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Effectiveness Best Practice: Build on individual strengths, not weaknesses

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The common saying, “play to your strengths,” has been found in many studies to be true for highly successful leaders in all fields. Focus and build on your core strengths. A focus on fixing personal weaknesses is not the best use of time and effort. Start with an inventory of core strengths.

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  • "Now, Discover Your Strengths", by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, 2001.

[edit] Author

The author of this page is Terry Gardiner

Terry Gardiner is the founder and President of Silver Lining Seafoods and NorQuest Seafoods - a medium size Alaska seafood processing companies; and currently Board member of the Anvil Corporation, an employee owned company specializing in oil and gas engineering.

His co-operative experiences include member director of the Commercial Fishermen Co-operative association; creation of legislation for the Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank; and advisor to the US Dept of Health and Social Services for the state Health CO-OPs.

Terry served ten years as a member of the Alaska House of Representatives -several legislative committee chairmanships, Speaker of the House, Chairman of the Alaska Criminal Code Commission and board member on various state and federal boards and commissions.

His non-profit experiences include National Policy Director for the Small Business Majority in Washington DC; working with the Herndon Alliance and ForTerra.

Terry authored the leadership book, "Six-Word Lessons to Build Effective Leaders: 100 Lessons to Equip Your People to Create Winning Organizations".



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