Thursday, May 11, 2006

Your Personal S.W.O.T. Analysis

Anyone who's been through an MBA program knows about the "vaunted" S.W.O.T. analysis - but it really is a quick and easy way to get an overview of what's going on inside and outside an organization that's likely to affect (or is affecting) its ongoing success.

But did you knowthat you can also use the S.W.O.T. as a self-analysis tool, too? Here's how:

Take out a clean sheet of paper and draw the following 2x2 matrix:

Now, spend no more than 20 minutes total (5 minutes per cell) competing your personal S.W.O.T. analysis, based on the following definitions:

  • My Strengths - Your personal/professional talents, skills, and abilities
  • My Weaknesses - Your own personal/professional limitations, dislikes, and soft-spots
  • My Opportunities - The things that (and people who) motivate, inspire, and empower you.
  • My Threats - The things that (and people who) frighten, unnerve, and discombobulate you.

Evaluate your conclusions; Tweak your life as necessary.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


Internal positive aspects that are under control and upon which you may capitalize in planning

* ·Work Experience
* ·Education, including value-added features
* ·Strong technical knowledge within your field (e.g. hardware, software, programming languages)
* ·Specific transferable skills, e.g., communication, teamwork, leadership skills

Communication: Speaking effectively

* Writing concisely
* Listening attentively
* Expressing ideas

Research and Planning: Creating ideas ; Gathering information; Solving problems ; Setting goals ; Analyzing

Human Relations: Developing rapport

* Being Sensitive
* Listening
* Conveying feelings
* Providing support for others
* Motivating

Sharing credit Organization, Management and Leadership: Initiating new ideas; Handling details

Coordinating tasks Work Survival: Being punctual

* Managing time
* Attending to detail
* Meeting goals
* Enlisting help
* Accepting responsibility
* Setting and meeting deadlines
* Organizing
* Making decisions.
o Personal characteristics (e.g., strong work ethic, self-discipline, ability to work under pressure, creativity, optimism, or a high level of energy
o Good contacts/successful networking
o Interaction with professional organizations


Internal negative aspects that are under your control and that you may plan to improve

* Lack of Work Experience
* Low GPA, wrong major
* Lack of goals, lack of self-knowledge, lack of specific job knowledge
* Weak technical knowledge
* Weak skills (leadership, interpersonal, communication, teamwork)
* Weak job-hunting skills
* Negative personal characteristics (e.g., poor work ethic, lack of discipline, lack of motivation, indecisiveness, shyness, too emotional


Positive external conditions that you do not control but of which you can plan to take advantage

Positive trends in your field that will create more jobs (e.g., growth, globalization, technological advances)

* Opportunities you could have in the field by enhancing your education
* Field is particularly in need of your set of skills
* Opportunities you could have through greater self-knowledge, more specific job goals
* Opportunities for advancement in your field
* Opportunities for professional development in your field
* Career path you've chosen provides unique opportunities
* Geography
* Strong network


Negative external conditions that you do not control but the effect of which you may be able to lessen

* Negative trends in your field that diminish jobs (downsizing, obsolescence)
* Competition from your cohort of college graduates
* Competitors with superior skills, experience, knowledge
* Competitors with better job-hunting skills than you
* Competitors who went to schools with better reputations.
* Obstacles in your way (e.g., lack of the advanced education/training you need to take advantage of opportunities)
* Limited advancement in your field, advancement is cut-throat and competitive
* Limited professional development in your field, so it's hard to stay marketable
* Companies are not hiring people with your major/degree

Sunday, December 9, 2007 9:53:00 PM CST  
Blogger marion said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Friday, January 8, 2010 10:39:00 PM CST  

Post a Comment

<< Home