Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Now, Discover MY strengths

So, Shawn has decided that I should read "Now Discover Your Strengths" because he had to read it for his work book club--they read such riveting books as "Developing Linux Drivers" and "Developing Linux Kernels." But anyhow, the whole gist of the book is "why bother fixing your weaknesses when you're not going to ever be great at what your weakness is. You should work on your strengths because that's what you're good at so make it better!" to which I say, "Word." So anyhow, it pretty much says that some people consider some things to be a weakness, but it's really just because they're not looking at it as a strength. For example, the doomsday people (you know, the ones that always say "what if this happens, or what if that happens?") have the strength to look at something from just about every angle--their strength is finding the weaknesses in something and pointing them out. This would be a hassle in the case of writing a report because they're too busy trying to find every angle and fill every hole in the report. BUT if you apply these people to something that would use their ability to find everything that's wrong (such as emergency planning) then what people thought was a hindrance actually becomes their strength. Susan is this person. She is constantly saying that the worst rainstorm is going to come, there is going to be flooding EVERYWHERE and we're all going to DIE. She's also in charge of our Flood Early Warning System. Needless to say, Austin now has one of the best flood warning systems in the US. Anyhow, I will use this book and analyze my coworkers. it will be fun, fun I say.

Speaking of work, work has been weird. We got a new director. And it seems that everyone is thinking that the world will end because of it. Because of this, and our semi-annual performance review week, everyone is on edge and getting short with each other.

And that is it for now. Turn around, Don't Drown.


Dani said...

here did you get ,turn around; don't drown, anyways?
And your boss is funny and the book and everything else.... anyways I enjoy this blog very much. mmmm
more coworker+book observations!

Anonymous said...

Very pretty site! Keep working. thnx!