I had a very interesting weekend this past weekend. It was the BCRPA BCFit 2010 Fitness Conference, for which I was the conference organizer. My counterpart, Tracey, is an employee of BCRPA and has been my right hand woman through the planning and delivery of this event. Once the conference was over we went out for a drink to celebrate and reflect on what made the conference such a great experience for the both of us. It became really clear that, by chance, the tasks that she was responsible for were all the things that I didn’t like doing and the things I was responsible for were the things she didn’t like doing. We were a perfect match!
So it got me thinking about the things that we need to do in our personal and/or work lives…..and the idea of talking with those around us to see if there is a way to swap out things we don’t enjoy (that someone else might) for things we do enjoy (things that others may not enjoy).
It is important to be clear about the difference between things we enjoy and things we are good at. Just because you are good at something doesn’t necessary mean that you enjoy it. Markus Buckingham offers us a different definition of such things. Tasks that energize us, fill us up, he calls strengths. Tasks that drain us he calls weaknesses. You could be really good at something and if that thing drains you it is actually a weakness. So in your life how can you use more of your strengths and less of your weaknesses?
I have this picture in my mind of a group of people coming together and sharing all the things they really enjoy doing and all the things they find draining. And then with that master list people in the group could start swapping tasks so that everyone gets to use their strengths more. Would this actually work? I don’t know and I think it would be fun to try……
|Me, Lisa Kingston, Tracey|
Markus Buckingham, NOW Go Discover your Strengths