One of the personality tests I recommend is Strengthsfinder (by Gallup, now called CliftonStrengths). I agree with the principle that you should leverage your strengths instead of trying to fix your weaknesses. This method will give you great insights about how others may perceive you as well and the blindspots you may need to be aware of.
I am happy to share my strengths with some key points I have reflected on:
I just finished a classic book that was recently recommended to me (I cannot believe I hadn't heard about it yet). The Four Agreements reminded me of many principles I have learned over time:
Picking a coach whose style matches yours may make it easier for you to collaborate. I am very upfront about my personality style and have trained extensively with various models to be as self-aware as I can. I am focused on driving to the goals we have set and I am here on your side to get there. I communicate in a concise manner and I like to get straight to the point so that we are on the same page and clear about where we are. I enjoy getting feedback (positive and constructive) and I am not afraid of changing course when needed. I also believe that less is better and sometimes the simplest things are key to success. I look forward to getting to know you more. Feel free to schedule a call with me to chat about how I can help you transform your life!
I had a wonderful conversation with Albert Myles about how to create balance as leader, how to make the best of the COVID crisis and how to learn from various cultures to grow and adopt an open-minded attitude.
How to formulate a problem statement is an essential skill to build. A problem statement doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a “problem” but it describes what you are trying to achieve, which can be an improvement, a problem to solve or a new and different way of doing things.
What can be challenging about creating a problem statement is to be able to lead with abstract thinking, instead of creating a solution before understanding the potential scope of what you are dealing with. The difference between creating the problem statement and finding the optimal solution can be seen as strategy vs. operations. If you are operation-driven, you may be in the habit of basing your performance on quantity (how much we do); if you are strategy-driven, you want to “think first” before going into action so that you can ensure you are on the right direction and could create a new way of doing based on quality, leading to better outcomes. You may still want to be...
It is not uncommon to see differences in our behavior in various areas of life. Coaching can help provide a balance and tools to make you feel more comfortable where you may have challenges.