* What advantages do you have that others don't have (for example, skills, certifications, education, or connections)? * What do you do better than anyone else?
* What personal resources can you access?
* What do other people (and your boss, in particular) see as your strengths? * Which of your achievements are you most proud of?
* What values do you believe in that others fail to exhibit? * Are you part of a network that no one else is involved in? If so, what connections do you have with influential people? Consider this from your own perspective, and from the point of view of the people around you. And don't be modest or shy – be as objective as you can. And if you have any difficulty with this, write down a list of your personal characteristics. Some of these will hopefully be strengths! You can also learn more about identifying your strengths in our article on "Your Reflected Best Self™".
Think about your strengths in relation to the people around you. For example, if you're a great mathematician and the people around you are also great at math, then this is not likely to be a strength in your current role – it may be a necessity.
* What new technology can help you? Or can you get help from others or from people via the Internet? * Is your industry growing? If so, how can you take advantage of the current market? * Do you have a network of strategic contacts to help you, or offer good advice? * What trends (management or otherwise) do you see in your company, and how can you take advantage of them? * Are any of your competitors failing to do something important? If so, can you take advantage of their mistakes? * Is there a need in your company or industry that no one is filling? * Do your customers or vendors complain about something in your company? If so, could you create an opportunity by offering a solution? You might find useful opportunities in the following:
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