Following a very random meeting with a guy last Friday and a rather interesting conversation, he gave me a book called “Strengths Finder 2.0” by Tom Rath and I only opened the book today and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it contains an unique code to an online survey that basically finds out the strengths in me, so here are the results:
1. Strategic – By nature, you can design innovative plans. You probably raise issues and identify recurring obstaclesas you generate tactical options. Problems and possible solutions become apparent to you. Once yououtline action steps, you quickly execute them one by one. You refuse to waste time questioning yourideas after everything has been set into motion. It’s very likely that you may feel good about yourselfand life in general when you know the exact words to express an idea or a feeling. Perhaps languagehas fascinated you since childhood. Occasionally your ever-expanding vocabulary earns youcompliments. Chances are good that you might appreciate straightforward, candid and conciseconversations. Sometimes you engage in dialogue with people who are willing to listen to thealternatives you present. Instinctively, you customarily pinpoint the core problems and identify the bestsolutions. You artfully and skillfully eliminate distractions. This helps people gain a clearunderstanding of what is happening and why it is happening. You frequently identify ways to transforman obstacle into an opportunity. Because of your strengths, you can reconfigure factual information ordata in ways that reveal trends, raise issues, identify opportunities, or offer solutions. You bring anadded dimension to discussions. You make sense out of seemingly unrelated information. You arelikely to generate multiple action plans before you choose the best one.
The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill thatcan be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. Thisperspective allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity. Mindful of these patterns,you play out alternative scenarios, always asking, “What if this happened? Okay, well what if thishappened?” This recurring question helps you see around the next corner. There you can evaluateaccurately the potential obstacles. Guided by where you see each path leading, you start to makeselections. You discard the paths that lead nowhere. You discard the paths that lead straight intoresistance. You discard the paths that lead into a fog of confusion. You cull and make selections untilyou arrive at the chosen path—your strategy. Armed with your strategy, you strike forward. This isyour Strategic theme at work: “What if?” Select. Strike.
2. Adaptability – Chances are good that you allow your life to unfold naturally. You trust you will find your path as itevolves. You resist being tied to predetermined plans and standardized systems. You prefer toexperience life in the moment. You are eager to see where it takes you. It’s very likely that you pictureyourself handling situations and issues that could arise in the coming months, years, or decades. Youmentally rehearse what you plan to do in various worst-case and best-case scenarios. Yourforethought prepares you to deal with whatever happens. You are a flexible person. You are not easilyflustered by unexpected events, problems, or opportunities. Because of your strengths, you realizethat futuristic thinkers fuel your imagination. They convince you that you can breathe life into theirdreams for months, years or decades. By nature, you contend that life consists of many uncertainties.This explains why you are cautious about guarantees, sure deals, cannot-fail projects, novelproposals, and money-making schemes. You feel restricted when forced to adhere to someone’sinflexible plan of action. You prefer to let the future unfold at its own pace. Instinctively, you live in astate of hope-filled expectancy. You eagerly await what will come next. You probably feel your life is alot more interesting when you are not forced to follow set routines, rigid rules, and/or predictableplans. You live in the moment. You don’t see the future as a fixed destination. Instead, you see it as a placethat you create out of the choices that you make right now. And so you discover your future onechoice at a time. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have plans. You probably do. But this theme of Adaptability does enable you to respond willingly to the demands of the moment even if they pull youaway from your plans. Unlike some, you don’t resent sudden requests or unforeseen detours. Youexpect them. They are inevitable. Indeed, on some level you actually look forward to them. You are, atheart, a very flexible person who can stay productive when the demands of work are pulling you inmany different directions at once.
3. Command – It’s very likely that you characteristically are unsentimental and realistic, especially when you mustplan how to do something efficiently, reliably, or predictably time after time. Undoubtedly, you searchfor ways to streamline your daily, weekly, monthly, or annual chores. You identify the steps needed tocomplete the task. You study the requirements, overlooking no details. You concentrate on facts. Youavoid letting bias or favoritism cloud your judgment. Driven by your talents, you occasionallycontribute more innovative ideas to group discussions than some people do. You may help strangers,newcomers, or outsiders feel they can share their thoughts. You might welcome their ideas. Why?They may stimulate everyone’s thinking, including your own. Instinctively, you are unsentimental andnot often swayed by emotional arguments or passionate pleas. People are likely to describe you asquite realistic and practical. By nature, you might generate in your friends some of your passion for moving ideas from the talking stage to the action stage. Perhaps your dedication to projects ralliesindividuals to work alongside you. Because of your strengths, you probably have exhibited the traits ofboldness, assertiveness, and/or self-reliance since childhood. Command leads you to take charge. Unlike some people, you feel no discomfort with imposing yourviews on others. On the contrary, once your opinion is formed, you need to share it with others. Onceyour goal is set, you feel restless until you have aligned others with you. You are not frightened byconfrontation; rather, you know that confrontation is the first step toward resolution. Whereas othersmay avoid facing up to life’s unpleasantness, you feel compelled to present the facts or the truth, nomatter how unpleasant it may be. You need things to be clear between people and challenge them tobe clear-eyed and honest. You push them to take risks. You may even intimidate them. And whilesome may resent this, labeling you opinionated, they often willingly hand you the reins. People aredrawn toward those who take a stance and ask them to move in a certain direction. Therefore, peoplewill be drawn to you. You have presence. You have Command.
