well as you knowing, that's really useful. Once you know your weaknesses, there are three options for you. Number one is to avoid situations where you'd need to use that skill. If you don't like detail or are impatient, avoid the stock check meeting.
And if you're not good chatting with strangers then avoid being on the exhibition stand. Option number two is to get cover from colleagues in the team. Maybe there are others who love sorting out those stock check details or love chatting to potential customers on the exhibition stand. Really, this is the essence of a team. And maybe you can do the same for them and help out in areas that they don't like but which you find easy. The third of option for your weakness is self-development.
Or is it? Some people say it's a waste of time trying to teach a pig to sing. All it does is annoy the pig. But as a trainer, I would say that you can learn anything you want to learn. Okay, you might not get to be the best in the world but you can be good enough to get by. The question is whether you need to if you've got a team of people who can do the things that you're bad at. What do you think? Is it okay to say I'm hopelessly disorganized but my team members can do that bit? Or should you think I'm going to learn about time management and get myself organized, so that I can contribute even more to my team? I know which one I'd believe.
And maybe that shy guy who hates being on the exhibition stand will be more honest sounding than the chatty ones, and maybe the engineer type customer will relate to him more. Certainly, if you don't come out of your comfort zone, don't even try self-development. You won't ever know if you can learn it. But I do accept that there might be some things that are just genetically impossible for some people to change. In which case, okay then the team cover them for you. I think creativity might be one of these.
Some people have it massively and some people don't have much of it, it's just how it is. But I don't want this to be an excuse for laziness. If you've got a short temper then learn to control it because you can do that. If you're nervous about doing presentations then learn to do good ones because you can. So, I've got a fun job for you now to complete my chart of weaknesses. Make a list of your main ones and if you think you don't have any then ask a good friend.
And then for each one, list how you'll cover it. You should find that very interesting.
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- Getting the job done
- Dividing up the work
- Cultivating communication
- Handling conflict
- Delivering reliably
- Playing more than one role
- Using your strengths and dealing with your weaknesses