Feb 11 – Use Your Unique Strengths

When 75% of the population is not working in their areas of strength, when you learn how to do this, your career can soar.

When 75% of the population is not working in their areas of strength, when you learn how to do this, your career can soar.

Cheetah Certified Project Manager (CCPM) Tip of the Day

February 11 – You are of most service to others when you use your innate strengths.


Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP

Are you 100% happy with your career? Do you think you are working in the area of life where you are making the most significant contribution possible? Or do you often wonder, even if you worked your tail off to get to where you are, if you are on the right path for you? I was faced with some gut-wrenching decisions in the early 90’s. I had spent 12 years in the pursuit of becoming and being an Aerospace Engineer, yet it did not feel like the right profession for me. It was quite an arduous path – one that I had devoted my life to in my 20’s. This was a decade that many of my peers were enjoying traveling the world, or taking jobs in exciting places in remote locations. But I had my nose to the grindstone. I wanted to live my life differently in ways that were more fulfilling for me where I felt at the end of the day, yes, I made a significant contribution. Twelve years into this path, I was not happy with my career as an Aerospace Engineer.

A friend recommended I check out the book “Do What You Are – Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type.” I realized that I was more suited to be a teacher and an entrepreneur rather than an Aerospace Engineer. What I realized is this is a normal stage of adult development, as the career that gave me satisfaction when I was younger wouldn’t necessarily create satisfaction as I got older. It took me another 8 years to change my career and form Cheetah Learning. Based on what I learned in the “Do What You Are” book, I partnered with the authors to create personality-based education. So when you take the Cheetah Certified Project Manager (CCPM) program, you learn how to use your personality to learn better, do projects better, and negotiate better. You learn how, in the pursuit of being uniquely you, you create the most value for everyone else.

What is so exciting about the CCPM program is that it’s really needed, RIGHT NOW. According to a Gallup Poll, 75% of Americans are working in jobs where they are not using their strengths. Talk about a demoralizing state of affairs in our country. We hired an independent analyst to study Cheetah’s Corporate Clients over the past decade, who found that 90% of them were able to increase both their revenue and their profits within one year of putting their people through Cheetah’s programs. It takes people to do projects and it takes people who know how to best leverage their unique strengths to make significant headway for the organizations they serve. Considering that, according to a UCLA study, 90% of people are significantly dissatisfied with their internal project management education, it makes sense to become a Cheetah Certified Project Manager (CCPM). Find out just how far you can take your career and your organization.

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