The SWOT analysis is a useful tool for identifying our personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to our plans and goals. According to a “Fuel My Motivation” article (2010), this analysis considers internal influences that can positively or negatively affect our ability to achieve our goals. The internal factors are our strengths and weaknesses. Also considered are opportunities and threats, which are external influences that can have a positive or negative impact on the ability to achieve our goals. I will share how the self-assessment instruments and self-exercises in this course have contributed to assessing and understanding my strengths and weaknesses. I will also discuss techniques I will use to leverage my strengths and understand my weaknesses. In addition, I will consider opportunities that I can take advantage of and the threats that can possibly impede my progress.
Through the self-assessment instruments utilized in this program, I have gained wealth of knowledge about my strengths, and weaknesses and how they affect my personal and professional life. By using different exercises, I recognized new strengths and weaknesses. At the same time, I identified ways to develop my strengths and overcome my weaknesses. The Kolb Learning Style Inventory (LSI) identified some of my strengths as the ability to get things done, initiating, and taking risks (Kolb, 2007). In the Strongest Self Feedback Exercise, some of the feedback listed my strengths as having excellent interpersonal and communication skills, being self-confident, a fast learner, determined, hardworking, and an awesome listener (Drucker, 2005).
A previous manager praised me for having a versatile communication style. He liked the fact that I am at ease when talking to anyone, from the administrative support to the CEO of a company. As an excellent communicator, I have the ability to listen. I love to talk, but when someone is talking to me, I do my best to give the person my full attention. If I misunderstand
what the person is saying, I restate it for clarification. Osland, Turner, Kolb, and Rubin (2007), noted that, by consistently listening to a speaker you communicate the idea that you are interested in the person and that what they are saying is important.
I have always been confident in my ability to get things done. When I set goals, I know that with determination and hard work I will succeed. Completing my degree is a goal I am determined to achieve. I am working hard and will achieve my goal next year. I am a fast learner; in my career as a consultant there was many times that I had to teach myself new products. When a customer needed, new products configured and installed before there was a formal training class, I would teach myself configure the product, then train the customer. According to Kolb’s LSI assessment, I am a “hands on” learner so it makes sense that I was able to be successful training others and myself.