The Art of Strengths Coaching

P is for The Positive Approach To Focusing On Your Purpose, Principles And Picture Of Success

There are many ways to live life. The positive approach starts by choosing to have a positive attitude. It then involves focusing on your purpose, principles and picture of success.

People who take this approach are often positive realists. They have a positive attitude but are also good at reading reality. They are good at seeing patterns and anticipating what may happen. They then build on what they can control and manage what they can’t.

Such people develop a sense of purpose. Sometimes this means focusing on short-term goals. Sometimes it means following a spiritual faith, a vocation or serving something greater than themselves. Sometimes it means working towards their life goals.

They believe in following certain principles. Different people will believe in different principles and aim to express these in their daily lives and work. They may choose to do this by, for example, encouraging people, doing satisfying work or helping to build a better world.

Such people often aim to enjoy the journey when working towards their goals. They set goals by clarifying the real results they want to achieve. They then follow their chosen principles towards achieving the picture of success.

Looking back, can you think of a situation when you chose to have a positive approach? You may have chosen to overcome a setback, pursue a stimulating project, tackle a challenge or do another activity that gave you satisfaction.

What did you do then to have a positive attitude? What did you to focus on the specific purpose, follow your principles and achieve your picture of success?

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

Describe a specific situation in the past when you chose to have a positive attitude and then focus on the purpose, principles and picture of success.  

Describe the specific things you did to take these steps.

Describe the specific things that happened as a result.

Choosing To Have
A Positive Attitude

People make choices every day. They can choose to be positive or negative, to be creators or complainers to take responsibility or avoid responsibility. The choices they make have consequences, both for themselves and other people.

Alice Herz-Sommer was somebody who chose to be positive. A pianist and survivor of Nazi concentration camps, she continued to enjoy life well past the age of 100.

Alice’s view of life reached a wider audience after an interview she gave to the BBC became popular on the web. Here are some things she said in the interview.

Life is beautiful 

I have lived through many wars and have lost everything many times – including my husband, my mother and my beloved son.  

Yet, life is beautiful, and I have so much to learn and enjoy. I have no space nor time for pessimism and hate.

And life is beautiful, love is beautiful, nature and music are beautiful. Everything we experience is a gift, a present we should cherish and pass on to those we love.

Life brings pain and beauty, said Alice, but she focused on gratitude, love, kindness, nature, music and the joyful things in life. She said the secret of happiness is:

To focus on what is really important in life.

Caroline Stoessinger gave an insight to Alice’s approach in her book A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer. She provided a series of quotes in which Alice explained her philosophy. These included the following.

Gratitude is essential for happiness. Only when we are old do we realise the beauty of life.

When I play Bach, I am in the sky. My world is music. Music is a dream. It takes you to paradise.

I am richer than the world’s richest people, because I am a musician. Music saved my life. Music is God. 

Every day is a miracle. No matter how bad my circumstances, I have the freedom to choose my attitude to life, even to find joy.

Evil is not new. It is up to us how we deal with both good and bad. No one can take this power away from us.

My optimism has helped me through my darkest days. The more I read, think and speak with people, the more I realise just how happy I am. 

When I die I can have a good feeling. I have done my best. I believe I lived my life the right way.

Here is a video in which Alice talks about her life and philosophy.

I learned a similar lesson about choosing to be positive during my early twenties when I was caring for older people in hospital. Jacko, as he wished to be called, was one of the people I looked after. He had lost the use of his lower body but he loved his food and continued to enjoy each day.

Part of my duties involved dragging small pieces of faeces from his bottom. Jacko asked me to count each piece during the process and he took great delight in reaching a certain number. Procedure over, he then looked forward to the food he was going to enjoy that day. He taught me about the joy of being alive each day.

Choosing To
Develop A Purpose

People love to have a sense of purpose. They love to do something they believe in and work towards achieving a stimulating goal.

Sometimes this can involve pursuing a short-term purpose, such as completing a satisfying task. Sometimes it can involve doing something each day towards achieving their life goals.

Sometimes it can involve serving something greater than themselves. It can mean following a spiritual faith, a vocation or a sense of mission. Pursuing this route often provides them with the strength they need to tackle challenges in their life and work.

