The Flip Side of Our Strengths

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I would assert that I'm a pretty good mentor; I've written about the topic here, here, and most recently here.

A recent interaction, however, has me wondering if I'm a good mentee.  During the latest round of edits for Dare.Dream.Do, I had asked a professional acquaintance to read the manuscript.  She was kind enough to do so, and to provide me with some spot on feedback re: marketing of the book.  Though kindly delivered, I felt myself bracing for what turned out to be an imaginary incursion against my sense of self.  This led me to wonder if I haven't had mentors because they weren't available, or because I didn't know how to be a good mentee.  For the record, I think it's both.  Further, did I become a good mentor in spite of, or because of, my lack of mentoring?

When we analyze strengths, we tend to probe for an Achilles' heel.

What if in addition to auditing for vulnerability where there is strength, we also scouted for compensating strengths where there is weakness?

Radical, perhaps.  But, I think I'll give this a try.

Thoughts?

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