Supercharge your strengths

You can’t drive change alone.  You’ll need help.  You’ll need to find your Ando.

On the TV show Heroes, Ando is the loyal friend of hero Hiro.

Ando’s special ability is called supercharging.  Ando’s presence allows other “evolved humans” to elevate their powers, sometimes by 1,000 times.

Imagine what you could do with 1,000 times your own abilities!

In the show, Ando got his strengths multiplying ability after injecting himself with a crazy formula.  Please don’t encourage/trick a loyal friend into any injections!  There’s a better way.

Instead, take Gallup’s Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment and encourage your loyal friends/indifferent co-workers to do the same.

What’ll it cost you?

About $14 and an hour per assessment.

What’ll it get you?

Words to describe your strengths, details on your friends/co-workers strengths and a new opportunity to find your strengths match, your Ando.

What’ll it look like?

Say you’re a strategic thinker (the assessment will tell you if you are).  You know what changes need to be made to make your work group to be more effective, but you can’t get anyone to listen to your ideas.  You need to partner with an influencer, someone who can sell your ideas to the people in power.  If you’re a “get ‘er done” executor-type that happens to get ‘er done so well sometimes you lose team members along the way, you’d benefit from having a relationship-building partner that keeps the team together while you all get the job done.

When you pool your strengths finder results you’ll have all you need to find someone who matches your strengths and amplifies your potential.

I know your Ando is out there.

Why not try for 1,000 times your strengths?

Or:

Have you found your Ando already?  Tell us how.  Comment away!

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Claim small wins

Today I read a story about Gallup’s new book about the quest for personal happiness, Well Being: The Five Essential Elements.

In the book, Tom Rath and James K. Harter share Gallup’s worldwide research on personal wellbeing, reducing the extensive data to five broad categories:

  1. Career Wellbeing
  2. Social Wellbeing
  3. Financial Wellbeing
  4. Physical Wellbeing
  5. Community Wellbeing

In a teaser story from Gallup Management Journal, under the section heading, Working against our own best interests, the authors explain how their data showed that people often fail at changing their behaviors, even when their long term interests are destroyed by their choices today.

To help you generate that long term wellbeing you seek, the author’s encourage you to  look at today’s decisions not as consequential to your long range goals, but rather as having a real, profound impact on you today. The example they offer is:

…we’re more likely to skip a cheeseburger and fries not when we ponder the long-term risk of obesity or diabetes, but when we consider the short-term reality that devouring it will lead to a “high-fat hangover” that ruins the rest of the day. Or we might choose to exercise tomorrow morning because we know that just 20 minutes of activity can boost our mood for the next 12 hours.

Gallup, using their extensive research, seems to me to have made the case, yet again, for the validity of John Kotter’s Leading Change Step 6: Generating Short Term Wins.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or remake a company culture, when you tie small successes today with your long term goals and let people (or yourself) win today and win often, you’ll build momentum.

The research, the data and experience prove it’s true.

Kotter believes it. Gallup believes it.  I believe it.

Will you believe it?

Will you create some wins today?

Why not try?

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