One of my co-workers gave everyone the book, Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath for Christmas. I found the subject of the book to be very interesting. Most of us are always trying to overcome or improve or weaknesses, rather than concentrate on our strengths. I’ve really never even given my strengths much thought. Even in the yearly personal evaluation at work, you discuss how you can improve the things you aren’t good at. Why would we want to try improve on something we are not? Wouldn’t it make more sense to hone in on our natural talents and abilities and be the best at those? They found that those people that were able to use their strengths at work were much happier and more productive. You are given a single access use code to take an online quiz that will find your top 5 strengths. You are only given 20 seconds to answer each of the 177 questions. They don’t want you to over analyze any question, just to answer with your knee jerk reaction. These were my strengths listed in order from highest to lowest. I feel fairly confident in these results.
“An Acheiver has a great deal of stamina and works hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.” If you know me, you know that I can’t stand to be bored. I even have a hard time sitting down long enough to watch a movie. It also says that because of this, I may be know to devote a lot of time and energy to my work and studies. I have been known to work more than 40 hours more often than not. And ever since I decided to go forward with my decision to start this blog, I have spent every waking moment on the weekends trying to figure this blog thing out. I don’t want to launch it until I have everything in place. It also says that having slackers in a group tries my patience! Ha ha! You’re dang right it does. If I’m working my tail off, I expect you to be doing the same. My husband asked if that was why I was always mad at him. Is he admitting to being a slacker?
At first when I saw the word “consistency” I thought, that has to be wrong! I like to think I’m a kind of go with the flow kind of gal. But then I read the description and it sounds more like me. Someone in the Consistency theme is very aware of the need to treat people the same. They do this by setting up clear rules and adhering to them. Balance is also very important in this theme, and keeping things fair. I do tend to get my panties in a wad when things are unfair. For anyone. I think this can be a very good strength to have in a business setting, if you are able to apply it.
My third strength was Learner. I most definitely agree with this one. I love to learn. I love the process of learning and get bored an a situation when I’m not learning. It says that learners continuously want to improve. If I’m not improving, I usually move on to something else! lol I think that’s why I like Crossfit so much because you can measure your improvements with new PR’s.
Next was Harmony. I’m surprised this wasn’t number 1! I HATE conflict and will do anything to stay away from it. I’m a grown woman and will cry if involved in conflict (even at work)! I have to wonder if it’s because I’m the oldest child. My oldest daughter is the same way. She maintains the harmony in our family and the peacemaker. I laughed when I saw this quote in the book: “Wouldn’t we all be more productive if we kept our opinions in check and instead looked for consensus and support?” YESSSSS!
Lastly was Input. People in this theme crave to know more (would this go with Learner?) and they like to collect things/info. I have always been a collector, for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I would collect stamps, rocks, cat figurines, to name a few. Now I collect spoons. We traveled so much when Gordon was in the military and I wanted to have a little piece of something from everywhere we visited. I decided that spoons were easy to find and could easily fit into my suitcase. Needless to say, I have a very large spoon collection.
All of my co-workers have been taking this quiz and it’s very interesting and enlightening to see their strengths. I think that’s why we all make a great team because when combined, we fill in all the gaps 🙂