Don’t let strengths go to waste

Is too much time spent on strengthening weaknesses rather than developing strengths?
By Sue Nador
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/28/2004

I remember a conversation with one of my sons in kindergarten: “Jake, your teacher is concerned that if you don’t spend less time in big blocks and more time at the reading centre, you will not get better at reading.”

“Yes, Mom,” Jake replied, “but if I don’t spend more time at big blocks, I won’t get really great at building.”

Jake had a good point, one that raises an interesting training and development question for HR: Do we place too much emphasis on trying to improve people’s areas of weakness at the expense of leveraging their strengths? Yes, we do.