Some people seem to know their purpose at an early age, whilst for others it is a lifetime quest. Here are some of the approaches that people take towards developing a sense of purpose.

Different people use different ways to express their sense of purpose. Peter Benson, for example, devoted his life to focusing on people’s sparks. He had a profound influence on the way many people encourage children, teenagers and adults. He wrote:

 

Peter looked for the good in everybody and everything. Whilst being a rigorous researcher, he conveyed his findings about people in a compassionate and inspiring way. Here are some of the things he said about sparks.

Sparks are the hidden flames in kids that excite them and tap into their true passions.

Sparks come from the gut. They motivate and inspire. They’re authentic passions, talents, assets, skills, and dreams.

Sparks can be musical, athletic, intellectual, academic, or relational; from playing the violin to working with kids or senior citizens.

Sparks get kids going on a positive path, away from the conflicts and negative issues – violence, promiscuity, drugs, and alcohol – that give teens a bad name and attract so much negative energy.

Sparks can ignite a lifelong vocation or career, or balance other activities to create an emotionally satisfying, enriched life.

Great educators look for these signs in students. They then encourage, educate and enable people to keep these alive throughout their lives.

Peter died at the age of 65 in 2011, but his work lives on through colleagues at the Search Institute. Below is a video of him in action. You can discover more at the official web site.

http://www.search-institute.org/

Choosing To
Follow Your Principles

Imagine that you have begun to explore your purpose. You may want to encourage other people, create beauty, help people find satisfying work, pass on a positive legacy or pursue another activity.

How you can you translate this into action? One approach is to clarify the principles you want to follow in your daily life and work. The Dalai Lama says, for example:

My religion is kindness.

He therefore tries to express kindness in his daily life when communicating with people, giving television interviews and doing other activities. He keeps focusing on the core drivers in his life.

Many individuals take this approach. They clarify their purpose and the principles they want to follow to translate this into action. They aim to express these principles in personal and professional situations.

Such individuals then return to their centre. They relax, re-centre and refocus. This enables them to keep drawing strength from the central beliefs in their life. They then explore how they can follow their principles in the next situation.

A person who takes this approach is more likely to be centred. They keep returning to their inner compass. They then focus on how they can follow their chosen principles in the different situations they encounter in life.

Different people focus on different principles. Bearing in mind their purpose, different individuals may say they believe in doing the following things.

To be kind, to help other people and to build a fairer world. 

To appreciate life, to create beautiful things and to spread happiness.

Looking at my own life, for example, there are several principles I aim to follow in situations. These are:

To be a positive encourager. 

To help people to build on their strengths and achieve their picture of success.

To help to build a positive planet.

I try to follow these principles when meeting people, mentoring, running super team workshops and writing. The aim is to provide practical tools that people can use to achieve their picture of success.

Let’s return to your own life and work. Imagine that you have done some work on clarifying your purpose. What are the principles you want to follow to translate this purpose into action?

If you wish, you can try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

Describe your purpose – the specific thing you want to focus on doing in your life. 

Describe the principles you want to follow to translate this purpose into action.

Choosing To Work
Towards A Picture Of Success

Many people gain satisfaction from simply following their chosen principles in their daily lives. Sometimes, however, they like to translate these into working towards achieving a specific picture of success.

A person may aim to tackle a challenge, do a creative project or focus on delivering a dream. They then aim to do superb work, find solutions to challenges and gain a sense of satisfaction from reaching their goals.

Sometimes they work towards achieving their lifetime picture of success.  Here is an exercise on this theme.

Clarifying Your Lifetime
Picture Of Success

Everybody is different and everybody has different goals. What is your lifetime picture of success? Looking back on your life when you are 80, what for you will mean you have had a successful life?

This exercise invites you to start from your destination and define your overall life goals. People often cover three themes when doing this exercise.

Positive Relationships

Individuals often talk about how they want to be remembered as a parent, partner, friend or whatever. A person may say something like the following.

I want my partner and I to have given our children the opportunity to enjoy a happy childhood. For example, I want them to say things like:

“Our parents were always there for us. They encouraged us, helped us to develop our talents and also learn how to make good decisions.” 

