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Avoiding the “OI” Zone

As more of the world goes back to the workplace there are huge challenges as work communities are reforming from virtual platforms. As one colleague of mine said “It’s like in two years people have forgotten how to act like people.” At Inpowering People we are seeing our work help people reconnect in healthy and effective ways. A secret to our success? Helping individuals see others as people instead of from a perspective influenced by our talent Kryptonite that can lead us to view others as objects in the “OI” zone:

Obstacles  We see others as something to overcome: a problem to solve, a nuisance to avoid, a barrier to a goal. When I am zeroed in on the finish line with my Achiever talent, a phone call or co-worker suddenly becomes a barrier to my momentum of accomplishment or a drain on my timeline towards a deadline.

Interruptions – Those with Focus, Discipline, and Consistency can shut out...

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Adaptability - Flexibility that Flows

adaptability energize Jun 30, 2020

If there is a talent that can eat the disruption of a global pandemic for breakfast it is Adaptability

Adaptability is an Energize talent that thrives on change and variety. Flexibility and pivoting are second nature to those with this talent. The opportunity to adjust to something new, fresh, or different is life-giving when this talent is in your upper tier. While most people can be hesitant or even resistant to changes in their schedule, routines, circumstances, or relationships those with Adaptability get engaged and even excited about these disruptions to life. Whether adapting to working from home or connecting the kids to online school, the demand to adjust, transition, and re-adjust is more an opportunity than a problem for Adaptability. 

While riding with the tides of change and going with the flow of the unexpected are earmarks of Adaptability, it has a variety of other expressions. For some it looks like a juggling act of multi-tasking, keeping multiple plates...

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Are You Frozen or Fried? 2 Steps to Rehab Your Talents

In 8th grade, I had a fall over a hurdle that resulted in a compound fracture to my right arm. With a full cast that started below my knuckles and extended over the elbow and bicep, I was sentenced to 12 weeks of no use of my dominant hand and arm. Two things happened over the course of the next three months: First, I got creative and a little more proficient doing things with my left hand and other body parts like learning how to write (legibly!) with my left arm, albeit at a much slower rate. Second, I bought fully into a marketing campaign that milk builds strong bones and began to drink it at every meal.  

Three months later when my arm came out of the final cast, it was withered and puny compared to my left arm. Writing and many simple tasks were immediately regained by my freed right hand but it took some deliberate therapy to rebuild the strength and mass in my right arm so I could extend it out straight, lift heavier objects, and throw a baseball. I had...

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