Spotlight Statements: Strengths, Risks, Frustrations and Challenges

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Rachel Scriven
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We all have strengths, risks, frustrations and challenges predicted by our personality.

For each subdomain in Spotlight, there are 4 personality statements: a Strength, Risk, Frustration and a Challenge.
These are all directly connected to the same personality trait, and it's helpful to realise how our strengths and risks come from the same place. We can't have one without the other. 
Strength and Risk statements help us to be more aware of our impact, while Frustration and Challenge statements help us recognise stretch and find a healthy balance between our natural style and adapting this to the situation.


These are behaviours you naturally do well, and that take little effort. 

It's all too easy for us to take for granted what we do easily, without realising it would take others with a different personality a lot more effort and intention. Are you aware of your strengths? Are you able to articulate them and make them known to others? Do you put yourself forward for things that use your strengths? 

Find opportunities that play to your strengths and bring out your best.



How you may be seen by others when this strength works against you.

Every strength comes with a risk, because behaviours needs to be adapted to the situation and those around us. Our personality is our patterns of behaving, and is deeply engrained like many of our habits. However our traits are not our fate.  Being aware of our natural tendencies is the first part of being able to spot them in the moment, and choose to do something differently for a better outcome. 

These statements can also help us understand how we might be seen to others with a different personality to us on this dimension, helping us to have more empathy, and communicate how we might flex our style to work better with each other.

Recognise where you might need to flex your style in certain situations for a better impact.



Conflicting personalities can create tension in working relationships.

We work very easily with those who have similar preferences to us. But it is the people who we find less easy to work alongside that often have the most to teach us because they have such a contrasting approach.  Instead of doing things how you have always done, or would like to do them, working with difference can be a powerful force to give you a new perspective and try something different. They say all emotions are just energy, and frustration can be a huge catalyst for change and learning. 

It's also important to realise frustrations and stretch takes energy, and to recharge often and find ways to reconnect back with our strengths and typical ways of being. Find the balance between working with people who compliment you and contrast you.

Learn to work with and appreciate difference in others who role model an alternative approach.



A recommended stretch from your current patterns of behaviour.

The "so what". The point of development isn't to work on "weaknesses" or change your personality. It is to harness it and find flexibility from where you start. To broaden and craft your own personal style. Challenges help you to see what's possible when you look beyond your current patterns and how small shifts could help you and others around you.  

Be sure to check out your Spotlight report within to see personal coaching notes for each of your 13 challenges. 

Focused practice that shifts you into new approaches and expands your range of behaviours.

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