SOURCE: Mariposa Leadership, Inc.

October 04, 2007 13:14 ET

Mariposa Leadership Helps You Utilize Strengths to Enhance Productivity

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 4, 2007) - It should come as no surprise that everyone has areas of their work where they excel and areas that could use improvement. What may come as a surprise though is how rarely many employees actually get to apply their strengths while at work.

According to one Gallup poll, eighty percent of people reported that their strengths were not being utilized at work on a daily basis. That's a startling number! Businesses are spending countless hours and millions of dollars attempting to shore up employees' so-called "weaknesses," but aren't taking advantage of their employees' existing strengths.

Sue Bethanis, Founder/CEO of Mariposa Leadership, Inc., states that, "Employees and businesses spend countless hours and tons of money trying to improve skills and behaviors that may never come to fruition. Instead of 'fixing' shortcomings and 'mending' faults, employees and businesses should focus on identifying strengths and find ways to apply those strengths to work." She offers four action steps:

1. Identify your strengths -- Identification is a critical first step. To get an accurate picture assess yourself, then interview your boss, and those you work with.

2. Be an opportunist -- Find opportunities to begin applying your strengths to your work. If the opportunity doesn't currently exist, what can you do to create one?

3. Hire for your weaknesses -- You can't be good at everything. Hire people smarter than you are and who certainly are good at skills you're not!

4. Get a coach! -- Coaching is one of the most effective ways to identify and apply your strengths. A good coach brings important resources and skills to help you create a lasting roadmap for success.

Far too many people either aren't given the opportunity or aren't taking advantage of their strengths while at work. Instead of playing the blame game, get behind the steering wheel and take control. Create opportunities to apply your strengths today and see how much more productive and inspired you can be!

Susan J. Bethanis, Ed.D., is the Founder/CEO of Mariposa Leadership, Inc., author of "Leadership Chronicles of a Corporate Sage," and host of the popular leadership forum Wise Talk.

Mariposa Leadership, Inc. offers premier leadership coaching services to high-tech, biotech, and financial industries.

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