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Sorry blog-followers, last week, I left you hanging.

If you read my article “Putting Your Strengths To Work: Step One”, based on the writing of Marcus Buckingham, I asked you to capture the work activities that you enjoyed doing and hated doing for one week.

(If you missed it or need a refresher — especially after two weeks — here’s the original article.)

Now that you have one week’s worth of data, it’s time to analyze it. Look at each of the activities and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does it matter why I do this activity?
  • Does it matter who I do this activity with/to/for?
  • Does it matter when I am doing this activity?
  • Does it matter what this activity is about?

Your answer to each of these questions could be factors in your enjoyment of/dislike for each particular job.

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For example, perhaps you really like the gang at David Jones’s company and you might misinterpret the pleasure of hanging out with them for enjoyment of the act of selling. But you also might be able to further clarify that idea to say that you enjoy selling to a particular type of company — e.g. one with a young, fun staff.

Or, for another example, manually entering client names in a database might have been something that drained you one afternoon. But perhaps if you tried the same job in the morning, while listening to music, you might find it a relaxing way to start the day. Then again, maybe not. You might just really hate typing in data.

Anyway, that’s why this clarification process helps. By the end of the process, you should have at least one or two solid, specific strengths — things you enjoy doing and are good at. Plus a similar number of weakness — things you dislike and that drain your energy (whether or not you are good at them).

Your goal this week? Plan the next seven days, specifically, so that you spend more time working to the the strengths you’ve discovered and less time in your areas of weakness.

Of course, you’re wondering … how can you spend less time on things that weaken you? The simple answer is … Outsource, ignore, or change the way you do the job.

Let’s say you hate — absolutely hate, with the heat of a thousand suns — vacuuming your showroom carpet. But fact is, you’re a one-person business and there’s nobody else to do it. We couldn’t recommend ignoring the carpet. Your customers would notice pretty fast. As a last resort, you might try to turn vacuuming into a game — time yourself every time and try to set a record. But you might still end reaching the point where vacuuming the floor has so burned you out that you’re thinking of closing your business. If you’re at that state, you really should outsource the job — hire a cleaning company or a part-time cleaner.

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This could allow you to spend more time on the things that you love and are good at — developing custom designs for your customers — allowing you to serve more. And who knows, your new part-time cleaner might do a better job on your floors, bringing in even more customers. And so on.

That’s Buckingham’s point. Everybody wins when they work to their strengths. Life’s too short not to give it a try.


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Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

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How To Stop Doing What Weakens You

Sorry blog-followers, last week, I left you hanging.

If you read my article “Putting Your Strengths To Work: Step One”, based on the writing of Marcus Buckingham, I asked you to capture the work activities that you enjoyed doing and hated doing for one week.

(If you missed it or need a refresher — especially after two weeks — here’s the original article.)

Now that you have one week’s worth of data, it’s time to analyze it. Look at each of the activities and ask yourself the following questions:

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  • Does it matter why I do this activity?
  • Does it matter who I do this activity with/to/for?
  • Does it matter when I am doing this activity?
  • Does it matter what this activity is about?

Your answer to each of these questions could be factors in your enjoyment of/dislike for each particular job.

For example, perhaps you really like the gang at David Jones’s company and you might misinterpret the pleasure of hanging out with them for enjoyment of the act of selling. But you also might be able to further clarify that idea to say that you enjoy selling to a particular type of company — e.g. one with a young, fun staff.

Or, for another example, manually entering client names in a database might have been something that drained you one afternoon. But perhaps if you tried the same job in the morning, while listening to music, you might find it a relaxing way to start the day. Then again, maybe not. You might just really hate typing in data.

Anyway, that’s why this clarification process helps. By the end of the process, you should have at least one or two solid, specific strengths — things you enjoy doing and are good at. Plus a similar number of weakness — things you dislike and that drain your energy (whether or not you are good at them).

Your goal this week? Plan the next seven days, specifically, so that you spend more time working to the the strengths you’ve discovered and less time in your areas of weakness.

Of course, you’re wondering … how can you spend less time on things that weaken you? The simple answer is … Outsource, ignore, or change the way you do the job.

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Let’s say you hate — absolutely hate, with the heat of a thousand suns — vacuuming your showroom carpet. But fact is, you’re a one-person business and there’s nobody else to do it. We couldn’t recommend ignoring the carpet. Your customers would notice pretty fast. As a last resort, you might try to turn vacuuming into a game — time yourself every time and try to set a record. But you might still end reaching the point where vacuuming the floor has so burned you out that you’re thinking of closing your business. If you’re at that state, you really should outsource the job — hire a cleaning company or a part-time cleaner.

This could allow you to spend more time on the things that you love and are good at — developing custom designs for your customers — allowing you to serve more. And who knows, your new part-time cleaner might do a better job on your floors, bringing in even more customers. And so on.

That’s Buckingham’s point. Everybody wins when they work to their strengths. Life’s too short not to give it a try.


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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials | Sollberger’s

Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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