Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Strengths Finder 2.0

Prior to our weekend at the lake with my family, each of us bought the book Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath and took a quiz to discover our top 5 strengths. As humans we are continually trying to grow and improve ourselves and we often focus on our weaknesses and how to make those better but we should also seek to figure out what our strengths are to better refine those as well right?

We sat around the living room on Friday night and each time we went around the circle, we'd read one of our strengths and the description. Then other people in the room who also had that strength in their top 5 raised their hand and read their description. Just because you have the same strength as someone does not mean that you act upon it in the same ways. It was really interesting because my dad and I had several of the same strengths but the descriptions of them were different and individualized.

Here are my top 5 strengths and a tidbit about each one:
1. Communication - "People who are especially talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters. Because of your strengths, you delight others with your stories and adventurous tales. You are a natural conversationalist."

2. Discipline - "People who are especially talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create. You might trust processes that yield precise outcomes time after time. Perhaps you like designing structured and clear directions for particular tasks. Possibly the level of detail you put into your work or studies mirrors how organized and meticulous you are. Chances are good that you may feel a bit distracted or inefficient when your environment is in disarray. Driven by your talents, you are a natural tactician. You anticipate what needs to be done. Usually you create an action plan to reach your goal. You outline the steps and establish the timelines. Then you execute your plan with precision."

3. Empathy - "People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations. By nature, you may be attuned to the full gamut of human feelings. If your own or someone else’s life becomes emotionally barren, perhaps you search for people or activities to fill the void. Instinctively, you now and then boost some people’s spirits by bringing up a key point they shared with you."

4. Woo - "People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person. Chances are good that you may allow yourself to become emotionally attached to people. You might see the good in individuals and choose to overlook their flaws or mistakes. Perhaps the fondness you show toward others endears you to many of them. It’s very likely that you unquestionably change the topic when people are having difficulty talking with one another. You usually bring newcomers or outsiders together by sharing your ideas, telling stories, or reenacting humorous incidents."

5. Harmony - "People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement. By nature, you may strive to be a dependable person. Maybe you please people by being reliable. You might enjoy assuming accountability for certain tasks, projects, assignments, or commitments. Perhaps you accept these additional duties without making a fuss. Driven by your talents, you may appreciate experts who assure you that your thinking is sound, your actions are correct, or your behavior is appropriate."

It was really interesting to learn more about each family member's strengths, especially Hubby. We didn't have any strengths in common (we knew we wouldn't - opposites attract!) but in the "Application" section of the report we each had statements that said "partner with someone with (insert strength here)" and we both had each others' strengths were listed as someone we should share a partnership.

I'd recommend doing this with your family or friends. It makes for interesting conversation and it's a fun way to learn more about people. The only bummer is you have to have a code to take the Strengths Finder quiz and each code only works once so each person who is going to participate has to buy a copy of the book. Well played Tom Rath. It's worth it though. (Update: I had someone comment and say that you don't have to buy the book to take the quiz, you can take it at the Gallup Strengths Center. I haven't tried it but that's awesome if it works!) In addition to learning about more about my family, I loved learning more about my own personal strengths. I feel like I know myself a little better now.

This is not a sponsored blog post. I have not been nor will I be compensated in any way by Tom Rath or Gallup. I just thought this was a fun, interesting activity and wanted to share it. 


Scott said...

Hi there Mrs. Kee! Enjoyed your post about the StrengthsFinder. You have a good balance of influencing and relationship building strengths, with the discipline to help get you to the finish line. Just so you know, you dont have to buy the book to take the test. You can take it at the Gallup Strengths Center ( Instant gratification!

Competition, Includer, Futuristic, Achiever, Self-Assurance said...

it says you need a code on the site so not sure where this test actually is?