April 17, 2008

Discover your strengths

During my senior year at Greenville, the "powers that be" introduced a relatively new program that they wanted to start using the following year on campus. I was able to take the StrengthsFinder inventory before I graduated and the information has been insightful. Unfortunately, I wasn't around to see how strengths-based education panned out, but I know they're still using it so something must be working.

Why am I bringing this up now? Marcus Buckingham (one of the founders and authors of this initiative) will be on Oprah tomorrow. The theme is "I Hate My Job Interventions." I can't guarantee that the information will be valuable, but I think it probably will be. Set your tivo just in case!

What are my signature StrengthsFinder themes? Thanks so much for asking:

Winning Others Over (WOO)
People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.

Communication
People who are especially talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.

Empathy
People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others' lives or others' situations.

Activator
People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.

Strategic
People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

3 comments:

heather.snider said...

Where did you find the summary for each strength...I wanted to post mine too.

Remember when you interviewed me and I told you I'd share my strengths with you if you shared yours with me afterwards?

Sara Luke said...

I googled them. Each and every one.

Of course I remember when you said that in your interview. I knew at that moment that we would be good friends. :)

Allikaye's Mama said...

I am a teacher - and we have all our strengths posted in the staff lounge...so I know exactly what you are talking about! Funny! I am also strategic and activator! Also positivity and belief. Also, i loved reading your posts! I will come back and visit some more - I'll link ya!
**I found you through Little Bit Funky!!