My top 5 strengths
A couple of years ago, I got introduced to Tom Rath‘s Strengths Finder and since then the concept of soaring with strengths has stayed with me.
The way we are brought up or taught in schools is to work on our weaknesses. We are told to practice Mathematics, to pay more attention to language or to focus on thinking differently. However, most of the times we are not told to focus on what we are good at. We are not told to keep on excelling in what we do. We practice Mathematics and eventually give up on writing essays. Everyone has some strengths and some areas that need work but does it really matter to keep working on what we are weak at without any results? Should we not leverage our strengths more than we work on our opportunity areas.
While I leave the idea to you to figure out what works for you the best, Strengths Finder through a long yet simple assessment, brings to you your top 5 strong areas. This assessment can be taken only once and when I tried it, my top 5 strengths came out to be:
- Harmony – People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement. I am worried about running into conflicts. I like agreeing even if there is disagreement and I can’t sleep sound around conflict. Personal or professional, I like peace and I end up making peace in all situations. With people, I forgive, forget and move on.
- Arranger – People who are especially talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity. I am always found juggling multiple things and that keeps me going. I love to be told (nicely) how can I do things better and I take all feedback very easy. I love connecting dots and seeing what relates to what.
- Learner – 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. I am always in for the journey. I enjoy what the process of learning brings. A recent example is my desire to converse in Kannada. I haven’t yet perfected it and I am still learning. Recently with crochet, I had those high moments of creating beanies and then I moved to learn how to let go. It goes on and on for me.
- Achiever – People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive. I feed my soul with the fact that I cannot be lonely. Sometimes I even bite more than I can chew. Look at how November is going. Managing stuff home with the cash crunch, usual work, NaBloPoMo and then I am also editing Wikipedia for the Asian Month. I don’t think I work smart. I just work hard.
- Individualization – 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. I love stories that people have to share. Their wins and then their learning are a way for me to know them better and I talk equally openly. I share my life’s stories to build relationships as I take people along.
I have always found it hard to talk about what I am good at. You may give this any name but I know that as a person I sometimes need others to tell me what I can do best. As I read through the report from the assessment, I could not help but agree with what I know of me. You may agree to some and some parts are too closed to figure out but for now, I would urge you to recognize your strengths. Know what you are good at and keep at it.
For Day 11 of #NaBloPoMo, I am going a little detailed and personal. Also this topic has been written for the Friday Reflections prompt for November 11, 2016 hosted by Sanch and Corinne.