want to know your best qualities? ask.

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.

askConsider the below as an example to help someone… help you… identify your strengths.

Hello Obi-Won,

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?

This includes:

  • 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.helpP.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.

As always, write me with any thoughts.


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