You already know what you are really good at, right? Who else could possibly know better?
Maybe the people you’ve worked with.
Getting an outside perspective is a powerful way to help determine your most outstanding qualities.
So then, ask someone.
Consider the below as an example to help someone… help you… identify your strengths.
I am doing some “work within” and want to know what my strongest qualities are. I am asking for your help since we worked together on the Darth project.
I would appreciate greatly if you could please send me your responses to any of the questions below?
What is my Unique Ability?
- What talents, abilities, & characteristics best describe me?
- What successes did we experience together?
- What am I good at?
- What can I be counted on?
- What did I do that you most noticed?
- What other distinguishing, refreshing, or memorable features do I possess?
Does that give you enough ammo to gimmie-some-love?
If not… then I must really suck.
Don’t give up on me yet. How about…?
- What was my impact on you?
- What was my impact on the company?
- How did I change what you do?
- What’s one thing you get with me that you can’t get anywhere else?
- What are five words that best describe me?
You still having trouble? Then I’ll find a death star to hide behind. Yikes.
Thanks for your help, Obi-Won.
May the power be with me (gulp).
Don’t be shy, people want to help. Help them by creating a structure to help you. And of course, offer to return the favor.P.S. You could use a similar approach for requesting a LinkedIn recommendation, too.
Or even better, use these questions to proactively create a LinkedIn recommendation for someone you enjoyed working with.