Imagine that from the moment we go to school, we are made aware of our strengths and that we take our weaknesses for granted. That, the moment we attend classes, we are evaluated for what we do best and that we are allowed our lesser points. That, every single thing we do at this young age, is reflected to what our teachers have come to learn about us and that we are encouraged to improve our strengths, instead of being remembered about our weak points?
That, the moment we are conscious and able to decide for ourselves and we are in touch with our talents, that we are encouraged to use and improve them. That, when we are in college, we are steered to what we A+ in instead of being focussed on the C-‘s we got?
I know we would be different from what we are now.
Business life would be different from what it is now. The simple explanation is that we would not try to get jobs we are formally trained in and eventually get them; no, we would try to get jobs we are really good at instead. We would be hunting for and getting positions where our inherited and early learned talents are tapped and used to the company’s advantage. We would feel secure, valuable and self-confident. We would be able to broadcast our knowledge and hone it. We would be working together, each with his or her own strengths, in a business environment where political competition is minimum and professional progress is strengthened.
We are not there. Business life is too focused on creating the all-rounded employee, with companies being more inclined to improving weaknesses than to using strengths. Yearly evaluations are measured by “areas of improvement” instead of by merits and it should not be so. “Areas of Excellence” should be judged instead and employees should be used according to them. If one is an excellent performer in a crucial area, use her in it. If one is worse in another, find a backup and if not possible, explain him why he does not fit in.