Positive Experiences

Individuals often focus on how they want to enjoy life, pursue experiences and have no regrets. A person may say something like the following.

I want to have lived life fully. For example, I want:  

To have visited many countries.

To have completed the book I promised myself I would write.

To have made full use of my talents.

Positive Contribution

Individuals often talk about wanting to make a positive contribution to the world. This may involve them following their vocation or doing something that improves life for other people. A person may say something like the following.

I want to have used my talents to have done work that has helped other people. For example, I want:

To have … 

To have …

To have … 

You may prefer to clarify your life goals in another way. Whatever approach you take, clarifying these goals can act as a long-term compass.

You can bear these aims in mind when making key decisions. When given the opportunity to take a new job, for example, you can ask yourself:

Will taking this step help me to achieve my longer-term picture of success?

It can also be useful to do one thing early each day towards achieving your life goals. This helps to provide a sense of meaning to the day. It also means you are doing something towards achieving your long-term picture of success.

Super Teams Often Focus
On Their Picture Of Success

Great teams also focus on their aims. There are many models for building such teams and following section looks at one approach.

Super teams create a positive environment in which motivated people can achieve peak performance. They believe that people work best if they have context and can see the big picture. Bearing this in mind, they make sure that everybody understands the team’s purpose, principles and picture of success.

Such teams then give people the chance to reflect and decide if they want to contribute. If so, they encourage people to build on their strengths and clarify their best contributions.

Super teams are made up of people who choose to have a positive attitude and be professional. They also want to perform superb work and do their best to help the team to succeed.

Such teams make clear contracts with people about the results they will deliver towards achieving the goals. They also give people the support they need to deliver the goods.

Super teams then manage by outcomes rather than by tasks. They encourage people to co-ordinate their strengths, perform superb work and find solutions to challenges. People then do whatever is required to achieve the picture of success.

Imagine that you lead a team. The following sections provide a framework that you can use to clarify and communicate the team’s purpose, principles and picture of success. People can then make clear contracts about their best contributions towards achieving the goals.

This is an approach that I have used hundreds of times with teams in organisations. There we have used the framework of focusing on the 3 Ps – Profits, Products and People. But you may use another framework for clarifying your team’s aims.

As mentioned earlier, there are many ways to live life. Some people choose to have a positive attitude. They then focus on their purpose, principles and picture of success.

Let’s return to your own life and work. Looking ahead, can you think of a situation when you may want to take this approach? You may want to do this when encouraging a person, managing a transition, tackling a challenge or doing another project.

Looking at the situation, what can you do then to have a positive attitude? How can you clarify the purpose – the specific thing you really want to do? How can you clarify and follow your chosen principles? How can you do your best to achieve your picture of success?

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

Describe a specific situation in the future when you may want to take the positive approach. 

Describe the specific things you can do to choose to be positive and then focus on the purpose, principles and picture of success.

Describe the specific things that may happen as a result of taking these steps.

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    E is for The Exceptional Work Model

     

    There are many ways to do fine work. One approach is to follow the enjoyable way towards doing exceptional work.

    Imagine that you want to pursue this approach in your own way. You may want to consider taking the following steps.

    Doing work that is enjoyable

    You can do work you enjoy, translate this into a specific project and define your view of doing work that is exceptional. 

    Doing work that is encouraging

    You can do work that is encouraging for both yourself and other people. This can provide a sense of motivation and purpose in your daily work.

    Doing work that is effective

    You can pursue the strategies most likely to deliver success on the road towards achieving your goals.

    Doing work that is excellent

    You can keep doing the basics and then add the brilliance to do work that is excellent. 

    Doing work that is exceptional

    You can aim to go further and, when appropriate, do your best to deliver work that is exceptional. 

    Can you think of a person who may have done exceptional work? Different people answer this question in different ways.

    Some mention creative artists such as Alexander Calder, Paul Simon, Marcel Marceau and Martha Graham. Some mention pioneers such as Anita Roddick, Tim Berners-Lee and Steve Jobs. Some mention individuals such as Emily Pankhurst, Richard Feynman and David Attenborough.

    If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

    Describe a person who you believe did exceptional work. Write their name. 

