Tribal Thoughts: Your biggest strengths can also be your biggest weaknesses.

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy

Unlike many companies who encourage their employees to work on improving their shortcomings, 616 takes the exact opposite approach by choosing to operate in our strengths. This means that we gauge our personal strengths by taking the StrengthsFinder assessment, in which its creators have discovered that people have several times more potential for growth by operating under this model. Following, we learn how to collaborate with one another based upon these individual aptitudes.

Fatefully enough, my top strength is ‘Strategic’, which emphasizes the quality of examining the past and discovering why certain things transpired based upon that. “Mindful of these patterns, you play out alternative scenarios, always asking ‘What if this happened? Okay, well what if this happened?’ ” (strengthsfinder 2.0).

While I appreciate my mind’s ceaseless ability to analyze the past all in the hopes of creating a better future, it often stays there longer than it should.

I have drawn a considerable amount of sunshine out of many of my days by focusing on something I previously did wrong, or could have possibly done better. Undoubtedly, this never has been able to change the outcome of the former events, nor will it ever be able to in the future. While it is important to realize mistakes that had been made, do not dwell on them – learn from them. You have control over constructing a brighter future for yourself, but not a better past.

With all that being said, it is very important to find people that balance out your strengths – professionally and personally. After all, your biggest strengths can also be your biggest weaknesses. I refuse to miss out on the future due to my inclination to analyze the past.

– jenna



by Jenna Morton

While Jenna Morton’s official title at 616 is that of Office Manager, her role encompasses much more. Beyond providing critical administrative support to the Tribe, Jenna leverages her creative talents to support 616’s marketing department. She is also Resident Liaison for 616 Lofts at the Kendall, where Jenna and her two feline roommates have made their home.



Want our weekly Tribal Thoughts emailed directly to you? Click here. 

Tribal Thoughts: Change your thoughts and change your world

What things inspire you to be a better person, spouse and employee?

Can these inspirations lead to a better understanding of your place in the community?

How can you use your knowledge and experience to benefit your current situation, and how do you continue to learn and grow?

These are the questions that have been running through my mind over the past year—a time of reflection and growth. I had experienced a variety of clashing emotions and had to talk myself into seeing the glass half-full many times.

One thing I know about myself is that I am a goal setter who is not afraid of doing whatever it takes to accomplish the task. This doesn’t mean that I will step on someone’s back to get there. A better choice is to use an internal pep talk. That can take many forms, for example:

Lead by example.

Optimism and creativity build strong foundations.

There is a bright side to every situation.

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

Helping and mentoring others is a necessary and selfless act that only improves when it is returned.

Doing something positive for another person creates immediate gratification.

When others see the passion and love of life you possess, it radiates.

By having these internal conversations, you will continue to evolve as a person, and that evolution will be seen and felt by your peers. It is contagious and it creates community.

 – chantele

616 Development 10-10-13

Chantele was born and raised in Portland Oregon, a city with many comparisons to Grand Rapids. After spending some time in Chicago, she moved to West Michigan and has spent the past 15 years working in property management and investment real estate in Grand Rapids. 

Chantele has 2 grown daughters, and lives with her husband and a spoiled cat in Byron Center.