I was recently introduced to this book called Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath. It’s an intreresting read, and was one of those things that struck me as a simple concept that I’ve never really considered.
The main point in which Rath talks about is the idea that we spend so much of our time—whether at work or at home—honing in on our faults & weaknesses, when we could be devoting that time to actually developing our strengths.
Secondary to that, the idea of strength in collaboration was discussed in an interesting way. The idea isn’t so much as gaining strength by numbers, but by complimenting different facets of your group to create a stronger whole.
The book comes with a test that takes about half an hour to complete, and spits out something similar to a horoscope or your traits. I’ve done a similar test in the past, but that one was more concerned about my personality type rather than my work process. It said that I become more dominant during stressful situations, and that I daydream a lot.
Strengths Finder defines traits that I am naturally inclined to have, and with a little more effort, could be developed into what I’m assuming will be a bionic woman’s version of my strengths. Then I can start killing people and take over the world. Yes…
It lists your top five talents or qualities. I wasn’t overly surprised at the outcome:
People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
read: I don’t care what comes out of this. I just want to try it. Eating paste optional.
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.
read: Ginger tends to be a hoarder.
People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.
read: I stare at walls and empty spaces a lot.
People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
read: A roll-on deodorant maintains the exact same mechanics as a ball-point pen.
People who are especially talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.
read: I can schmooze like a football jock pretending to be sensitive and caring on prom night.