    Describe the specific things you believe they did – such as the principles they followed and the practical steps they took – to do exceptional work.

    Describe the specific things that happened as a result of them doing this exceptional work.

    Imagine that you want to follow some of these principles in your own way in the future. Let’s explore these themes.

    Enjoyment

    You may wish to start by focusing on the things you enjoy doing. Looking at these, are there any that you would like to translate into doing a specific piece of work?

    Different people enjoy doing many different things, so how to choose the activity you want to pursue? One approach is focus on one that has the following qualities.

    You get positive energy from the activity – even when thinking about it. You enjoy the journey as much as reaching the goal. You enjoy planning ahead and clarifying the picture of success.

    You have natural self-discipline when doing the activity. You follow certain rituals to get started and then follow a certain rhythm. You know how to absorb yourself in the work but also create time for reflection, rest and recovery.

    You build on your strengths and follow your successful style when doing the activity. You know how to encourage yourself on the journey. You enjoy finding creative solutions to challenges. You keep doing the basics and, when appropriate, add the brilliance.

    Imagine that you have chosen to focus on the activity you enjoy doing. How can you translate this into a specific piece of work?

    You may choose to write an article, produce a web site, nurture a garden, care for animals or build a business. Alternatively, you may choose to raise money for charity, start a social enterprise, build a successful prototype or care for the planet.

    What would be the benefits of doing such a project – both for yourself and other people? You may aim to create something beautiful, lift people’s spirits or pass on practical tools that people can use to shape their future lives.

    Imagine you have chosen to focus on a specific piece of work. What are the real results you want to achieve? What is your picture of success? What do you want to achieve that for you would make the piece of work exceptional?

    If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to start by do the following things.

    Describe the specific activity you enjoy doing that you would like to pursue and do exceptional work.

    Describe the specific piece of work you would like to do that would be an expression of the activity you enjoy doing.

    Describe the specific things you want to achieve that for you will mean you have delivered exceptional work.

    Encouragement

    You can do work that encourages both yourself and other people. You may also find that this gives you positive energy and a sense of purpose.

    Different people choose to encourage others in different ways. Here are some of the paths you may wish to consider.

    You can encourage people:

    By helping them in your work as an educator, counsellor, nurse, doctor, sports coach, social entrepreneur, leader, broadcaster, performer, trusted advisor or in another role. 

    By offering specific products or services that help people to improve the quality of their lives.

    By passing on knowledge and practical tools that help both present and future generations.

    Different people do this in different ways. Kiran Bir Sethi, for example, founded a global movement called Design For Change. This encourages children to express their ideas for a better world and translate these into action.

    Below is an excerpt from its website. This is followed by video that shows some of its work. You can discover more via the following link.

    http://www.dfcworld.com/default.aspx

    Children and adults learn through the Design for Change Challenge that “I Can” are the two most powerful words a person can believe.

    Children who have discovered this are changing their world.

    This year, Design for Change reaches 34 countries and over 300,000 schools inspiring hundreds of thousands of children, their teachers and parents, to celebrate the fact change is possible and that they can lead that change!

    You will, of course, use your strengths in your own way to help people. Here are some ways that you may take these steps.

    If you are a leader, you may aim to create a positive environment in which motivated people can achieve peak performance.  

    If you are a designer, you may aim to create products or services that help people to shape their futures. 

    If you are a trusted advisor, you may aim to pass on knowledge and practical tools that enable people to achieve their picture of success.

    If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

    Describe the specific piece of work you want to do.

    Describe the specific ways in which doing this piece of work would encourage you or other people.  

    Effectiveness

    Imagine that you are clear on your picture of success. You can then focus on how to do effective work.

    Being effective calls for clarifying the strategies that are most likely to help you to achieve success. This involves clarifying what works and then following these strategies in an effective and efficient way.

    Some people confuse efficiency with effectiveness. The problem can be, however, that people are simply being more efficient at following strategies that do not work.

    How to be effective? One approach is to explore the following steps.

    You can study what works

    Great workers study success. When focusing on a particular challenge, they focus on works. They ask some of the following questions.

    When have I tackled similar challenges successfully in the past? What did I do right then? What were the principles I followed? How can I follow similar principles – plus add other skills – to tackle this challenge?

