Stand Out

StandOut is a more in-depth look at the “strength types” described in Find Your Strongest Life (link to my longer review of that book) and how to apply your understanding of your strengths in your work and in group situations.  The book does a great job of helping you understand the ways you work best, and is quite insightful in its suggestions for how to leverage your strengths in groups, in leadership, and in selling your products, services, or ideas.

I found the strength leveraging idea particularly helpful.  For example, my main strength type is Advisor, and one facet of that is that I really enjoy breaking complex situations down into components and communicating that to other people.  So the book points out that I’m good at start-up or turnaround type work situations (when you have to assess a huge amount of information and use it to make critical, intense, strategic decisions) but that I should TOTALLY avoid being the person who has to implement the the changes or run existing operations (because I get incredibly bored).  I have found this to be true by painful experience, but haven’t ever really articulated it that way.  I am certainly filing this information away for considering future projects.

I also think it’s helpful to read books like this so I can better understand other people.  Do you ever find yourself on a committee or in a working group and you just don’t get why someone behaves like they do?  It’s so helpful to be able to get inside other people’s heads a little bit to understand how they make decisions and where they feel most comfortable and can best perform.  That kind of insight can make you a better leader, but also just smooths the path a little and gives you better ability to be kind and understanding.

If you’re interested in the strengths idea from Find Your Strongest Life, you might find this book helpful in its more detailed descriptions of the common strength types.  Whether you’re working at a regular job or just happen to work with others in your volunteering or church or family life, you might find the insights in StandOut helpful.


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2 thoughts on “Stand Out

  1. That’s funny – I am completely that way too. I love developing new projects or systems, but get so tired of running existing ones. It’s one thing I loved about my last job – there were many new projects that I’d get to work on starting up & then hand them off. Unfortunately there were also plenty of ongoing ones that I had to keep running.

    Thinking about that is also giving me some ideas on aspects of motherhood & homemaking where I struggle.

    Does the book give any insight on working around your weaknesses when it’s not something you can avoid or delegate?

    1. I don’t remember any specific guidance about working around weaknesses, but I guess he would say that you should find a way to either make it a strength, or else minimize it (like not make it a big part of your day). That’s something I definitely struggle with in motherhood and homemaking too. Sometimes taking the time to think up a kind of out of the box solution helps. Like for the longest time I hated cleaning the house because our kitchen floor was such a pain to clean (white linoleum, shows EVERYTHING) so I hired a cleaning service this fall and justified it because I am working, but then we had our flooring replaced (long story) and now the kitchen floor is darker, and it’s amazing how much I don’t mind cleaning. I really only minded the kitchen floor! So I solved that problem and let the cleaning team go. That was only last week so we’ll see if I can hack it in actual practice. 🙂 Thinking outside the box doesn’t have to be expensive (like maids or replacing flooring) – we didn’t have those options for lots of years and I did find occasional work-arounds that were cheap or free. I think the mindset of playing to your strengths and minimizing the weaknesses is helpful in any case, even if it just means thinking of a different way to approach the problem.

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