Alexander Ng is a consultant with atrain in Hong Kong, a global human resources management consultancy. From time to time you will see guest posts here from him.
It’s so easy for us go about our day-to-day lives without stopping to really think about the impact of our actions, our goals, and whether our behavior is leading us on a path toward accomplishing those goals – or in another direction all together.
Xander’s story is of a problem solver, someone whose top VIA strength is judgment. I am guessing this man may be a manager looking to achiever greater success. Others have criticized this man for finishing their points; however, until meeting with Xander, the problem solver was not seeing the big picture.
Here is Xander’s synopsis:
Optimizing Our Strengths
“A client of mine is a good problem solver, but his subordinates said he always criticizes them before they have finished their points. He admitted that he should improve, yet defended that he criticized his subordinates quickly only because he wanted to maximize his top strength (Judgment). I asked, ‘Based on my understanding, making good judgment is about analyzing issues from multiple perspectives, finding out the whole picture, and then making valid conclusions accordingly. Is that the same as your understanding about good judgment?’ He nodded and I continued, ‘So what are the implications of early interruption?’ After thinking for a few seconds, he experienced an Aha-moment and said ‘If I interrupt too early, I won’t be able to gather the necessary information for making good judgment, so it would actually limit my strength!’ He realized that he can overcome his weaknesses by optimizing his strength instead of suppressing it.
VIA strength-based development focuses on one’s strengths, but it does not ignore one’s weaknesses. It suggests overcoming weaknesses by utilizing or optimizing our strengths, which can reduce our resistance to change. It is an active and energizing approach.”
Well said, Xander. Have you had an Aha-momement? I’d love to hear about it in a comment to this post.