Friday, August 5, 2011
are you strong? do you know how you are strong? i'm not asking how much you can bench or if you could take me out all "over the top" style in an arm wrestling match. what i'm asking is if you know what your strengths are as an individual....and if you don't....would you like to know?
recently i starting reading a book (gasp!) called strengths finder 2.0 by tom rath. the book comes with a sealed envelope and inside that envelope is a unique code. you go to www.strengthsfinder.com and enter the code and that leads you to a series of questions that in the end will give you what the author thinks are your top 5 strengths.
well....i was super interested in seeing how wrong this tom guy was. so, i did it. once i had my list of strengths, the book describes in detail how these particular strengths play out in real life. what they look like, how they manifest, how individuals with a particular strength can effectively work with individuals of a different strength....really interesting stuff....or at least to me. again, i'm a geek. so, do you wanna know my strengths?
2. responsibility-the responsibility theme forces me to take mental ownership of anything i commit to, large or small, and then binds me emotionally to follow through to completion. apologies, excuses and rationalizations are not enough and totally unacceptable.
3. relator-this is a relational trait. i am comfortable with intimacy. once an initial connection is made, i deliberately encourage a deepening of the relationship. i want to understand your feelings, goals, fears and dreams...i want you to understand mine. i realize this type of closeness involves a certain amount of risk...but i'm willing to accept that.
4. communication-i like to explain, describe, host, speak in public and write (duh). ideas and events are dry and static....i need to bring them to life. i know most people have a short attention span and are constantly bombarded with information, so i want my information to survive. this is what drives my hunt for the perfect phrase...and why people like to listen to me.
5. developer-i see potential in others...sometimes that's all i see. when i interact with people, my goal is to help them experience success. i look for ways and experiences to challenge and stretch them...and then i watch for signs of growth. these signs of growth are my fuel.
wow. so, even as i read through these again i'm getting super excited! i am reading through this book with a group of friends and the other night at dinner we all divulged our own strengths and the subsequent descriptions from the book. i couldn't believe how the words of the author seemed to be written not just about a generic theme, applicable to many, but in my own mind and ears...written only to me. like, "how did he know?" this new information has completely energized my own sense of who i am. it's pretty amazing actually. i feel like i'm starting to live with so much more intention because i'm really aware now of who and what i am. it's really been inspiring! so, maybe you might want to try this for yourself if you haven't already. i highly recommend it!
have a great weekend...take care!