This is the 35th of a series of newsletters published on Business Management and Management Skills. Not all topics will apply to your business, but each section will be beneficial to establish company goals and objectives. By reading and studying these newsletter articles, you’re taking the first step in achieving your goals.

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Everyone has weaknesses. It’s extremely important that you objectively analyze your own individual weaknesses and determine how you can overcome them. Some of the more common weaknesses stated by managers include the following. Alternative actions or corrective measures are also listed.

Weakness: Spelling and Grammar.
Solution: Spell-checkers on computers, or writing tasks assigned to someone with better spelling and grammar skills.

Weakness: Immaturity.
Solution: Consciously developing a sense of maturity, improving problem-solving skills and decision-making, and increasing self-confidence.

Weakness: Temperamental.
Solution: Everyone has feelings, but make a concerted effort not to allow personal problems or feelings to affect decisions and performance on the job. Learn to develop patience. You have a responsibility to others to control your emotions.

Weakness: Can’t handle criticism.
Solution: Criticism given improperly often simulates personal attack and results in hard feelings and diminished self-confidence. Know the person who is providing the criticism. If you know the individual is concerned about you and your organization, try to accept constructive criticism graciously. Be open to self-improvement.

Weakness: Perfectionist.
Solution: A real stress-inducer. Perfection is an elusive quality. If you cannot easily change, try not to inflict this trait on others. Be fair and realistic in your dealings with others.

There are obviously many more areas that can be considered weaknesses in an individual. Rather than a rating for this area, take some time to make an objective list of those areas you feel you are weak in. Attempt to come up with alternatives or solutions to overcome these weaknesses. Be careful when you ask others for their appraisal of your weaknesses - you may receive more honesty than anticipated. Be prepared to handle it!

Mike Holt’s Comment: I would like to extend a special thank you to L.W. Brittian, a Mechanical & Electrical Instructor in Lott, Texas, for reviewing and editing the various articles in these newsletters. His comments and suggestions have been invaluable in the preparation of my Business Management and Management Skills’ Workbook. This newsletter article was extracted from that workbook. Watch for our next newsletter, and as always, we invite your comments and feedback. Send us your real-life experiences. We value your opinions and participation. Please respond to And… be sure to visit Mike Holt’s Website at

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