Conduct A Personal SWOT Analysis



What does it take to become a Marvelous Manager and a Successful Supervisor?


A manager is an employee who has been assigned specific duties and responsibilities to lead tasks, departments, and/or employees. Managers have diverse duties and job responsibilities for people and functions which can vary from company to company.


Business Dictionary defines supervisor as a person in the first-line management who monitors and regulates employees in their performance of assigned or delegated tasks. Supervisors are usually authorized to recommend and/or effect hiring, disciplining, promoting, punishing, rewarding, and other associated activities regarding the employees in their departments.

Managers/Supervisors are generally responsible for setting objectives, staffing, communicating information, managing resources, ensuring quality work, improving processes, and removing barriers to success. Rather than telling people how to work, a good manager/supervisor serves works with employees and provides the guidance and support needed be successful.


As you consider the specific roles and responsibilities you are tasked with in your organization, you will want to have a method to evaluate yourself and map out your professional future outside of the traditional annual performance review.  One strategy that you may want to consider is a personal SWOT analysis.  A SWOT analysis is a planning process that allows you (or your company) to leverage your skills, overcome challenges and determine new directions. SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.  Strengths and weaknesses are often internal to you (or your company), while opportunities and threats generally relate to external influences.  Utilizing the SWOT framework in self-evaluation allows you to draft a solid plan for your professional growth while also distinguishing yourself in your industry.


Sample questions that you may ask yourself for each category include:


  • What do you do better than anyone else?
  • What do people in your market see as your strengths?



  • What are people in your company/industry likely to see as weaknesses?
  • What barriers are preventing you from reaching your current goals?



  • What new trends are emerging?
  • Is the perception of your performance positive?



  • Are there new quality standards or licenses for your industry?
  • Is new technology changing your job?



I utilize the SWOT method as an essential component of professional portfolio development. A professional portfolio is an organized collection of documents that showcases your abilities and relevant career skills, chronicles your professional path, and provides guidance for your next professional steps. A professional portfolio is a valuable tool in any situation where you want to make a strong impression, provide proof of your value, and differentiate yourself from your competition. A career portfolio can be used on a job interview, when seeking a promotion or salary increase, during a performance review, and when pitching a new client.

Conduct me for support in developing your career portfolio.






Nicki Sanders, MSW, is a travel and cupcake lover with a passion for self-discovery and career advancement. She has a strong background in developing and managing interns and successful internship programs. She is an accomplished manager, professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has packaged her Master of Social Work degree and 20 years of diverse work experience into Packaged For Success Enterprises, a full service training and professional development company.

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