Friday, May 12, 2017

Lean Quote: Don’t Let Your Strengths Become Weaknesses

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"As you’re the only one you can really change, the only one who can really use all your good advice is yourself." — John-Roger and Peter McWilliams

The abilities, work habits, or loyalties that served you well in times past may outlive their usefulness. The winds of change reshape circumstances and present different problems. New personalities come into the picture. Even if your job title and duties remain the same, the situation calls for something new out of you.

Be sure to shift your job’s priorities to match the changes in organizational priorities. Align yourself with any changes in values and culture. Adjust your approach to fit the personality and management style of new leaders. Get busy developing new competencies if your skills become outdated. Tom Peters wrote, “Only those who constantly retool themselves stand a chance of staying employed in the years ahead.”

Be alert. Catch on. Refocus rapidly. Examine your job and identify the critical few, make-or-break factors important for job success. Chances are something there has changed.


Continuing to focus on “doing what you do best” might be one of the worst things you could do.

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1 comment:

  1. Do not look at change as a negative think. Most the time change is for the good and to make things better for the team, process or product. Learn to become a change agent and not resist change. Don't forget to look at how one can change himself to become a better person can be done in many ways.

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