Strengths-finder

In order to identify the unique strengths and abilities I have, I recently completed the Strengths Finder exam which you can learn more about here. I found the results to be extremely accurate, and below I am sharing some of the key points I gleaned from the report I received. Hopefully these descriptors will give you some insight into me and how I would be most beneficial to your company, organization or project.

#1 trait: Strategic

People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

  • Your comfort with language makes the oral or written expression of your ideas or feelings appear almost effortless. Others benefit from your ability to transmit information, thoughts, or emotions by using a vocabulary they can easily understand.
  • Driven by your talents, you automatically generate numerous ways to enhance, upgrade, revise, correct, or revamp a process, action plan, or itinerary. Your suggestions often influence how a project will unfold in the coming months, years, or decades.
  • Fixing people or things ranks high on your favorite activities.
  • You enjoy partnering with people who rely on you to identify critical as well as recurring sequences of events, facts, or data.

#2 trait: Ideation

People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.

  • Instinctively, you usually find novel and fresh ways to do things. People turn to you when they find themselves struggling to generate ideas. It’s very likely that you automatically search for new or fresh ways to make upgrades or enhancements. When you suspect there is a better way to do something, you implement your revisions and test your innovations.
  • Chances are good that you recharge your mind by creating ideas for new projects.
  • By nature, you usually take a creative route to your desired objective. Rather than have just one goal to consider, you explore alternatives. You value innovation. You dare to think differently.

#3 trait: Connectedness

People who are especially talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.

  • You help people realize they can accomplish more good as a group than they can as individuals. By nature, you have no doubts about being linked in some way with everything in the universe.
  • Driven by your talents, you may be guided by the notion that no one can live life without some help from others.
  • Because of your strengths, you spontaneously open your mind to people’s diverse philosophies of life. You habitually search for ideas that link one person’s fundamental truths with another person’s core values.

#4 trait: Input

People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

  • By nature, you fill your mind with new ideas by asking questions, reading, studying, observing, or listening. Normally, you accumulate facts, data, stories, examples, or background information from the people you meet. Determining what they want to accomplish in the coming weeks, months, or years generally satisfies your curiosity.
  • You probably converse with others in your field about ideas, theories, or concepts to gather the latest thinking. Using these insights, you are apt to draw your students into discussions that entice them to explore topics. You want them to really understand the subject rather than memorize a few facts just to pass a test. Because of your strengths, you put yourself in the middle of mentally stimulating conversations. You want to gather new ideas, discover new approaches, hear about new theories, consider new concepts, or apply new technologies. Often you are one of the early discoverers of innovations.
  • When a subject intrigues you, you review a wide range of printed materials. You glean — that is, collect bits and pieces — as much information as you possibly can about your areas of greatest interest. Driven by your talents, you eagerly welcome opportunities to think out loud about ideas, theories, or philosophies.

#5 trait: Context

People who are especially talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.

  • You seek to understand why and how things happened as well as why individuals made the choices they did. These insights about the past do more than arouse your interest and feed your curiosity. They also cause you to consider what you can do better or more perfectly today.
  • By nature, you examine the past. You discover why things happened. This permits you to foresee the future. You study humankind’s story to identify subtle nuances, recurring sequences of events, and predictable human behavior. Generating clever, resourceful, inventive, and original alternatives, you can offer solutions to age-old problems. Because of your strengths, you create a vision of the future by unraveling what happened in the past.
  • You are determined to create a framework of facts so you can put things in perspective. It’s very likely that you regularly expand your knowledge base.