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UMBC Women’s Leadership Summit April 15, 2009. Utilizing Dependable Strengths for Success. There is EXCELLENCE in each person…. It’s structure of skills, talents and attributes can be clarified and identified.

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umbc women s leadership summit april 15 2009

UMBC Women’s Leadership SummitApril 15, 2009

Utilizing Dependable Strengths for Success


in each person….

It’s structure of skills, talents and attributes can be clarified and identified.

These can then be recombined or developed to match the demands of progress or changing conditions.

what to expect
What to Expect
  • An introduction to a process where you can utilize more of your potential to create more satisfaction and success in your life.
  • An understanding of what a “good experience” is as it relates to revealing patterns of strength.
  • How to understand the difference between a dependable strength and other skills.
  • Fun --- talking about yourself and hearing about yourself!
knowing your dependable strengths helps in creating career satisfaction and success
Knowing your dependable strengths helps in creating career satisfaction and success.
  • By knowing your core strengths you are able to manage the flexibility that is called for in today’s workforce.
  • Motivated skills
  • Unmotivated skills
  • Productivity would increase by 40% if people were in jobs they did well and enjoyed!
People generally use less than 20% of their potential.

80% is hidden and rarely brought into awareness.

potential prevention
Potential Prevention
  • Societal Bias – Traditional language
  • Job titles
good experience
Good Experience
  • Something you feel you did well
  • Something you enjoyed doing
  • Something you are proud of

Good Experiences can come from

Any time of your life

Any part of your life

important note
Important Note
  • Good Experiences are things that you actively made happen.
  • Good Experiences can come from any part of your life (leisure, school, work, hobbies, etc.).
  • Good Experiences can come from any time in your life.
let s get started
Let’s get started!
  • List as many Good Experiences that you can utilizing the definition given.
  • Assign a value to your Good Experiences, with Number 1 being most significant to you, as so forth.
listening for strengths
Listening for Strengths
  • Form groups of 3 quickly
  • Appoint a timekeeper
  • Tell 3 Good Experiences
  • Others listen carefully and jot down strengths heard
  • Clarify by asking what and how, but no why questions
  • Listeners read out loud list of strengths and give to speaker
  • Repeat until all have spoken
discuss good experiences
Discuss Good Experiences
  • How does it feel to be talking only about Good Experiences?
  • How did your partner look – their demeanor?
  • Did you learn something new about your partner?
  • What was your reaction to your partner’s Good Experiences?
  • Did it sound like your partner was bragging or boasting?
points about dependable strengths
Points about Dependable Strengths
  • A Dependable Strength would typically show up repeatedly throughout your top Good Experiences.
  • You are energized by it.
  • You are inner motivated to use it.
  • You almost cannot help using it whenever possible.
uncovering your dependable strengths
Uncovering Your Dependable Strengths
  • Accept yourself as unique in the kind of excellence always growing in you.
  • Elements of your excellence have been demonstrated from time to time in your life, most likely in experiences you feel are your achievements.
  • By carefully identifying and studying your achievements you will uncover a pattern of strengths and talents.
  • This pattern of strengths indicates the kind of career activities that are likely to be a part of your future achievements, regardless of your job title.
Success & security

means being prepared for


Know the package of skills and strengths you really possess.

By uncovering your Dependable Strengths, you become free to use, develop, or combine them in different ways to accommodate change.

Change, then, comes to mean adaptation, flexibility, and opportunity, rather than the unknown and feared.

This is true career success.

In the best of jobs, there will be some

parts that you dislike.

Even at the best party someone

has to do the dishes.

One way to cope with this

is to form

Partnerships of Excellence.

This approach assumes there is excellence in

everyone and dignity in all work.

What you dislike, perhaps do badly,

there are others who can do it well!

Your “poison” may just be someone

else’s “cup of tea.”

gains from this approach
Gains from this approach…
  • More satisfied workers.
  • Tasks are getting done more reliably and effectively.
  • You will gain respect for the skills of others – their excellence.
  • You will improve the teamwork in your setting.
networking for success
Networking for Success
  • Tell your story from your authentic self.
  • You are more than your job title.
  • Clearly articulate your dependable strengths and the types of things you have done to support those strengths.
  • When you talk about your dependable strengths, you speak with passion and interest --- this is what people remember.
  • You want to be remembered.
final thoughts
Final Thoughts
  • By knowing your dependable strengths you are better able to articulate your worth and value --- most business interactions look for value-added.
  • By growing your dependable strengths you increase your potential and enhance your levels of success.
  • Working on your weaknesses or unmotivated skills may only bring an individual to an average level of functioning.
  • Focus on your successes!
Old tradition says, “Find out what you did wrong and never do it again.” New tradition says, “Find out what you did right, so you can be sure to do it again.” One way suggests going forward while looking back over your shoulder. The new way suggests a person find safe footholds and continue to climb.
one day workshop
One Day Workshop
  • Rediscovering Your Passion
  • April 27, 2009