Management Tip of the Day: Ways To Manage Your Weaknesses

Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:51pm EDT
 
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Knowing what your weaknesses are is not just an issue for that tricky job interview question, according to Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (http:\\www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Despite what you may be tempted to say in job interviews, you have weaknesses. In real life, it's important to acknowledge the things you aren't good at. Once you've taken that hard look in the mirror, here are three things you can do about what you see:

1. Get better. If your job includes areas you're not strong in, work hard to improve. Get a mentor, ask for stretch assignments, or take a class.

2. Delegate. Play to your strengths. Find a subordinate, a peer, or a contractor who can do the things you're not great at.

3. Move on. If neither of the above work, it's time to look for a new job. There is no use staying in a position where you always need to hide or mitigate your weaknesses."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "What Are You Not Good At?" by Jodi Glickman.

 
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