Thursday, January 7, 2016

Why Grow Your Weaknesses?

“What are your strengths and weaknesses, and how are you working on your weaknesses?” is a fairly common question in the ordination process and in job interviews. But it is a flawed question. While it’s important to know your strengths and weaknesses, why do we focus so much on fixing our weaknesses rather than getting even stronger with our strengths? 

Your gift may be pastoral care and your weakness administrative. You’ve got 5 extra hours in the week. Should you spend them using and growing your pastoral care gifts, or struggling to be better at something you might never be better at? Find a volunteer with strong administrative skills, let them do their thing, and you do yours.

Ian Altman wrote a great piece for Forbes Magazine entitled “Don’t Waste Time Fixing Your Weaknesses” which can be found here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianaltman/2015/09/15/dont-waste-time-fixing-your-weaknesses/  One of the great quotes from the article is from Lisa Cummings, CEO of Pinch Yourself Careers is an expert at building on your strengths. Lisa explained, “We have to stop trying to teach fish to climb trees.” Do you feel like someone (DCoM, SPR) is trying to make you into a fish who climbs trees? 

How are you addressing your strengths and weaknesses with your DCOM, BOM, SPR and DS? If you are needing help, visit www.wholesoulconsulting.org 


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