To: Date: 13/6/13
Strengths and weaknesses
I have a number of key strengths that are contributive to working as a competent manager. I have sound logic, am diplomatic and disciplined and approach social situations with an open mind and an eagerness to understand. While all of these are personal traits, undoubtedly they are ever present in my working life. Each of these traits, in my opinion, allows me to make a balanced assessment of a multitude of situations. There are, of course, a few areas that I need to develop which will also hone the skills that I already possess. I will now outline the specific areas of my strengths and weaknesses.
People Managenent is one of my strongest abilities and one that I have the a real talent for. I love working with people and enjoy the challenge of judging whose skills are best suited to different aspects of the job.
• Accomplished Team Leader - When working within a team I naturally have authority and take control so that the group works efficiently and effectively.
• Diplomacy - I work successfully in a managerial role because I apply logic and reason to situations as well as maintaining balance. When talking, it is important to be considerate, consistant and concise as well as clear. I believe the key to making swift progress is in ensuring that people understand you as quickly as possible.
• Versatility - When faced with a challenging situation I have the ability to change my style of management according to the particular member of staff's way of working.
• Presence - I am told that I naturally have an air of authority and leadership. I am very direct and will not hide what I am trying to convey.
• Working with large numbers - I have a lack of experience in managing a lot of people. I am eager to accept the challenge, and understand that it is a matter of confidence that determines how effective and influential I can be to a team of staff.
• Motivation - I am looking to develop my motivational skills in new and efficient ways. I am already highly self-motivated but recognise that my technique might not be as successful with other members of staff.
• Accepting too many tasks - I am prone to taking on more work for myself than is necessary and often find afterwards that simply delegating them would save me having to go back over my own work.
In my opinion, this is a skill that requires attention to detail as well as discipline and is a key factor in maximising commercial success. This is my weakest area as a manager and so naturally it is the one that I have most desire to improve.
• Methodical - I have a logical mind that works systematically. There are rules and guidelines that must be considered when approaching a task in Visual Merchandising. When faced with a specific set of instructions such as these, I am able to process information much more quickly and easily.
• Commercialism - I have a strong understanding that Visual Merchandising is paramount when striving for commercial success. I am good at sourcing information that enables me to construct an effective wall (or area of the store) as potentially profitable as possible.
• Problem solving - Speaking from previous experience, remerchandising a wall can be a challenge. You have to consider each of the factors that are presented to you and then arrange them so that they both balance and compliment one another. I find that the best solution is 'Trial and Error' because you can see multiple possibilities before deciding on the final, and most appealing, combination.
• Creativity - Although my background in the Arts industry is a real advantage when...
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