Four Tricks to Manage Weakness

How to remain strength-based

Four Tricks to Manage Weakness

It is important for leaders to remain strength-based. Strengths are the skills and activities that come easily to you, cause you to be efficient, and allow you to produce the highest level results when working in them. The challenge though is that we all have weakness. These are the areas that drain our energy and only allow us to produce minimum results when working in them. The solution is to manage our weakness so we can spend more time in areas of personal strengths. Here are 4 practical ways to manage your areas of weakness.

1. Don’t do it

There are responsibilities and tasks only you as the leader can or should be doing while others you don’t need to do. Take time to review your job requirements and roles so you can find out if you are spending the majority of your time in areas of strengths and the areas of weakness you are working in, but that you should stop doing. If you can afford not to do or perform a task in an area of weakness chose to simply not do it. Also, make sure not to volunteer to take on projects, extra assignments, or a new position until that will cause you to work or work more in your areas of weakness.

2. Delegate it

One of the most efficient ways of managing your weakness is to delegate it to someone else. This is when knowing the strengths and weakness of those you work with comes in handy. You can delegate the area of weakness to one of your staff members or ask a trusted colleague if they would be able to do the task. The key is to make sure the person you ask is strong in the area. Since the task or area of responsibility will be an area of strength for the person you have asked they will enjoy doing it and likely achieve better results than if you would have done it. Learn about your team then delegate different tasks to them.

3. Partner with someone

If you can’t delegate the task or project you can consider partnering with someone to help you get it done. This way you will not have to complete or do it all by yourself and you will spend less time in the area of weakness. Consider breaking the task or project up equally between yourself and the other person or persons. Try focusing on the areas each of you is strongest in within the weakness, the task or project. Even if the whole project is in an area of a weakness it might be better getting help then doing it all yourself.

4. Find resources to get it done

The World is advancing in technology each day. You can now find relevant resources and tools that will help you in completing some of or all of the different tasks or projects you need to do. You can find systems that allow you to automate what needs to be done or you can outsource it to a professional service. For example, I hire someone through when I need a word document converted into an Amazon eBook or PDF. I’ve also outsourced when I need a new book cover and have a family member assist me with my book edits. This has saved me from hours of learning and working in areas of weakness. You should automate or outsource as many things as possible, especially if it’s an area of weakness.

Questions: How do you remain strength-based? Which of these tricks could you apply into your leadership to be more strength-based?

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11 thoughts on “Four Tricks to Manage Weakness

  1. Great points Dan. I have to delegate my weaknesses. Although having a small company right now I’m having to do allot in my weak areas. Delegating is hard when your trying to grow. What suggestions do you have for the Solopreneur looking to expand a business with growing resources?

    • I have a reply for you. Don’t ask Dan what you should do. Seek out the wisdom you need for yourself. People’s time is very important. We shouldn’t be dependent on others to find solutions for us. That may sound harsh but it’s how leaders function. They find solutions for themselves. Best wishes.

    • Thank you Lincoln. It’s great to hear from you. Depending on your budget I suggesting:

      hiring an assistant (or virtual assistant) to focus on those tasks, having your wife or friend do or work with you on those tasks, deleting the tasks that you don’t really have to or should be doing at this time, or scheduling blocks of time were you concentrate only on those tasks of weakness followed by working in areas of strengths.

      Let me know if this helps. We should chat on the phone some time soon, I’d love to hear what you are doing these days.

  2. While I agree that delegating areas of weakness is usually the best option, do you ever think that working in an area of weakness has its benefits? For example, I’m not great at math, but getting myself to do it on a regular basis at least improves the base ability. Does that make sense?

    • Hi Kari! Sharpening or working in an area of weakness just to work in the area will provide very limited benefits. For one it takes you away from your areas of strengths, also our areas of weakness are more difficult to master. If it’s a weakness you have to work in on a regular basis (like a task at work) then it would be beneficial for you to learn enough within the area were you are able to complete the task in a timely and proficient manor. For those work tasks of mine that fall into my areas of weakness, I try grouping them all together to get them done at the same time. Does that make sense and help?

      • Yes, it makes sense, and I kind of already realized this. I just believe that we simply cannot always avoid our weaknesses and that improving them can help at least to some extent can help us increase our efficiency. I also believe that challenging ourselves in our areas of weakness does strengthens our brains, kind of like doing a challenging workout and trying something we don’t normally do.

        • I’d say if sharpening your areas of weakness would benefit you, then go ahead and sharpen those areas. Especially if it relates to an essential part or aspect of your required work. Thank you for sharing.

  3. There are times when these easily apply. However there are clearly times when you have to persevere and schedule blocks to just get it done. As your responsibilities, income and other items increase it can become easier to move into these other elements. Of course if it’s absolutely hurting you and your team, you may have to sacrifice other things – team members, money, time – and place them all on the weakness to get it out of the way.

    The other side that I try to force myself into is not procrastinating on things that aren’t my favorite to do, or are outside of my strength zone. With that, I may do something in my strength zone to get me the fire/energy I need to get through the weak spot.

    • Great points! Setting aside blocks of time to work in your areas of weakness is so important. It should be followed by working in an area of strength. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

  4. I think a leader, at one time or another, will have to use all of these actions. The key of course is doing whatever it takes to accomplish the goal before us.