Finding your strengths and using them to be more effective!

GallUps Strength Centre says,” People who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged on the job, and  teams that focus on their strengths are 12,5% more productive.”

They also say, “A review of the knowledge and skills you have acquired can provide a basic sense of your abilities, and an awareness and understanding of your natural talents will provide true insight into the core reasons behind your consistent successes.”

On completion of the Strengths Finder Assessment I realise that some of the things I do sub-consciously, are some of my strengths, and are qualities that I can utilise to benefit myself and others around me.

My Top Strength is INPUT, which says that I have a craving to know more, and that I like to collect and archive all kinds of information.  I have not previously given much thought to why I own approximately 1000 books, of all categories, and am generally quite thrilled when another one is added to my ‘collection’. I also have files of ‘useless/useful’ information in little boxes in my head, which when I was a wedding coordinator held me in very good stead, as each client had their own box, this way I remember pretty much everything. I have to admit I am always studying or researching something, attending some workshop / event or gathering and in light of this new insight into my personality, I am clearly a hoarder of information. The power of this specific strength is that I can share this information, and I have to admit that it is something that I love to do.

My Second Strength is Strategic, which says I can create alternative ways to proceed, faced with any given scenario; I just thought I was an optimist and that I was one of those people who are able to remain calm in moments of chaos. Apparently this particular strength allows me to determine the best route to move forward.

My Third Strength is Achiever, someone who works hard and possesses a great deal of stamina, taking immense satisfaction in being busy and productive. I have to admit, I have always put it down to persistent endurance, and not liking to be idle. I love being busy, being productive, being needed, it’s just who I am.

My Fourth Strength is Ideation, someone fascinated by ideas, who is able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena. I do love brain storming, and coming up with new ideas, boredom is not part of my vocabulary, and I do crave the profound. Ideas are not something I have ever been short of, but learning that this is also a strength of mine, is a wonderful discovery of self-reflection.

My Fifth Strength is Intellection, which says I am introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions. This allows me to act as a sounding board for others, and helps me to assist in solving problems. I now know why I think deeply about things, being sometimes slow to act, but once an idea or thought is refined, there is no turning back.

I am thoroughly enjoying reflecting and pondering over the comprehensive report and action planning tools provided by the GallUp Strengths Centre, and I am looking forward to being more efficient by developing my strengths to benefit myself and those around me.

We are all striving to be better, stronger and more efficient… and I highly suggest taking the step and completing the Strengths Assessment to find your ‘unique combination’ of strengths.



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