    When have other people tackled similar challenges successfully? What did they do right then? What were the principles they followed? How can I follow these principles in my own way?

    Looking at the challenge, what do I believe will work? What are the strategies I can pursue that are most likely to achieve the goals? How can I follow these principles to work towards achieving the picture of success?

    You can build on your strengths

    Great workers build on their strengths whilst also managing the consequences of their weaknesses. When focusing on a particular challenge, they ask some of the following questions.

    What are my strengths – the activities in which I deliver As? How can I build on my strengths to work towards achieving the goals? 

    What is my successful style of working? How can I follow this successful style to work towards achieving the goals?

    What are my weaknesses? How can I manage the consequences of these weaknesses – such as by getting help from other people – when working towards achieving the goals?

    You can pursue successful strategies

    Great workers clarify the most effective ways forward and translate these into a clear action plan. They ask some of the following questions.

    What are the real results I want to achieve? What is the picture of success? What are the key strategies I can follow to give myself the greatest chance of success? How can I translate these into clear action plans?

    How can I get some quick successes? What are some of the potential difficulties that I may face? How can I prevent some of these difficulties happening? How can I manage these if they do happen?

    How can I keep doing the right things in the right way? How can I keep following my chosen rhythm? How can I encourage myself on the journey? What else can I do to increase the chances of achieving success?

    Let’s return to the specific activity you want to focus on where you will enjoy the journey as much as reaching the goal. How can you tackle this in an effective way?

    If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

    Describe the specific piece of work you want to do.

    Describe the specific things you can do to be effective and give yourself the greatest chance of success.

    Excellence

    Imagine that you are being effective. You can then move on to the next step and deliver excellence. There are many views about what constitutes such work. Some of the dictionary definitions of excellence include the following.

    The quality of being outstanding or extremely good … An outstanding feature or quality.

    Tom Peters and Bob Waterman spread the gospel of excellence in 1982 with their book In Search Of Excellence. This inspired many individuals and companies to focus on how they could deliver excellence.

    These approaches often drew on ancient wisdom contained in the following quotes from Confucius and Aristotle. 

    The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. 

    Confucius 

    Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

    Aristotle

    There are many approaches to excellence. One approach is to do superb work that delivers success.

    Great design, for example, is often simple, satisfying and successful. It is simple in a profound way and satisfying on a number of levels. Physically it looks and feels good. Practically it works and is user friendly. Great design gets the job done and is successful.

    Another approach to excellence is to aim to become the best kind of person, artist, athlete, engineer or whatever you want to be. It is to aim to achieve personal or professional excellence.

    John Wooden, the basketball coach, espoused this approach in his work with young players. He never mentioned ‘winning’, but his teams won more titles than any other in College basketball history. He defined success in the following way.

    Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.

    During his early career John began developing what later became known as his famous Pyramid Of Success. This consisted of guiding principles that athletes could follow both on and off the court. You can discover more via the following link.

    Pyramid Of Success

    The base of the Pyramid consists of phrases such as: Industriousness; Friendship: Loyalty; Cooperation; Enthusiasm. Behind each of these words is an explanation.

    The word Industriousness, for example, is explained in detail. This includes the following phrases.

    In plain language, I mean you have to work – and work hard. There is no substitute for hard work. None. Worthwhile things come only from real work.

    There are several levels to the Pyramid Of Success. It culminates in the principle of Competitive Greatness. This is explained as:

    Perform at your best when your best is required. Your best is required each day.

    John built teams that aimed to live these values rather than just laminate them. He reinforced the Pyramid Of Success by using certain maxims to remind people of their responsibilities. These included the following.

    Be true to yourself … Be more interested in character than reputation … Help others … Make friendship a fine art … There is a no substitute for hard work and careful planning … Make each day your masterpiece.

    Let’s return to your own life and work. If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

    Describe the specific piece of work you want to do.

    Describe the specific things you can do to deliver excellence when doing this piece of work.

    Exceptional Work

    Imagine that you have kept doing the basics and, when appropriate, also added the brilliance. You may then want to go beyond achieving excellence and deliver something special that is exceptional.

    Different people produce exceptional work in different ways. Here are some examples.

