Posts Tagged ‘strengths’

StrengthsFinder 2.0

Friday, April 10th, 2009

strengthsfinder 2.0I purchased StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath so I could take the StrengthsFinder assessment that Gallup put together.  In the back of the book is a code that can be used to gain access to the StrengthsFinder assessment.  The assessment is a series of nearly 200 questions that you answer on the strengthsfinder.com website.  Each question must be answered within 20 seconds so you don’t overthink the question.  As soon as you answer the last question, the site calculates your top five potential strengths and describes each.  Marcus Buckingham describes the importance of strengths testing and awareness very well in his book, Now, Discover Your Strengths, but I like the updated testing that Roth’s book gives access to.

Here are my top five talents according to the testing:

1.  Relator

2.  Analytical

3.  Discipline

4.  Focus

5.  Futuristic

So it seems that I have some answers to questions I’ve been asking.  Next I’ll be digging into each of these potentials to strengthen and capitalize on my innate talents.

Discover Your Strengths

Monday, April 6th, 2009

I’m still on my quest to find what I’m good at.

Find Your Strengths

One of the gurus on identifying and capitalizing on strengths is Marcus Buckingham.  I especially enjoy this clip of Marcus speaking to a group of Yahoo employees.   I love the British accent and dry humor…humour.  I am currently working my way through Buckingham’s Now Discover Your Strengths.   No surprise to see Analytical at the top of my strengths list.

What Does THAT Mean

One of my strengths that Marcus helped me better understand was “people skills”.  Several people told me I have interpersonal skills.  (I think that’s like “nice personality”–when you don’t want to say someone is ugly.)  😉  Anyway, Marcus points out the different types of personal skills.  While I’m not innately gifted at walking up to strangers and kicking off a conversation, I do have some strength at gaining trust and working well with people after the connection is formed.

I’ll be finishing the book soon and will post the rest of my ramblings on this topic post haste.  What are your strengths?