Strategies to Build on Personal Strengths
Each of us has preferences for how we want to think and get things done as well as how we would like to receive or deliver information. The LIFO Method helps people identify their strengths and behavioral styles, as well as how to best manage and make most out of these strengths. There are four styles based on the four basic ways human interact.
Being aware of one’s strengths and behavioral preference and those of others helps individuals, team and organization be more efficient and effective. By having this knowledge a clearer and more objective window into others’ communication and differing personal dynamics is available, providing greater understanding and opportunities to develop better strategies and achieving the best outcomes.
Six Strategies to stay in the Effective Zone
The LIFO Method is a very powerful tool for assessing individuals and groups, as well as for offering strategies to empower people to work more effectively with others. Once an individual’s preferences are identified by this method it is possible to utilize the six LIFO Method strategies to address the different barriers to effectiveness that many groups suffer from. Also, it is important to know that the objective of these strategies is not to change the individual, but to help them move their behaviors and strengths towards greater effectiveness.
Increase your self-awareness.
Seek situations that bring out the best in you, make the most of your strengths.
Learn not to overuse your strengths.
Leverage other people’s strengths that differ from yours.
Learn to do more of the strengths you underuse.
Improve your communication with people who are different from you.
Understanding Strengths: Strength-Weakness Paradox
People often describe behavior in terms of good or bad, right or wrong. Though popular to perceive things this way, it is more accurate and useful to think that behavior exist on a continuum, where the poles/extremes are too little at one end and too much at the other. Between those two extremes lies what is termed the zone of greatest productivity. This zone is the sweet spot where one uses the right amount of strength to accomplish what is desired most efficiently/effectively.
Source: Dr. Erich Fromm (1900-1980) - Man for Himself
This model explains how one’s greatest strength can become their greatest weakness when overused.
Most people tend to rely heavily on, or overuse, those strengths they have found to be productive. Additionally, when strengths are overused it is likely that other strengths/behavioral styles are underused.