Imagine you had a rowing boat, or a bucket for that matter, that 95% of which was perfect. But just 5% of which had a slight crack. It would render the whole boat or bucket useless.
In the same way you could have a fantastic football team, but a hopeless goalkeeper. And so as many goals as you scored at one end, you’d let in at the other.
That is why a team is only as strong as the weakest Player in it.
If you make a chain of links of various strengths, such as one that can hold 60lbs, 80lb and 40lbs and test it, it will always break first at it’s weakest point.
We understand how this relates to teams and in business processes, but it also affects us as individuals. Our effectiveness and our happiness is limited by our weaknesses.
For some people, it’s an inability to communicate with others that holds them back. For others, it might be their ego and refusing to accept that they don’t know best. And for some it’s getting stuck in fear or confusion.
Whatever the issue, if you want to make any changes in your life, you need to know the problem spots that can hold you back.
As I said in my post last week, I noticed two areas that were holding me back.
- Getting swept away by the events of everyday life and so not having any time to reflect and think about what I really believed was the ideal that something could be. This led me to feel confused and lose my sense of self and certainty.
- The second point was that I need to interact with people. I enjoy it, but often avoid it. Working out ideas alone, I can drift off into thought so abstract, that it has no practical benefit to anyone. And that kind of thinking can tie you up in knots.
So what’s holding you back and how can you compensate for your weaknesses so they don’t limit how effective and happy you can be?
To compensate for the weaknesses that I know hold me back I’ve set up a small group conference call to discuss and share ideas. Tonight is the first of them.
I would like to extend you the invitation to join us and see if the power of the group can help make the weakest link in your chain stronger.
The meeting begin at 10pm U.K. time (5pm EST. Convert to your time here)
To join us, go to this page five to ten minutes before the meeting starts;
You may have to register for the meeting. Do that here;