Some people say “work on fixing your weaknesses.” Others say “forget trying to fix your weaknesses, focus instead on really making your strengths shine.”

The former has us striving for an average between our strengths and weaknesses. The latter focuses on maximising our strengths. If we had limited time and resources, the latter potentially offers more return for investment.

When it comes to process or culture improvement, the question becomes one of how much to (forcefully?) change people’s behaviour – at the potentially high cost to morale; and how much to accommodate (and mitigate) the negative ingrain behaviours – with the time saved thus being made available to furthering the already-present strengths.

The same applies to a business. Do you work on maximising the strengths? Or trying to better the weaknesses?

What do you think? And why?