4. Competition – It’s very likely that you consistently outwit most people. You are clever. Your mental superiority oftenhelps you do more and better work than you have done in the past. When your results are comparedto those of everyone else, you are determined to be the winner. Instinctively, you usually keeppushing yourself until you have claimed victory or been named the best. Finishing a close second isdisheartening for you. Because of your strengths, you may peruse — that is, studiously examine —specific types of books, publications, documents, or Internet sites to gather information and collectinsights. This knowledge sometimes gives you the edge you need to produce better outcomes orscores than anybody else can. Perhaps your drive to be the very best motivates you to read a lotabout certain subjects. Driven by your talents, you set very high expectations for yourself. Typicallyyou push yourself until you reach your goals. You are not content unless you deliver the bestperformance or produce the most outstanding results. By nature, you are driven to be the very best.This explains why you continue to forge ahead in the face of difficulties or even near exhaustion.When comparisons are made, you yearn to be the winner. Your motivation to excel likely matchesyour need to be declared trustworthy, knowledgeable, and accomplished.
Competition is rooted in comparison. When you look at the world, you are instinctively aware of otherpeople’s performance. Their performance is the ultimate yardstick. No matter how hard you tried, nomatter how worthy your intentions, if you reached your goal but did not outperform your peers, theachievement feels hollow. Like all competitors, you need other people. You need to compare. If youcan compare, you can compete, and if you can compete, you can win. And when you win, there is nofeeling quite like it. You like measurement because it facilitates comparisons. You like othercompetitors because they invigorate you. You like contests because they must produce a winner. Youparticularly like contests where you know you have the inside track to be the winner. Although you aregracious to your fellow competitors and even stoic in defeat, you don’t compete for the fun ofcompeting. You compete to win. Over time you will come to avoid contests where winning seemsunlikely.
5. Deliberative – Driven by your talents, you customarily remain silent rather than join conversations that involve thesharing of intimate or personal information. You generally try to change the topic altogether. Whenyour attempts are unsuccessful, you are likely to excuse yourself from discussions about theupbringing, finances, problems, physical conditions, or mental health of yourself and other people.Because of your strengths, you are willing to sacrifice affection and relationships to be true to yourself.In your opinion, life is not a popularity contest. Instinctively, you might be regarded by some people asa businesslike person. Perhaps you feel confident about yourself and life in general when certainindividuals tell you how much they value your no-nonsense approach. It’s very likely that you may bedescribed as an industrious and no-nonsense person. When you have a goal, you try to reach it.When you have a problem to solve, you first try to break it into parts. When you have a major decisionto make, you try to study the facts from a variety of angles. By nature, you might embody the proverb“Still waters run deep” — that is, quiet people are profound thinkers. You sometimes present yourselfas an earnest and dignified individual. Certain people may benefit from your clear-sightedness. Others may appreciate your sympathetic understanding or your penetrating insights.
You are careful. You are vigilant. You are a private person. You know that the world is an unpredictable place. Everything may seem in order, but beneath the surface you sense the manyrisks. Rather than denying these risks, you draw each one out into the open. Then each risk can beidentified, assessed, and ultimately reduced. Thus, you are a fairly serious person who approacheslife with a certain reserve. For example, you like to plan ahead so as to anticipate what might gowrong. You select your friends cautiously and keep your own counsel when the conversation turns topersonal matters. You are careful not to give too much praise and recognition, lest it be misconstrued.If some people don’t like you because you are not as effusive as others, then so be it. For you, life isnot a popularity contest. Life is something of a minefield. Others can run through it recklessly if theyso choose, but you take a different approach. You identify the dangers, weigh their relative impact,and then place your feet deliberately. You walk with care.
So although it says that this test is tailored exactly for me, it really feels like these 5 outcomes have been written a long-time ago and aren’t exactly very personal, but I’ll take it, especially that it was free. An insight into my personality and what should I do is always welcome, so I guess I’ll read it again for a couple of times, just to reflect on my behavior and choices more.