I recently read an article (can't remember where) that gave tips on how to start your own business and one of the steps was to make a list of things you are good at/talents you have. So I sat down and began to make my list. It was a very good exercise. I decided to ask my three daughters what they thought I was good at as well. Boy was that interesting. Good thing I can laugh at myself. According to their assessment, I could make millions washing dishes and doing laundry. Anyway, I decided to take this concept to the office. I asked every member of my staff to make a list of what they thought each person in the office was good at, including themselves. I then compiled the results.
I just completed staff reviews last week and one of the items I presented was the list of things they were good at, composed by their peers. When the list was presented to each one, a smile came across their face and I think their self esteem had a big boost that day.
The point is that it is human nature to want to be liked and admired by your friends, family and co-workers. Sometimes the stress and rapid pace we try to keep up with brings out the negative side of our personalities and we only see the faults in each other. When you focus on the positive attributes and talents that we each have, the flaws don't seem to carry as much weight.