    Thorkil Sonne created The Specialist People Foundation that aims to create one million jobs for people with autism. This came in response to discovering his son had autism.

    Below are excerpts from the Foundation’s website. You can discover more via the following link.

    http://specialistpeople.com/

     The Idea Started With Lars 

    My son Lars was 2½ years old when my wife and I noticed that his development began to differ from that of his older brothers.

    We arranged with his nursery carers that he would get extra support from a qualified child psychologist, all the while hoping of course that we could learn how best to help him become more like his brothers. 

    Our Lives Changed

    Eventually, we were informed that Lars had infantile autism – a life-long invisible handicap in the category of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

    Lars would face a life where he would be constantly misunderstood and isolated because it would be difficult for him to interpret what others expected of him. 

    Most likely, Lars would never have a normal working life.

    My Fight

    I became active in the Danish Autism Association. I also studied the Danish welfare model, and realized that although the model is strong and has many good aspects, there was a lot of room for improvement.

    I learned that families with a child with ASD have a high risk of disintegration. 

    This is most often because this handicap is invisible, meaning that the family has to struggle get the outside world to understand and provide timely support.

    Social workers also work under difficult conditions where welfare schemes are available, but the knowledge of how best to help people with complicated invisible handicaps is thin on the ground. 

    I experienced that both those who need the help and those who provide help are under great and increasing strain. 

    Specialisterne 

    With the support of my family I re-mortgaged our home and established Specialisterne (The Specialists) in an attempt to tailor a working environment geared towards people with ASD, enabling them to use their specialist skills to act as consultants to the business sector, at market terms. 

    My vision is to create new possibilities for people with ASD and to influence society to adopt a more positive attitude towards people with ASD.

    One Million Jobs

    It is believed that one percent of the world’s population may have Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is equivalent to 68 million people worldwide.

    Even more people may have other disorders on the autism spectrum, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). These are all potential specialist people – with great business potential. 

    We have set our goal: to provide meaningful and productive jobs for one million people with autism and other invisible disorders.

    Thorkil has been recognised by the Ashoka Organization as a person who has helped to improve the lives of many people across the world. Here is an interview with him after being made an Ashoka Fellow. 

    Kathleen Taylor has spent more than 20 years working as a counsellor in hospices. When asked about her work, she says she loves her job.

    Why? Kathleen enables people to tackle this final chapter. At the same time, she learns from them about what does and does not matter in life.

    When facing death, a person is able to be who they really are. They become courageous and honest. They find joy in the smallest moments.

    They are authentic and able to be their true self.

    They talk about things they have never expressed before.

    They look back on and make sense of the body of work in their life.

    Kathleen says that, whilst there are many stages in our lives, three stand out.

    When we are young we are fearless and set our course.

    When we are in mid-life we question and maybe readjust our course.

    When we are at the end of our life we find answers about our course.

    Kathleen says that we can take a hint from people who are living their last days. She says:

    I would like to hope it is never too soon to learn these lessons.

    Jack Sim takes a pride in being known as Mr. Toilet and founded the World Toilet Organization. He is committed to providing sustainable sanitation for people around the world. Here is some background taken directly from the website.

    http://worldtoilet.org/wto/ 

    Jack Sim, Mr. Toilet, has broken the taboo on sanitation and brought issues about toilets and hygiene out into the open.

    After attaining financial independence as a businessman in Singapore by 40, Jack decided to devote the rest of his life to development work in line with his motto:  

    “Live a useful life.”

    In 1998, Jack established the Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS) whose mission is to raise the standards of public toilets and address the issues of poor toilet design, inadequate building codes and poorly trained cleaners in. 

    As Jack began his work, he realized there were organizations similar to this in other countries and without any central governing body. Soon thereafter, he founded the World Toilet Organization (WTO) in 2001.

    There are many ways to build on your strengths. One approach is to follow the exceptional work model.

    You may wish to take some of these steps when pursuing a passion, doing a creative project or building a prototype. You may wish to do so when passing on knowledge or offering people practical tools they can use to shape their futures.

    If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to do the following things.

    Describe the specific piece of work you want to do.

    Describe the specific things you can do to do your best to deliver exceptional work.

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