The Art of Strengths Coaching

G is for Great Workers Who Deliver The Goods On The Ground

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Great workers do more than decide on their strategies. They then do good work and deliver the goods on the ground.

Looking at your own work, what is your chosen ground? This is the place where the real work gets done.

Your chosen ground may be writing articles, teaching seminars, renovating houses, working in Accident & Emergency, tackling tough challenges or whatever.

Sometimes our chosen ground changes as we develop in our careers. During the early days, for example, we may throw ourselves into doing specific tasks and producing fine work.

During the later years we may take leadership roles. This changes our chosen ground. Our aim is then to build positive cultures in which motivated people continually deliver peak performances.

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 did good work and delivered the goods on your chosen ground.

Describe the specific things you did to deliver the goods.

Describe the specific things that happened as a result of delivering the goods.

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Different people choose different ways to deliver the goods on their chosen ground. The Ashoka Organisation, for example, supports social entrepreneurs who do superb work in many different fields across the world.

Such people have the passion and practical skills to translate their vision into reality. They may focus on education, medical care, agriculture, housing, broadcasting or any field of human need.

Bill Drayton, the organisation’s founder, says:

“What differentiates Ashoka Fellows from mere idealists is that, for these rare men and women, an idea can bring satisfaction only when it is realised.

“Possessing the same unstoppable drive of a Steve Jobs, they define new issues and create new approaches. Their innovations then set new yardsticks of performance for helping society.’

Ashoka’s Fellows have the ability to make ideas stick. Based on research, the organisation’s web site explains:

“By the end of their 5-year fellowship, between fifty and sixty per cent of the Fellows have changed national policy in the countries where they have been working, and ninety percent have seen independent institutions copy their innovations.”

You can discover more about their work at:

https://www.ashoka.org/

Great workers often spend years exploring various options before settling on their chosen ground.

Bearing in mind their strengths, they then focus on a specific activity. They may concentrate on a specific area of education, therapy, conflict resolution, engineering, design, business, sport, solutions journalism or whatever.

Let’s return to your own work. Looking to the future, what is the specific activity in which you want to do good work? How can you deliver the goods on your chosen ground?

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 do good work and deliver the goods on your chosen ground.  

Describe the specific things you can do to deliver the goods.

Describe the specific things that may happen as a result of delivering the goods.

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