Its always better to focus on your strengths rather than wasting time on your weaknesses. If over a period of time you eliminate all the activities except where you are excellent, you can have an amazing life.
Now the above is something which I would work towards as my ultimate objective. However there are times when you need to work with some of the weaknesses also because of business reasons.
I was never knowledgeable about legal terms of a contract. But after I came into my present role, I had to discuss on legal parts of a contract. Before this, legal language was absolutely Greek to me.
While marketing and sales is my forte, I had to build some capabilities on legal language. So I identified some 20% items which were always a bone of contention in any legal contract. So I would just check on those first and the other side was immediately engaged.
The other place where I am not strong is spreadsheets- initially when I was stuck with studying business plans on excel sheets, I was all over the place trying to understand what was going on. Now I have identified a few key things which help me navigate the sheet and ask the right questions to my finance team.
With this I am able to achieve 80% of the tasks in any excel spreadsheet with ease. Its what I call small hinges moving larges doors.
Till next time….don’t waste your time in trying to strengthen your weaknesses. Identify the 20% that can meet 80% of the requirements.