Professional SuperPowers Bring Value

Your Professional Superpowers: From Interview to High Performance Team Player

The Power of Knowing Your Value

Heather Evans is a guide and coach for professionals looking to maximize their potential in both life and career. 

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel! – Maya Angelou

It’s happened to all of us: you’re in an interview and when they ask, “What are your three greatest strengths?”…you find yourself at a loss. Your resume is on the table with a detailed list of your accomplishments, so why is it so hard to answer this question? 

Many of us struggle to identify and communicate the value we bring to our work and our team. Some of us cringe at the thought of bragging about ourselves, or we might feel like we genuinely have nothing to say. Whatever the cause, learning to let go of this pattern of humility is critical to advancing your career. 

What Are Your Superpowers?

Your “superpowers” are the special skills and natural gifts that make you successful in what you do. The things you excel at might be effortless for you, but could be quite daunting for someone else. We tend to assign low value to the tasks that are easy in our eyes and higher value to the tasks that we find difficult, but your contributions are essential to the success of your team.

Your superpowers are the “golden threads” of your story, because they have a significant impact on who you are as a human being. The golden thread is what you want people to remember about you, and when you identify them, you gain a clear idea of your role in an organization or on a team, a better sense of your purpose, and a deeper understanding of your own value. When your golden thread comes through clearly, you take control of your story by boldly declaring the value of your work. 

High-performance teams are greater than the contributions of any one individual. 

Identifying your superpowers allows you to bring your highest value to your team. You can more clearly determine whether you should take on a task yourself or suggest another team member as a better match. Many of us feel like our value lies in how hard we are working, but this is a “limiting belief” that is not advancing your career, and could actually be holding you back quite a bit. Why should anyone have to work twice as hard at a task that someone else could accomplish easily? By making space for others to do what they are good at, you give them a chance to shine and you increase productivity for the team.

A team of people who know their superpowers is like a well-oiled machine: everyone understands where their strengths are needed. When you are clear about who you are for those around you, you gain confidence to step into your role without hesitation. This not only increases efficiency for your organization, but adds significant value for your customers. Let go of the desire to be a jack of all trades, and let your true strengths shine through in what you do best. Your superpowers are unique to you, and your team needs them in order to be successful.

How to Discover Your Superpowers:

It can be hard to discover our superpowers because they are so ingrained in our lives that we often take them for granted. So, consider your moments of success and achievement… what patterns or similarities connect these moments like a “golden thread’? 

Think of 3 different stories: a story from early in life that influenced who you are, a story of a time when you felt a deep sense of pride in an accomplishment, and a time when you encountered a difficult situation and overcame the adversity. Now, consider the following questions:

  1. Why was this important to you?
  2. What did you learn?
  3. What were you doing? What resulted from that experience? 

 

Now these become the foundation of your Superpowers. Connect with your leaders, mentors, peers and friends in this discussion to deepen your understanding.

 

At Catalyst of Awesomeness, we believe that organizations gain a competitive edge when their people are at their best in both their personal and professional lives. Our programs serve leaders at every level. We coach individuals to get clear about what they want, identify the value of their unique talents, and use those gifts to advance their careers. We guide leaders and their teams to find synergy with each other and build trust in a way that elevates their performance to a higher level. We support organizations through times of change and restructuring in a manner that empowers their personnel and adds value for their customers. 

 

Raw Resource Material:

 

High-performance teams know how to unite and create value that is greater than the sum of any one individual. How do they do it? They are clear on the value that every team member brings to team, they are confident sharing the success and failures. They celebrate the wins and learn together from the mistakes. The seek to understand vs looking for someone to blame. And they know how to bring out the best in each other and each person bring their superpowers forward. 

 

Are you ready to write a powerful team story?  Chapter one focuses on discovering the “I” to make the “we.” Every team story is made up of many characters.  Knowing how to lead and build on the strengths of each other accelerates performance, decreases inefficient activities, and maximizes customer engagements. Chapter one includes a process of  self-discovery to reveal each individual’s Superpowers and ‘kryptonite’. Superpowers are your unique  gifts which allow you to bring your highest value to work and others. It is the secret to your success.  Kryptonite triggers behaviors that take you off track. By writing your own story, you will understand  your unique gifts, how those gifts have influenced your success, and what will suit you in the future.  When we share our personal stories with our team, it sets the stage to engage with empathy and compassion. The characters of the team story begin to unfold, setting up the question of “Who can we be?” 

I feel like we need to introduce the next chapters. But not this much information. 

 

Chapter 1: The Duet: Who Can We Be? Knowing the characters of the team story, we begin to explore the question of “Who can we be” together and how these characters will begin to shape success in the future. High-performance teams  have a clearly defined vision of success. Knowing who they are for each other allows them to make the  commitments that drive that future success. Your beliefs as a team create the stories you tell. When the  team aligns to the vision, the story of “who we can be” and “what is possible” inspires and guides a bias  for action. 

 

Here are the links to the Superpowers videos.

