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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Failure is the Teacher of Success

 By Challa S.S.J. Ram Phani

Many of us could not find time to assess our strengths. We do not have time even to utilize our strengths and apply them in our workplace. If we assess our self with honesty, then we can overcome our weaknesses. You do not have the honesty to agree your weaknesses. You can depend on others to assess your weaknesses. You will always identify some qualities as your strengths and never act on them. If you do not know, what your strengths are, you have to slog till morning to evening to complete your tasks.
Even with others, we always concentrate on their weaknesses. We never want to leverage their strengths for the sake of organization. No weakness is permanent. It is just because of lack of experience and training. As far as strengths are concerned, you can strengthen them a lot through continuous training. Always try to find out the strengths in a person. Even weaknesses can be utilized sometimes for the benefit of the organization.
Many people always say that they are busy. They always whine and postpone even small task. Seniority in the workplace does not guarantee quality of work. You cannot expect creativity in routine work. When change is inevitable, this will become an obstacle.
Dependence on others is weakness. It is not strength. Instead of thinking exit of a performer and its consequences, you have to think about how to retain him. Your competitors not focusing on your employees is not their weakness, but yours.
What is the remedy? Follow the following tips while working with others.
i. Involve everybody in the process of planning. Welcome new ideas and suggestions.
ii. Always have clarity with whoever you are working. Clarify your expectations and the benefits which you are going to give them in turn.
iii. Always have face to face meetings to share challenges in work. Do not depend on giving notices to your colleagues. Do not hesitate to praise in public or criticize within the four walls.
iv. Allow everybody to express their opinions. Always consider facts while taking decisions.
v. Do not criticize in public. Limit your criticism to the meetings and praise in public. Always encourage people who are useful for the organization.
vi. Always select people who take ownership for their actions. Do not allow too humble people who always say that they follow your instructions blindly.
You cannot expect great performance or results from this kind of people.
The author is a Senior HR Professional, HR Consultant, Career Management Consultant, Soft Skills Trainer and Founder CEO of aimkaam consultrainers, Hyderabad. Contact me for your Campus Recruitment Training Programs and Leadership Development Programs. You can reach me at

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