“I want to assess my strengths and identify the best career for me,” a potential client told me on the phone.
Career development doesn’t really work that way, I told her.
“We definitely want to play to your strengths in your work,” I said. “You’ve been around for 30-some years – I bet you already know what your strengths are if you think about it.”
Take the time a beloved client once told me a long, complicated, technical story about something that had happened at his work. Buried within that story was a more interesting story: this unassuming, soft-spoken engineer was unafraid of conflict.
“You run towards conflict,” I said.
“I don’t have time for conflict,” he answered. “I need to understand what the problem is and resolve it quickly.”
“You don’t even see it as conflict,” I said, wonderingly… (Read the rest of the story at The Seattle Times.)