I had read this book before but did not have a code to actually take my own assessment. This time, new book, my own personal code to take the Strengths Finder assessment, and here I am!!
Communicator / Winning Others Over- WOO / Empathy / Positivity / Adaptability
Much of my work is focusing on people’s strengths and that is clearly what Gallup has built here, a way for people to identify their strengths with specific tips on how to highlight your strengths, deal head on with others who may not understand you, and how to work with people by identifying their strengths and honoring them.
Even if you don’t take the assessment, I could have figured out fairly closely my top strengths. By taking the assessment, I received a number of reports online and my own dashboard 🙂 on their website for additional information.
A snippet from one of their reports defining some words.
A strength is composed of
• skills, which are your basic abilities to perform the fundamental steps of a task, such as your basic ability to move through the fundamental steps of operating a computer. Skills do not naturally exist within us; they must be acquired through formal or informal training and practice.
• knowledge, which is simply what you know, such as your awareness of historical dates and your grasp of the rules of a game. Knowledge does not naturally exist within us; it must be acquired through formal or informal education.
• talents, which are the ways in which you naturally think, feel, and behave, such as the inner drive to compete, sensitivity to the needs of others, and the tendency to be outgoing at social gatherings. Although talents must come into existence naturally and cannot be acquired like skills and knowledge, we each have unique talents within us.
If you are trying to help others achieve their potential, I recommend this book as a way to understand a persons strengths. Focus on strengths, not a person’s weaknesses and they will go far.
What are my Strengths?
Communicator: You like to explain, to describe, to host, to speak in public, and to write. This is your Communication theme at work. Ideas are a dry beginning. Events are static. You feel a need to bring them to life, to energize them, to make them exciting and vivid.
Woo: You enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and getting them to like you. Strangers are rarely intimidating to you. On the contrary, strangers can be energizing.
Empathy: You can sense the emotions of those around you. You can feel what they are feeling as though their feelings are your own. Intuitively, you are able to see the world through their eyes and share their perspective.
Positivity: You are generous with praise, quick to smile, and always on the lookout for the positive in the situation. Some call you lighthearted. Others just wish that their glass were as full as yours seems to be.
Adaptability: You live in the moment. You don’t see the future as a fixed destination. Instead, you see it as a place that you create out of the choices that you make right now.
Jim Peacock is the Principal at Peak-Careers Consulting and writes a monthly newsletter for career practitioners. Peak-Careers offers discussion-based online seminars for career practitioners focused on meeting continuing education needs for GCDF and BCC certified professionals as well as workshops for career practitioners and individual career coaching.
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