The Art of Strengths Coaching

S is for Being A Specialist Who Helps People To Succeed

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Looking at your life or work, when have you used a specialist to help you reach your goals?

You may have used one to help with your health, technology, house design, professional development or whatever. What did the  specialist do right? How did they use their knowledge to help you to reach your goals?

Are there any areas in which you would like to be a specialist? You may want to become a niche provider in a specific field or profession. If so, how can you continue to be a pacesetter in the field?

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

Describe the specific area in which you would like to be a specialist.

Describe the specific things you can do to continue to develop as a specialist in this area.

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Some specialists love to study a topic in great depth. Some also want to pass on this knowledge in ways that help other people to succeed. Let’s explore some ideas for taking the second step.

Imagine that you have developed a specialism. You may focus on being a medical professional, mentor, teacher, lawyer, trusted advisor or whatever.

Bearing in mind your specialism, who are the people you want to help to succeed? What are the challenges facing these people? What is their picture of success? How can you pass on your knowledge in a way that helps them succeed?

Different specialists will obviously do this in different ways. Looking at my own life, for example, I was recently helped by Mark Emberton. He is one of the leading practitioners of non-invasive treatments for prostate cancer.

Mark’s style is that of a true trusted advisor. A professor in London and well-known across the world, he is friendly and helps patients to feel at ease.

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Explaining the state of a person’s illness, Mark outlines the options for treatment, together with the pluses and minuses of each option. When asked, he is prepared to give his expert opinion.

He treats each person with great respect and emphasises that have the right to keep looking at various options. Many people opt to be treated by him, however, because they know they are in good hands.

Here is a link to a blog that describes how I was treated for prostate cancer. The treatment was successful and there have been no negative side effects.

http://thepositiveapproach.global/category/prostate-awareness/

Different people do, of course, develop different specialisms. There are various models that describe how a person becomes an expert. One of the best known was outlined by two brothers, Hubert and Stuart Dreyfus in the 1980s.

They describe five stages that a person goes through to progress from being a novice to an expert. Here are the stages described in the words of the Dreyfus brothers.

 

You will develop your own area of expertise. How can you continue to use this to help other people?

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

Describe the specific area in which you want to be a specialist.

Describe the specific things you can do to use your specialism to help other people to succeed.

Describe the specific benefits of using your specialism to help other people to succeed.

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