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October 2019
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Celebrating the Whole You

Posted by: Trudy Bailey, Capp


I have spent many years working with Realise2, Capp’s strengths identification tool which includes weaknesses. It still frustrates me a little how slow the journey can be, for some people to accept their weaknesses, mitigate them and move on. In this blog, I share some reflections that might help your weaknesses sit more comfortably with you.


What’s the real story?


In my experience, if you resonate with your Realise2 weakness, it is very likely something that has been with you for some time and possibly tripped you up at some point. With our 4M Model we recommend you Minimise it, which means: don’t use it; ask others to support you; and focus on the outcome, delivering this with your strengths.


My Adherence weakness is here to stay (along with most of the UK!) and I work around it. I know who to call on, when to own it and how I can use my strengths of Pride and Order to support me in overcoming it.


Too hard on yourself?


Perhaps others around you do this better than you, so you have been particularly hard on yourself. Personally, Scribe is one for me that pops up in this category. I’m surrounded by people with PhDs and so occasionally feel that my talent in this area needs more of a polish. 


Revisit your weakness and gather your evidence of when you have done this well before. And choose your comparisons carefully!




Sometimes I coach people where they feel one of their strengths has appeared as a weakness (in Realise2). This usually is a sign something simply isn’t working for them in this area. Perhaps it is the way they are using it, or they are not using it at all.


Help others to see when they have been successful in this before. What constraints exist around the weakness currently ? See if you  can find ways to release more energy into these tasks.


Be Realistic


If you were to rate the impact of your weakness that you felt you needed to work on, how critical would it be? Asking clients to do this can immediately eliminate that need to ‘fix’ it by being realistic in terms of how it is really impacting their role. The need to be perfect sometimes raises its head in places it doesn’t need to.


And, even better, revealing weaknesses can be extremely positive:


  • Weaknesses help us build trust with others. According to Goffee & Jones in Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? if we reveal our weaknesses we become more human and attractive to others.
  • It also helps highlight your team’s strengths. Often, when you delegate your weakness to others, you open up opportunities for them to take on responsibility for tasks that allow their strengths to shine through.


So, what are you waiting for? Delegate and be proud to have a couple of things you don’t do so well! After all, none of us is perfect…


Contact to understand how Realise2 can support you, your teams, managers and leaders.


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Realise2 – Capp’s Leading Edge Strengths Assessment and Development Tool

Posted by: Alex Linley


As many readers of The Capp Blog will know, Realise2 is Capp’s leading edge strengths assessment and development tool. It works by assessing 60 different strengths according to the three dimensions of performance, energy and use.


The results are then combined to determine where each attribute falls, into one of the four quadrants of the Realise2 4M Model, which are:


Realised strengths – high energy, high performance, high use


Unrealised strengths – high energy, high performance, lower use


Learned behaviours – lower energy, high performance, variable use


Weaknesses – lower energy, lower performance, variable use.


The 4 “Ms” of the Realise2 4M Model describe the advice that applies for optimal performance and development in each of these quadrants:


Marshal realised strengths – use them appropriately for your situation and context


Maximise unrealised strengths – find opportunities to use them more


Moderate learned behaviours – use them in moderation and only when you need to


Minimise weaknesses – use them as little as possible and only where necessary.


With over 50,000  people having now taken Realise2, here at Capp we have a wealth of experience and insight into how people use the Realise2 4M Model in practice, as well as the different strengths dynamics, interplays and combinations that come about. Most important of all, we know what these mean and the impact they have for you when it matters.


To share these insights and experiences with you, our loyal readers of The Capp Blog, we will be showcasing some of our most intriguing experiences and insights of Realise2 with you in an occasional series of forthcoming blogs.


If you’re not familiar with Realise2, you can find out more about the tool, including sample reports and purchase options, from the Realise2 website.


Watch this space for future insights, tips and techniques on Realise2, and let us know if you have areas of particular interest that you would like us to cover. Post your question or comment in the Comment section below.



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