Like any person on the rise, you can never know yourself too well. Developing a better profile of your strengths and weaknesses will help you to increase your self-confidence and your knowledge of what kinds of work you do best.
It’s cool rite! The following 3 step exercise will help you to develop, analyze and fine tune your profile.
Step 1: Imagine you are one of your co-workers
Assume an executive search firm calls you to get more information on your co-worker (actually you). They ask you to be as candid as possible in assessing all positives and negatives. List them on paper or record them on your mobile.
Settle down comfortably in a place and at a time when you can be free of interruptions. Then start talking as if you were addressing the search firm’s interviewer. Talk about what your co-worker does well—and not so well. Comment on what the co-worker seems to like—and not to like.
- Principal activities on the job
- Previous functions
- Ambitions and goals
- Volunteer, community and professional association work
- Family and Social life
- Vocational interests, etc
Step 2: Filter strengths and weaknesses
As you play back the record or look over the list, underline those activities, functions, or areas in which you believe you are strong. And circle the areas which you believe, on reflection, you are not all that strong (or weak).
For each area you have underlined as strength, you should test to see whether you have overestimated your positives.
One test is to develop an exaggeration or caricature. To illustrate, you see yourself as an excellent manager of time. But is it possible that others may see you as compulsive about punctuality, incapable of being five minutes late or being kept that long by others?
Look over each exaggeration. Some you can reject. Others might reveal virtues that have unfortunately become excesses.
Step 3: Rate your strengths and weaknesses (1 to 5)
Put positive signs by each strength or skills that others have confirmed in their comments to you. Put negative signs by weaknesses that others have pointed out.
You should now have a fairly realistic assessment of your strengths, both those that you have underlined (and have not rejected as an exaggeration) and those that others have remarked on. By the same token, you have a list of weaknesses-your own assessment plus those made by others.
As a summary sum up your positives and negatives you got for the strengths and for the weaknesses.
You are now in a position to assign priorities: Which strengths should be improved on, which weaknesses turned into strengths? Frequently or on a schedule revisit and monitor the progress while refreshing the content of your profile.
Follow this 3 step exercise and have a boost in your self-confidence.