The title is not doublespeak, but something I’ve observed a lot lately. Starting this year, everybody at my work gets feedback every 6 months by 3-5 peers. In the conversations I’ve witnessed so far, there’s a recurring theme:
Our biggest strengths from “What you do great” reappear in the “What you could try” column with a cautionary flag. For example, I’m a generalist. It’s probably my biggest strength. I’m fairly good in a variety of roles. The swiss army knife of employees, if you will. My biggest weakness is that I’m not an expert in anything. Two faces of the same coin.
A colleague of mine had the poles “Very structured. Owning and improving the process” versus “Falling too much in love with the details of the process”.
The feedback conversations nicely illustrate the trade off and sweet spot inherent in any of our traits.
Mark Manson observed the same thing for cultures of countries:
The best part of a country or culture is also usually the worst
What is your strength-weakness pair?