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27 October 2010


Andy Gillette

I think an unstated theme from the above comments is Humility, too. Having the ability to admit "I'm not good at X" and having the interpersonal ability to be intellectually honest in identifying and addressing flaws is important.

Ann Zerkle

Great point, Andy. Also, I think there are elements of trust and seeking feedback. It's really hard to know strengths and weaknesses without honestly seeking. It's hard to seek, but gets easier when you trust the people around you.

Andy Gillette

[This is actually from Ben S, who was having tech trouble.]

Interesting. So fatal flaws are what will keep you from getting to the major leagues, per se, not so much short stop in the major leagues from first baseman.

So how does one learn their "fatal flaws"? consistent failure? hope for honest feedback from others?

I would also like a "WeaknessFinder 2.0". As much as I want to work towards my strengths I want to avoid weaknesses and knowing what they are would help with that.

Myself and a '11 Associate are in a group of guinea pigs in a new test being put together by Marcus Buckingham, still in the lab stages. Called Strength Accelerator. So far I like it.

I now see you have a new fatal flaws post which I will likely get to next week.


that was actually for the other fatal flaws post but that's ok :-)

for this -

I like the first set of comments the best. Makes the most practical sense I suppose.

1. I think a good principle to keep in mind here is the importance of cross-training, as expressed in Corps Business. One shouldn't pick up and leave a job or cop an attitude simply because they aren't using a strength or their comparative advantage. Hang in there, learn from the experience.

2. Are you sure fatal flaws can't be fixed? So if someone is a poor writer can't they work on that and with much practice and determination at least reach "average"? While people may have fatal flaws I don't think they are inescapable.

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