Jawwad Siddiqui

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  • Great post Jawwad.

    I agree that humans don’t quite know the mechanisms behind their strengths and weaknesses. I feel I’m a very creative person and after developing an idea, I’m sometimes asked “how did you do that?” and I don’t really know what to say. It just happens.

    There are tools such as HBDI (a critical test taken by all Queen’s MBAs prior to the program), MBTI, Strengths Finder, etc. that help identify skills and weaknesses, but I think the best learning takes place when you try to apply those skills.

    In doing so, you can see what works and what doesn’t, and if you’re lucky, will receive feedback from others. The most helpful feedback has always been from those who think differently from myself.

    For those unfamiliar with HBDI, a quick and dirty way of explaining the test is that your thinking style is assessed along 4 dimensions, represented by 4 colours:

    red (communication)
    yellow (creative)
    blue (analytical)
    green (organizational)

    I am an extremely high yellow and somewhat high red with very poor blue and green. It’s in working with blue and green people that I’ve been able to produce the best work.

    Know your strengths and weaknesses and partner with those who have complimentary skill sets and the world will see amazing things!

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