OK, it’s January. Are you making New Year’s resolutions? I know we all try to figure what we want to improve upon this time of year. It is a good occasion to stop and reflect before the year gets rolling.
In the first part of this series of blogs, I explained the Four Elements of Success from the Path Elements Profile™. That post can be found at http://charlottelawlibrary.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/who-are-you/. The Four Elements of Success is just one approach to identifying one’s strengths.
Another approach is the Clifton StrengthsFinder® 2.0. Like the Four Elements, it focuses on developing strengths rather than correcting weaknesses. It is an updated version of the StrengthsFinder program developed by Gallup experts to help readers discover their distinct talents and strengths and how they can be translated into personal and career successes. See the connection to making New Year’s resolutions?
This is how it works. You get the book from your local bookstore or online. It’s titled StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath. While it is available through the public library, you will get your own access code to the assessment and website only by purchasing the book ($25.00). The first chapter of the book gives a good introduction to what to expect and what the authors found in their research. There is a card at the back of the book that gives your personal access code. You go to the website and take the quiz. It does take a few minutes so it is a good idea to do it when you won’t be interrupted. The assessment is fun to take. After completing the online assessment, each participant receives a StrengthsFinder® report from Gallup that gives details on his or her top 5 themes of talent and 10 ideas for action for each theme. Besides the report that they send you, there is a chapter in the book about each theme: a description of the theme, what the person with that theme sounds like, ideas for action, and ideas on how to work with this person.
There are 34 themes: Achiever, Activator, Adaptability, Analytical, Arranger, Belief, Command, Communication, Competition, Connectedness, Consistency, Context, Deliberative, Developer, Discipline, Empathy, Focus, Futuristic, Harmony, Ideation, Includer, Individualization, Input, Intellection, Learner, Maximizer, Positivity, Relator, Responsibility, Restorative, Self-Assurance, Significance, Strategic, and Woo. Any of these sound like you? Actually, it is fun to take the assessment. I thought mine were pretty accurate. My strengths are Learner, Woo, Responsibility, Achiever and Includer.
The library staff at Charlotte School of Law took this assessment to better understand each other. The results were combined in a grid so that teams could be created based on individual strengths. Of course, the information from this assessment applies to home as well as work.
For those Charlotte School of Law students interviewing for jobs or internships, StrengthsFinder gives you some good information on yourself. When you are asked about your strengths and weaknesses, you have something interesting to talk about. It is also an easy way to determine your New Year’s resolutions.
This is the second of a series of three parts focusing on different types of personality assessments.
Next time: Myers-Briggs.