Strong Weaknesses

The road to high performance starts with building on strengths, instead of improving weaknesses. This approach is not always easy. Below are ten warning signs of organizations moving away from their strengths.

  1. More than 80% of a typical performance review is about what is not going well.
  2. Personal development plans are focused on building skills which don’t play to people’s talents.
  3. The quality of excuses is more important than achieving actual results.
  4. An opportunistic approach to try to make good customers out of bad prospects.
  5. Inability to courageously fire the bottom 20% of your customers.
  6. Inability to massively serve the top 20% of your customers.
  7. Lofty strategies combined with poor execution.
  8. Pricing is dictated by competitor moves.
  9. Ballooning action lists.
  10. The majority of projects don’t have any actual progress in weeks.

How would you rate your organization on each of these? 

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1 Comment

Todd Canterbury
May 29, 2020 at 5:36 am

I left Boeing in Feb, 2020 becausebi observed all 10 of your 10 Strong Weaknesses list! During the 14 years with Boeing, I can look back and clearly see the elements of your Strong Weaknesses. I didn’t know it at the time, but Strong Weaknesses is happening and accelerating at Boeing. Not just Seattle, But at each of it’s locations major design and manufacturing sites, as I had to visit them on a regular basis. The final straw, as we say here in USA, was my PM for 2019. Yes, 80% was about what went wrong, what skills mgt felt I needed to build with me retorting those skills will not improve my performance! Example, as a Systems Engineer for Manufacturing, , Why would I need to know how to “effectivly build a website” to do my job? In the last two years with Boeing, I had 3 bosses and 4 senior VPs?

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