The Difference Between Strength and Weakness

I often talk about the power of focusing on what is right with ourselves and the people we manage and not dwelling upon what is lacking. In other words, focusing on strengths, not weaknesses.

But how do you tell the difference between a weakness and a strength that just needs some nurturing? I came upon a great definition of a strength that I know will help me with this.

stick man lifting weightStrengths are areas of endeavor where with practice and effort you can achieve consistent, near perfect, performance. Performance that is both excellent and fulfilling.

If I start working with someone on my team and encouraging them to focus more in an area I think they could excel at and I see things improving rapidly, their confidence and engagement level improving, and a new fire in their belly, I am going to go even harder at this. I will know I have struck the true gold of focusing on someone’s strengths.