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Learning as a Weakness


If there are a few words I hear myself saying all-too-often, its those in the headline. Having just wrapped up a two-day work retreat in which, I revisited the StrengthsFinder for the first time in 9 years, I'm reminded of why. One of my strengths as a they is learner, which they describe as, "have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them." I think the next line should be, "and regularly wants to tell people what he/she has just learned."

Something else that came up during the facilitated review of our strengths was, "a strength overused can become our greatest weakness." When it comes to ideas and learning, the thing I must remain vigilant of is when this desire and process keeps me from focusing and doing the important work at-hand. I both celebrate my strength of bringing new insights to the table while acknowledging a tendency to drift from the need-to-do work to the fun-to-do work.

Go Forth Boldly


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