Shine Bright like a Diamond

In my previous article “If Cinderella had gone back for her shoe, she’d never have become a Princess!” I talk about the Odin Development Compass (ODC), and your “fragile strengths” as well as your “resistant limitations”. We also have “natural strengths” - those things which are aligned to our natural drivers, and what we love to do. When you do something you love, you're far more likely to enjoy it, find it easy, be good at it, and be energised by doing it. It can make everything seem right in the world, and won't feel like hard work. As Sir JM Barrie once said “Nothing is really work, unless you’d rather be doing something else”.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to do more of the things that play to your natural strengths at work? We’d all certainly get more done, and it would be infinitely more satisfying! Identifying, recognising and understanding what you love doing and what you find easy to do can help guide your future career choices and decisions. Use this information to help you decide what you do next. If you reflect, look at your career to date, and consider when you were at your best, what were you doing? What was it about a particular role that allowed you to be your best? Was it the role itself? The particular skills you had to use? The fact that you were able to do what you loved doing? That you were part of a team? The culture of the organisation? Looking back and identifying these specific themes can help greatly in guiding your future decisions, and ultimately ensure you do do more of what you love.

Similarly, there are things that are our natural drivers but, for whatever reason, we don’t get the opportunity to use or demonstrate those competencies at work. Being able to reveal your natural potential is vital to being able to use and hone the skills you could quickly develop so they come easily, and over time become things you're good at and do with your eyes closed. The ODC helps you to focus your efforts on those things that come more naturally - whether you're currently aware of them or not! Therefore to shine bright like a diamond;

Realise what you love doing;

Aspire to develop other things that come easily to you - your natural potential; and

Do realise your full potential and reveal your true self!

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