As CEO from from 1984 to 2005, Michael Eisner was Disney’s idea guy. He was enthusiastic and creative. He always had detailed visionary concepts, but he wasn’t so good at theminimize a weakness and play to your strengths implementation of the ideas, the business end of things. He depended on Frank Wells for that. Frank did the numbers, investments, and time frames. He probably didn’t have an artistic bone in his body. Together, the two are responsible for retaining the original vision of Disney, and making it the entertainment empire that it has become.

Weaknesses are not necessarily bad. We all have them. While it is not a bad thing to improve your weaknesses, it is even better to exploit your strengths. Think of what might have happened had Eisner spend his life crunching numbers in a dark business office; the magic of Disney would have taken a back seat!

Have someone who is strong where you are weak perform the job. They’ll do better at it.

Knowing how to accommodate your weaknesses is the key. In fact, many weaknesses can even be turned into strengths, just by a simple change of focus.

For instance:

Strength:   I am a fast worker, but I try to just pay attention to my own work and not be concerned with anyone else.

Strength:   I am a hard worker; I have learned to just let others do their thing and I do mine

Strength: I get along well with others, but I have to be careful not to take on more than I can handle.

Strength: But I have learned that it is better if you do things right away. I have gotten in the habit of making a “to do” list to be sure that everything gets done.

What are your weaknesses and how can you reframe them into strengths? Who can you get to compensate for what you aren't so great at?