 

Claim Your Superpowers, Elevate your Team Value 

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never  forget how you made them feel! – Maya Angelou 

Superpowers 

Your unique gifts that allow you to bring your highest value to work and others. It is the secret to your  success. A superpower can sometimes be difficult for us to identify because they are so natural, that  you do it without thinking (unconsciously). So as you begin your discovery process, you will know you  have found it when you say, “That can’t be it! That is too easy.” When fully realized, your superpower  provides tremendous benefit to you and those you serve. 

Defining your superpowers is about digging deep. It is easy to start with a broad category like innova tor, creator, strategist, leader, coach… In this space, there is an experience that you create resulting in  a special way you make people feel. Through this gift you and those you serve are able to achieve or  accomplish something valuable. When you are in this space what differentiates you from others? How do you do it differently? Dig deep and make it personal. 

 

Super powers help you be clear on what you 

 

Examples of SuperPowers 

  • Unleash New Possibilities 
  • Simplify the complex 
  • Make the Unseen Seen 
  • Listen and Lift

Creating Calm in the Chaos

 

The I in the team… check out this video. 

When we know our Superpowers we know how to bring our highest value to the team. We know what to say yes too and what to say no too. I often see people, especially women, define their value on how hard they work and how much they can do. Not only is this exhausting doing work that is not in your zone, you are depriving someone with those talents the ability to bring their gifts and bring value. 

Blog 2: Offering Journey of Discovery 

We discover ourselves through the eyes of others and the exploration of our past experiences, so to  identify and claim your superpowers you will participate in two activities. 

Activity One + Activity Two = Superpowers 

The first activity is to help you see how fabulous you are in the eyes of others. The second is to dive  into some of your previous experiences that have made an influence on you and others. 

Send a text to at least 10 people and ask them, “If I was a brand, what would it be?” You will want to  include personal and professional contacts because your gifts are experienced by everybody. Embrace  the adjectives and look or the feeling that you create in others, it is what sets you apart. 

Note: The beauty of this exercise is that people will interpret “brand” in different ways. Some may respond  with Nike, “Just Do It” while others will give their description of their experience with you. Both are perfect as they share different perspectives. 

Activity Two: Identify Your Stories of Success 

Time to reflect on your stories of success. Journal about a time where you had a real challenge. What allowed you to be successful in this situation? What was important to you, what aha’s were emerging during the story, and then the superpower questions.

 

The power of knowing your value: How we use our super powers: 

The Duet: Who Can We Be? 

Knowing the characters of the team story, we begin to explore the question of “Who can we be” to gether and how these characters will begin to shape success in the future. High-performance teams  have a clearly defined vision of success. Knowing who they are for each other allows them to make the  commitments that drive that future success. Your beliefs as a team create the stories you tell. When the  team aligns to the vision, the story of “who we can be” and “what is possible” inspires and guides a bias  

Link to Charles Davis Singing What a Wonderful World. (We can use this video and I have it without the Chicago Welcome)

Link to Live Interview with Charles Davis (We can not use this video but it will give you an Idea of what the environment looked like)

 

Chapter 2: The Duet

Bringing the best out in each other

Outputs 

  • Build Synergies “Live by Vision and Execute on the Mission” How we are wired individually and connect to how we bring our individuality to bring out the best in each other.
  • Connect in how we work together to bring the Vision and Mission to Life. Understand the New Ways Of Working together in the new model and build our charter to empower our movement forward 
  • Feel Connected and Inspired to the Vision and Mission. Create synergies around what is possible for the Chicago ecosystem impact. 
  • Think creatively around what is possible. Be innovative with ideas around what they know about the market 
  • Do. How do we bring our individuality to work synergistically to to live our CMG Vision and how to do we align to our mission to deliver better impact internally and externally 

Bozwell Interview

Bozwell Everything is Going to be Alright

 

Chapter 3 – The Ensemble Chuck Levell (Key Boardist & Band Director for the Rolling Stones)

Creating impact & an enterprise mindset

Outputs:

  • Build the foundational Components of our Culture
  • Feel Clear about the actions that will influence or behaviors and action
  • Think about their role in designing and bring to life the culture
  • Do. Identify the commitee and connect to building the plan.
  • Cultural Design Gallery Walk – (1) Comms (2) Development, (3) Wellbeing/fun/recognition, (4) Customer Engagement  (5) D&I HDs facilitate the discussion and coaches capture notes and listening for language/probing for deeper understanding.

 

Recorded Interview with Chuck Leavell (We can use this video)

Live Interview with Chuck Leavell (We can not use this video but it will give you an Idea of what the environment looked like)

Chuck Leavell Live Interview – Long (We can use both of these and can choose to spilt them into smaller)

Chuck Leavell Live Interview Short

 

 

 

Chapter 4:  The Band

Coming together to bring our mission to life.

Outputs:

  • Engage external team members and invite them into the ecosytem to discuss business planning and partnership
  • Feel empowered to engage with customers and the business in new ways
  • Think about business planning and strategies that engage the broader team on behalf of the patients
  • Do. Take action on business planning that improves healthcare and patients care

 

We need asimilar blog that focuses on “Know Your Superpowers, Choose Your Career” 

Telling the story see video here

 

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