How to Reach Beyond the Limitations of Your Talent

You suck at many things and excel at few.

If you’re a “know all – decide all” leader:

  1. Create hierarchy.
  2. Stick with your expertise.
  3. Control everything.
  4. Surround yourself with kowtowing conformists.

what if someone else is right

5 signs you’re a “know all – decide all” leader:

  1. Immediate recognition that you know what to do in nearly every situation.
  2. Constant awareness of the weaknesses and shortcomings of teammates.
  3. Nagging need to intervene.
  4. Persistent overruling of other people’s decisions.
  5. “I told you so,” regularly pops into your mind.

Become a learn-it-all, if you carry the burden of all-knowing.

Learn all – decide some:

The Clifton StrengthsFinder™ measures the presence of 34 talent themes (strengths). Talents are people’s naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied.”

I’m certain most of the 34 talent themes elude you.

Expand your reach. Concede that you have a narrow band of talent.

  1. Explore how others would handle your challenges. 
  2. Incorporate what others do well. Avoid the gaps of sticking with only what you do well.
  3. Go with their gut, when they have expertise, experience, and a track record of success.

Become a “learn all – decide some” leader, if you hope to grow beyond the limitations of your own talent and expertise.

7 questions “learn all – decide some” leaders ask:

  1. What if they’re right? (Whispered in your own ear.)
  2. How would you handle this situation? (Watch out for people who say, “I would have … .” Second guessers are dead weight.)
  3. What options do you see? 
  4. If you were me, what would you do?
  5. Who might know?
  6. Who should make the call? (You retain responsibility.)
  7. How can I get the most from people who think differently?

Bonus: How might you listen to those who think and speak otherwise?

“The people who become superstars are simply those who receive the most help.” Ken Kragan

What suggestions do you have for “know all – decide all” leaders?

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