The Art of Strengths Coaching

P is for Positive Performances And Poor Performances

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Imagine that you want to continue doing fulfilling work. Let’s explore some steps for making this happen.

Positive Performances

When do you perform well and also feel happy? One person who works as a Trusted Advisor said:

“I perform best when I do work I care about and am helping motivated people to succeed.

“I love to create an encouraging environment in which people can explore and find solutions to challenges.

“Once people have settled on their goals, I can also provide practical tools that help them to implement their plans and achieve success.

“My initial style is to pull, rather than to push. It is to be facilitating, rather than to be forcing. I have a basic respect for people and want to explore their real agendas.

“I am uncomfortable forcing things on people. I don’t work well in situations where people have been told they must work with me to fix something.

“My best work comes when people are clear on the agenda, want to tackle a challenge and want to make a positive impact.

“It is then fulfilling to create an encouraging environment, harness people’s resources and pass on knowledge they can use to succeed.”

Let’s return to your own work. When do you perform well and feel happy? One approach to answering this question is to focus on the 3Ps of Projects, People and Place.

Projects

What are the specific kinds of projects – in the broadest sense of the word – you find stimulating? What are the projects where you can use your expertise?

People

Who are specific kinds of people you find stimulating? What are the characteristics of these people?

You may prefer to work, for example, with certain kinds of customers. If you work in an organisation, you may prefer to work with a certain kind of manager.

Place

What are the places – in the broadest sense of the word – where you do your best work? If you work within organisations, what are the characteristics of the kind of culture and environment in which you thrive?

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to describe when you do good work and feel happy.

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Poor Performances

When does the reverse happen? When do you not perform well and also feel unhappy?

People are unlikely to feel ecstatic about their work all the time. Many do not mind doing grunt work, however, providing they can see how it contributes to doing great work.

Peak performers often explore many different kinds of work. They then focus on doing the deeply satisfying activities where they can deliver As, rather than Bs or Cs.

You may be good at delivering pioneering projects, for example, but get bored doing a full-time maintenance role. You may be good at turning around a business, taking it from 3/10 to 8/10. But you then want to move on to the next challenge.

You may have a strong drive to do certain kinds of work where you have an eye for the detail and are good at delivery. If not, it may be best to find an activity where you do score highly on drive, detail and delivery.

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to describe when you do not perform well and also feel unhappy.

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Positive Performances
In The Future

Looking ahead, how can you do work where you perform well and feel happy?

How can you find or create such opportunities? What will be the benefits of doing such work – both for you and other people?

There are many ways make this happen. One approach is to build on your strengths, find sponsors – employers or customers – and help them to achieve success. This involves asking the following questions.

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The hard part, of course, getting the first piece of work. One approach to taking this step can be found via the following link. It explores how to go out and give to people as a way of finding satisfying work.

http://www.thepositiveapproach.global/getting-work-by-going-out-and-helping-people-to-succeed/

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

Describe the specific things you can do to find or create opportunities to do work where you perform well and feel happy. This could be funded or non-funded work.

Describe the specific benefits – for you and for other people – of you doing work where you perform well and feel happy.

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