How to Exploit Your Strengths to Rock at Work

How to Exploit Your Strengths to Rock at Work

Want to rock your tasks, goals, projects, relationships, and career? Exploit yourself at work, in a good way. Build a custom strategy for success based on your unique Strengths and those of the people around you. Step 1: Clarify Your Strengths We’re all good at something. Everybody has a unique set of talents. The trick is naming them with enough specificity to take action. Saying I’m good at “details” sounds good but leaves much to be desired for turning that into action. Are you good at collecting details, organizing them, discovering them, communicating them, analyzing them? A little more “detail” please. Clarify your Strengths with specifics. Gallup’s StrengthsFinder tool is a good place to start. The StrengthsFinder assessment provides you with a unique combination of 34 total Strengths. Your top five are your dominant strengths and opportunity for greatness. Each individual taking the assessment gets a detailed report customized based on their unique combination of top strengths. Note: the math says there’s a 1 in 33 million chance you’ll find someone with the exact same combination, so you get to be unique AND have clarity. Here’s a quick example: If one of your top five is “Strategic,” Gallup’s short definition says you “create alternative ways to proceed” and “faced with any given scenario, you can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.” Aha! We can start to understand better how this might be applied. Step 2: Personal Strategy (moving from knowledge to action) Knowing your Strengths is just a start. Putting them to work in a strategy is where the rubber meets the road. Like a coach determining a...
Trybal’s Best Posts of 2017 & Changes for 2018

Trybal’s Best Posts of 2017 & Changes for 2018

Happy New Year! We hope everyone’s year has started off well. If it’s been rocky so far, don’t worry—there’s plenty of time to get back on track. 2017 was a good year for us at Trybal for many reasons. Perhaps our favorite was the launch of several new courses, including our Conversation Mechanics course, How to Talk About It. We’ve been delighted with the great feedback and the positive changes our clients are making to unleash the vibe of their Trybs. And, we’d be remiss not to mention our founder, Alexsys Thompson’s big debut! After a decade and a half of practice, workshops, and facilitation on leadership and the importance of gratitude, Alexsys designed and published The Trybal Gratitude Journal. This tool was designed with all the creativity, love, and mastery she’s known for. So far, it’s been a smashing success and has received excellent reviews, including endorsements from best-selling authors. Alexsys—we’re proud of you and can’t wait to see what you create this year! To honor 2017, here’s a round-up of some of our most popular posts for the year. If you missed any of them, we highly recommend you take a peak. We worked hard to create content that is practical and helpful for you in your every day life. First, we’d like to share some changes we’ll be making in 2018. In the first quarter of the year, we’ll be creating some awesome new resources for our clients, and hopefully some fun new content for the general public. Because of that, we’ll be reducing the number of posts we’re producing for the blog from weekly to...
The #1 Thing Sabotaging Your Conversations & How to Fix It

The #1 Thing Sabotaging Your Conversations & How to Fix It

What are identity concerns? Identity concerns are the internal questions that arise and make us feel attacked when faced with tough conversations. We race through all that’s going on around us, all we can remember about the situation being discussed, the data points we have about the person talking with us, and perhaps most important all the questions we have about ourselves. Identity concerns look like the following: Why are they saying this to me? What do they think of me? What do others think of me? What are they NOT saying? Am I good enough? Am I worthy of this relationship, this job, this opportunity? Am I capable? As the questions swirl in our head, anxiety grows, and we began to move along the spectrum of fight or flight. Our body tenses and emotions take over. Our ability to hold a quality conversation diminishes as we get lost in our stories. These thoughts complicate the situation and inhibit our ability to be truly present and engaged in the conversation at hand. We introduce dynamics that cloud our judgement and prevent moving the conversation toward resolution and the outcome we truly want. Dealing with our identity concerns helps us get back in conversation and keep communication flowing.  It helps us move from a place of blame and judgement to contribution and mutual purpose. Start by naming your identity concerns. What questions or concerns about yourself are popping up most and generating emotions which are in the way of dialogue? Look for patterns:  Is there a recurring trigger that generates the concerns? What personal filters are you applying to how...