How to use personal strengths to solve problems and amplify results.

The conscious application of our strengths, soft skills, changes everything. When we figure out what comes naturally and how we do what we do, we can amplify our results. We can also use that information to help to develop our team’s skills – and to provide an edge in solving problems effectively and efficiently. Jess Dewell hosts panelists Andrea Keatts and Scott Scowcroft to discuss how we use our strengths to solve problems.

Starting the Conversation…

  • How do we use our strengths to solve problems?

Host: Jess Dewell
Panel: Andrea Keatts, Scott Scowcroft

What You Will Hear:

Strengths are a double edge sword.

Self-awareness of our strengths and how to relate them to problems.

Three approaches to talking a problem that exists.

Reframed problems, the willingness to call a problem a problem.

The problem is in the eye of the beholder.

The willingness to try again.

Building resilience.

Respond and react mentality.

Jess’ three levels of awareness.

Look at the steps of a problem for the little things – create muscle memory.

Deconstruct problem-solving – it’s a strength.

Teams, partnership, complimenting each other strengths.

What’s the first step to make a chance to create more choice?

Soft skills and core competencies around relationship building and making personal change.

Tips to get perspective; to recognize we don’t know what we don’t know.

What makes it BOLD to combine personal strengths and problem-solving?

Notable & Quotable:

Andrea Keatts: When they use our powers for good, they can get trapped into a way of thinking and being … and every single problem gets the same approach.

Scott Scowcroft: You can’t have a strength without a weakness, there must be some sort of measurement.

Scott Scowcroft: Measure data against benchmarks.

Andrea Keatts: Problems can fall into qualitative AND quantitative issues.

Jess Dewell: When we call a problem something else, there is a chance we don’t recognize the opportunity use a proven process.

Scott Scowcroft: Resilience has a lot to do with one can have a tolerance for problems.

Jess Dewell: Own the fact we reached a limit and not letting that stop us.

Andrea Keatts: Think about the response you want if you were on the other side of the situation; craft a meaningful response.

Scott Scowcroft: You can look at an elephant in at least 3 different ways.

Andrea Keatts: The ability to make informed decisions is a key step in solving a problem.

Andrea Keatts: People who like you are more likely to lift you up.

Jess Dewell: If we didn’t have a working model, we must go find one to learn from.

Scott Scowcroft: I feel duty bound to think deeply about the advice that I ask for, and that’s hard sometimes.

Scott Scowcroft: Problem-solving is going out on a limb and taking a chance to solve a conflict.

Andrea Keatts: Thought leadership is BOLD because you are stepping up and taking a position as the leader.


Tags: problem-solving, intention, root cause, strengths, weaknesses, data, observation, response, priorities, resilience, choice, awareness, discipline