The deficiency perspective that believes that focusing on weaknesses is the key to success is a mechanical model that certainly applies to mechanical rather than living systems. One of the hallmark metaphors of this school of thought is that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. This is an accurate depiction in chains as mechanical systems. In living systems, success is measured in characteristics of smart. The system is as smart as its smartest members because intelligence is shared. This forms the foundation of a strengths-based system and has important implications for how we structure conversations and interactions. Living systems thrive because of communication of strengths.