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Daneen Skube

Build your career around your strengths

Q. I have a highly detailed job and believe I am more of a big picture kind of guy. I consistently make errors in detailed projects even when I try hard to be perfect. My boss thinks I am being sloppy, but I just can't seem to spot these mistakes. Can you give me guidance about how to do better in my work?

A. Yes, right now you are a big picture square peg trying mightily to fit into a detailed round hole. People really do have inherent strengths and weaknesses. A good career plays to our strengths rather than requiring our weaknesses to change.

My favorite personality inventory is the Myers-Briggs Type indicator. On the test there is one dimension that measures whether you...