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Push your strengths or kill your weaknesses?!

Hi everyone - not sure if this is the right group or if that title is even right but I really would love to hear your opinion about something that made me think the whole weekend!

In Germany in jobs (especially in SME) HR always looks for the "Eierlegende Wollmilchsau" (translation would be: A pig giving wool, milk and also eggs - aka a multifunctional tool). This is what I call part of the super optimization that already starts in school - you have to good in everything - languages, math, sports, .... 

And in my opinion I think that's not good, had a talk with a friend who did some coaching with a coach from US who said to her: "Work on things you are good at and don't use too much power on your weaknesses!" Imho this makes a lot more sense... 

This is where I see another problem - grades, certifications sometimes count more than soft skills. That's what you get in my opinion when trying to optimize in everything, you get middle well in everything but not really good at something - but it's easier to make career. 

Of course you always have to work on yourself, but when I want a team, I want a team of specialists and not a team of people who are middle class at everything. 

Had a long, long discussion with my wife over the weekend and please feel free to share how your experiences are. What do you think? 

1 comment

Kat Marketplace Partner Dec 07, 2020

The best performing teams I have worked with are where individual differences are acknowledged, supported and utilised to the benefit of the group. While it is important to have a shared understanding and base level knowledge in relevant domains - a team gets a lot more achieved when people can use their strengths to meet team objectives and up-skill the rest of the team.

This can lead to situations where there are single-points-of-failure if tasks are too often assigned only by expertise and knowledge sharing is not embedded as standard practice. I know of some organisations that avoid this risk by wanting teams to be made up of similar people.


Recruiting great people is challenging just like finding great jobs. The bias towards certifications etc is because they can be easily identified in application forms and meetings whereas soft skills are not easily verified even in interviews.

Like Fabienne Gerhard likes this

Thanks for sharing your experiences @Kat 

You are totally right in everything! 


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