*One Question can help you Predict your Chances of Success in the work you’re doing right now!*

By Shweta HandaGupta

Answer the question below to determine whether you can be successful or even happy in what you do.

Think of a number, a clear percentage.  But, first, let us step back a bit to understand this word – ‘strengths’. Strengths are not just things you do well, they’re more than that. If you change the tyre of your car a dozen times, you might become great at it but that doesn’t necessarily make changing tyres your ‘strength’! :) Your strengths come to you naturally and when you identify, use and build them, you spontaneously produce better outcomes.

Alex Linley has defined a strength as a ‘capacity for a particular way of behaving, thinking, or feeling that is authentic and energising to the user, and enables optimal functioning, development and performance.‘  So, as you list down your strengths, I invite you to think of things that you are not just good at but things that also energize you, come easily to you and make you feel good. Think of qualities and characteristics not task level strengths.

Now that you have your strengths, think about the big question above – How much of your time are you spending doing things that involve your strengths? Most highly successful people I spoke to used about 70% of their time utilizing their strengths. Utilizing your strengths doesn’t mean staying in the comfort zone of doing things that come easily. It means identifying your strengths, building on them and using them most effectively to generate success.

Research by behavioural statisticians has found that people benefit more by improving what they are doing right vs. focussing on what they’re doing wrong. Unfortunately, we have become more and more focussed on identifying and working on weaknesses or more politically correct, our improvement areas! This, often at the expense of working on and celebrating our strengths.

I’d noticed many clients in my coaching sessions (ranging from young managers to corporate leaders) coming in with objectives related to improving an area they weren’t good at! I put up the following words on the wall where they could be seen

The results have been promising.

I do not suggest here that you completely ignore improvement areas for they might be coming in the way of your extracting the complete potential from your strengths. My suggestion is while you should be working on your weaknesses too but the amount of time you spend working on your strengths should be significantly more!

And if you are living a life or pursuing a career that cannot utilize your strengths and instead needs you to focus on improving and building many things which you don’t have, you’re probably in a place where your chances of success are very slim!


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Secret Formula To Create Your Own Good Luck

I’ve heard a lot of conversations about luck recently and have been reading a lot of comments about luck on professional networking forums. I thought I’ll share the secret formula to create your own Good Luck!! It works! So go out there and get lucky!!

Step 1 – Know your Goal. Setting your goals right and setting the right goals is the first step towards achieving them.

Step 2 – Visualize Its Achievement – Visualizing the achievement of your goal helps you in multiple ways. It motivates you to get started, helps you define outcomes and most of all imagining an action and doing it are integrated and engage the same neural pathways in our brain. Studies have shown that both require the same sensory and motor programs, so by imagining your actions, you are helping prepare your brain for the real thing!! Clearly imagine yourself having achieved your goal, think and feel it, observe what you are doing and what’s happening in your vision.

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5 Things that can make you Happy… Everyday!!

November 30, 2012 by Shweta Handa-Gupta

Take time out in the morning to plan your day. Then pick up the one thing you have to (but don’t really want to) do and get it done.  You’ll be surprised at how much lighter, more focussed and happier you feel all day. Not to mention the time you’ll save that you may have spent fretting about it, finding excuses to procrastinate and feeling guilty about not getting round to doing it.

Expect the best from every person you meet. It will show (whether you realize it or not!!) and people almost always live up to expectations – good or bad.

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And they all fall down… – The Leadership Crunch

October 30, 2012 by Shweta Handa-Gupta

Integrity, ethics, transparency – some of the most used and abused words in the Corporate world. Every organization tries to fit these somewhere in their vision, mission, values but these are often the first to be sacrificed at the altar of ‘practicality’ and ‘business sense’.

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The Entrepreneurship ‘ADVENTURE’

September 27, 2012 by Shweta Handa-Gupta

Entrepreneurship, the dream and new success mantra of professional graduates and existing CEOs alike. However, for every entrepreneur that succeeds, there is a larger number that don’t. So what does it take to become a successful entrepreneur? One thing that clearly emerged from my research in this area is that the skills necessary to run a business aren’t always the same skills that are needed to start one. I’ve met brilliant CEOs who grew and built businesses for others and were very good at what they did. But not all of them did as well when they decided to strike out on their own and I know of quite a few eminent examples who returned (wisely) back to running businesses for someone else.

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