Yeah – I know that quip so well. Make your weakness sound like a strength wearing a veil.
So we go: I am a workaholic. I know I should do more to balance work and life, but I can not just stop myself whenever I have a deadline.
Truth is, a lot of people have become adept seeing through this façade. I don’t even ask this question again when I interview people, because, what is the point? I design my interviews to tease out the weaknesses and the strengths any ways.
But that is not what I am talking about here, really.
I am pondering my own strengths and I find that one key strength – being able to read the room – is also one of my biggest weaknesses. I am able to read the room well. Thus able to stand or sit or jump as may be appropriate.
But when I can not, I get frustrated.
And sometimes, I fail totally to read the room, until I might have crossed a line.
And equally unsettling: I read too much into the room.
Do you know your weaknesses and strengths? What do you do with the knowledge?