October 2008

Table of Contents

Message from Pat - Finding Your Strengths

Defining Strengths, Embracing Purpose

Recommended Reads

Workshops and Group Visioning Talks

5 Dynamics

Hot Links

Quote For Your Day

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Message from Pat - Finding Your Strengths

"Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?"

~Benjamin Franklin

When it comes to formal evaluations of organizational employees, I think we have it all wrong. We take a look at what their weaknesses are and where they can improve. We look at what they are doing wrong, and what they are doing that is not in alignment with how we would do it. What we expect from ourselves.

In other words, we look for where they are weak.

Imagine what would happen if we look at and use other's strengths and begin to build those up. We would then evaluate the strengths needed in a specific position and the strengths a person needs to fill a position so the work and the person are a match.

The work brings out the best in a person and a person is...here comes the "F" word...fulfilled.

Fulfilled...at work...imagine that.

I have been working more and more this past year with my clients to help them find their strengths. It has been very rewarding to watch the change in them when they realize that they are playing to their strengths in their work. How rewarding for them to know that their strengths match their work. They feel fulfilled.

Even more rewarding is when my clients realize they are in the wrong line of work and take action to change. They realize that if they have the strengths of an "activator", being in work that is only maintenance will be a struggle. Having a strength of "strategic", allows you to see patterns and formulate strategy. You will be fulfilled if you are on the leading edge.

If you are feeling unfulfilled in your work, spend some time looking at what your strengths are. Spend some more time looking at what strengths are needed in your current work. If they don't match, guess what? You need to be looking elsewhere. It's not a good fit. And Yay! You now know and can take some action. (Although I firmly believe we instinctively know when our work doesn't fit us.)

The books in the "Recommended Reads" section below will help you find your strengths and get into action to find what will help you feel fulfilled.

And along the way, take the time to always listen to the yearnings that pull you.

"You cannot be anything you want to be - But you can be a lot more of who you already are."
~ Tom Rath

Step into leading and play a Bigger Game in your life...don't wait...model leadership...the World needs us to do this.

Lead strong!


Defining Strengths, Embracing Purpose

Today, many experts are defining strengths in numerous ways. Talent, knowledge, experience, and skills are key elements in these descriptions that are often bundled as competencies.

Purpose has been an abstract concept in our national consciousness for decades. There is a need to go deeper in the description of strengths and the possibilities to create a path to integrate our strengths with our purpose. I believe our many intelligences, our level of self-awareness, our emotion based passions, our level of will, and ultimately our consciousness all help to deepen the description of strengths.

The intention of our deepest self, and the focus of our energy will bring our purpose into our reality and life's work. Out natural talents that manifest in the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels of our lives, play the foundational role in ultimately becoming our strengths.

Yet, the learning's from our experiences, the knowledge and its wisdom gained, the utilization of our intelligences (in all of their varieties), our self-awareness, and our level of will play key roles in the manifestation of our strengths.

In the end, no matter how we attempt to define strengths, the net result is our true unique potential. Our purpose, that which we are all being called to become loyal to, will allow each of us to engage our creativity in new and exciting ways.

Terry Musch, Executive and Leadership Coach, can be reached at terrymusch@sbcglobal.net.

Note: Terry and I are collaborating on work that will help individuals look at their patterns and strengths to find their purpose.

We're working to our strengths. More to come.

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Recommended Reads with links to Amazon.com

Workshops and Group Visioning Talks:

"A wonderful workshop which is very inspirational and important for anyone who is trying to find their way through life."
~ Ryan Hendren

San Francisco (11/16/08) and Chicago (12/4 and 12/7/08) Vision Statement Movie Workshops: www.VisionStatement.org.au

What is it you're in this life to do? What Vision do you hold for your life, your work, how you seek to change to the world?

Your unique vision directs the way you integrate your spirit, relationships, mastery, principles and gifts, your trials and wisdom, resources and desires - how you place yourself in context with Humanity. It's your Quest.

The Vision Statement Movie workshop is a deeply edifying opportunity using specially-designed technology and imagination to help you see and feel your purpose in a creative new experience. Workshop participants have said, "It's captivating!" "It's magical." Find out more at www.visionstatement.org.au.

5 Dynamics

I have been working with a new assessment tool that I think you will want to check out. It is strengths focused.

It is 5 Dynamics, a rigorously researched web-based tool suite that connects people with their energies and what they want to achieve. In two minutes you can find out how you prefer to learn, get things done, and work with others. Contact me if you are interested in finding out more about the use of this tool for yourself, your co-workers or your teams.

Hot Links!

  • Here's a link to an article to help you find your strengths from within...

  • Marcus Buckingham - What Really is a Strength? - a inspiring 3- minute YouTube video where author Marcus Buckingham talks about finding your 'true' strengths. It is really worth a few moments to listen...

  • Do You Have the Dream Job?- A short article, based on the book, First, Break all the Rules as featured above - with some brief questions to help you determine if your current position can take you where you want to go.

"Quote For Your Day!"

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

~ Mark Twain

I send out a "Quote for Your Day!" on a daily basis. If you'd like to start your day with a bit of inspiration and sometimes a laugh, sign up for the daily quote by sending a blank e-mail to Quotes@inVisionaria.com with "Quote" in the subject line.

Until next time, I wish you joy and fun and ease and effortlessness!

Pat Obuchowski
CEO, Chief Empowerment Officer

Helping people step into their roles as leaders in their businesses, their communities and the world. Helping people and organizations find their "Bigger Game™".

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Pat Obuchowski is the CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) of inVisionaria. inVisionaria is a company devoted to helping people and organizations find and achieve their vision and their voice. She works with individuals and organizations that are looking for structure, focus and accountability to set and achieve their goals. She also works with people who are ready to make big changes in their businesses and their lives and step into the leaders they've been yearning to be. People who are ready, willing and able to begin playing their "Bigger Game." No kidding. Right now.

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