In 2011, before I ever even imagined enrolling in an MBA, I took the Strengths Finder assessment. Having psychology as my background and always having been interested in learning about myself, I taken plenty of these self-assessments.
My results in 2011 were:
Empathy - You encourage people to express their innermost thoughts and feelings, and you refrain from judging them.
Adaptability - You prefer to “go with the flow.” You tend to be a “now” person who takes things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.
Harmony - You look for consensus. You don’t enjoy conflict; rather, you seek areas of agreement.
Developer - You recognize and cultivate the potential in others. You spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.
Futuristic - are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.
Shortly after taking the assessment for the first time I enrolled in an MBA program at Florida International University for which this book was required reading. I decided it would be fun to take the test towards the end of the program to see how my strengths had developed.
I’m almost of the end of the program and I feel my strengths and confidence have matured significantly. I feel I have gained a clearer understanding of my natural abilities and in the process developed some new strengths.
The results from the 2013 assessment reveals the ‘seasoning’ of some of my core strengths and the development of new ones. They are:
Restorative - People who are especially talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.
Activator - Activators can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient. ( I am sometimes impatient with results)
Positivity - The individuals have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.
Futuristic - People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.
Individualization - These individuals are 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. (Can relate to Developer)
This book is a short read and can be extremely insightful. It’s organized into sections that explain the strength, gives examples of what that strength might look like in real life and gives ideas for action.
It’s also recommended ready by 800ceoread.com
I had just started reading Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future when a friend whom I admire greatly lent me Little Red Book of Selling and, of course, being the way I am I started reading that too. Reading two books at once may sound crazy but sometimes it has a benefit.
Even though the books are unrelated (Reinventing you is about how to develop your personal brand and Little Red Book is about how to sell) I see parallels in the ideas… after all you are a brand which you promote I’ll be expanding on these in future posts.
Some people get it and others don’t. Life is a fleeting moment that seems eternal when we’re 10 but an eternal wait to the end when we’re 90 (if you’re lucky) So tap dance through life. After all, life is a dance between time and opportunity. Eventually the song will end. Were you too scared to make your move or did you steal that kiss?
Nurture and respect every relationship you make, take a little and give a lot every chance you get and others will instinctually do the same for you.
If your to-do list items can’t be linked back to a higher life goal, they might not be worth doing.
All activities you’re spending time in should align with one main goal
Michael Porter -
This kind of time lag in learning from a mistake is not unusual. For the deepest lessons an individual can learn, it’s required. Only with the passing of time can the intense emotions (positive or negative) of an event fall away and allow us to recognize mistakes and our contribution to them.
On why its ok to take emotions out of decision making