What Do You Do Well?

Whether we consciously think about it or not, nobody has all the answers and skills needed to successfully run a business. In an earlier blog, The Know It All, I discussed the frustration of working with someone who is a know-it-all. Likely, we all have encountered someone like this.

We are All Unique Individual

Each person brings a unique blend of personality, skills, talents, abilities, gifts, and passions to the table. It is the responsibility of management to make the most of what each has to offer. The key is what do you do well?

The Big Picture

Some of us are wired to see the big picture. This is the kind of person who tends to be a visionary, has the ability to set a course or direction for the company or department, and seems to have the knack of just pulling ideas out of thin air. Not always, but frequently, this person struggles with implementation and follow through. They get an idea out there, get others to buy in to it, get the implementation started, and then tend to lose some of their initial interest as they move on to other ideas. Unfortunately, this tendency to move on too soon sometimes has to be reigned in, but we must recognize that this can only be done so much,

You’ve heard the saying, “The devil is in the details”, and for the big picture person that is certainly true. It’s not that they don’t care about the details but just that their strengths lie elsewhere.

The Details

Just as details fail to motivate a big picture person, a person who enjoys working with the fine details is not suited for developing the big picture. Again, it’s not that they don’t care, but rather it’s just that they are not oriented toward setting a vision or course of action. These people thrive on detail work and welcome routines that direct their actions. Let’s face it, without them nothing really gets done.


When it comes to relationships, these are people from both the big picture orientation and the detail orientation. They are those people who seem to get along with everybody and are able to function as the glue that holds a team together. They recognize the strengths and weaknesses of team members and are able to help utilize individuals where they function best. Though some people seem to naturally posses this trait, it is also one that can be developed.

Nobody is Better

Nobody is inherently better because they are big picture oriented or detail oriented. The truth is all play a vital role in an organization. In reality we all possess a little of each, so the key is maximizing each individual’s unique blend of abilities and continuing to allow them to develop.

Is your company making the most of employees? Each individual in a company needs to consider the key question, “what do you do well?”

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