fostering a community of people interested in exploring strengths
Ok- simile, metaphor, analogy- whatever the proper terminology - I like this way of helping people understand the importance of focusing on strengths rather than just needling away at weaknesses. We're like sailboats. Boats with holes. Boats with holes but also with BIG awesome sails. If the holes in the boat are our weaknesses, we definitely need to address them or we'll sink, right? We need to patch them up or we're going to end up on the bottom of the ocean. BUT! If we don't pay attention to our big bad ass sails (our strengths); if we don't hoist them, trim them, pay a lot of attention to how the wind is hitting them - well, we won't go anywhere interesting at all. If all you do is patch the holes, you'll stay afloat but drift aimlessly and likely hit the shore at some point. Ouch. The most important things on a SAILboat are the blinking sails. I'm not sure why this happens but have you sailors also noticed that if the boat is going fast enough, the water actually goes out the holes and the holes become a non-issue? That's the coolest thing. If your strengths are really amazing, the weaknesses become a non-issue. S'truth.
So- what are you doing about your sails? Are they even raised? Have you even taken them out of the sailbag? Or are you too busy patching up a tiny little hole?