Tom Rath explains in his book, StrenghtsFinder 2.0 (2007), that identifying and capitalizing on one’s strengths makes for a more fulfilled and effective employee, further benefitting the employing organization. Rath states that when in a position not utilizing our strengths, we are six times more likely to be disengaged in our work. Studies show that this disengagement or dissatisfaction carries over into our personal lives affecting our health and personal relationships.
As a matter of self-knowledge, I have taken the Clifton StrenghtsFinder assessment, my five top strengths were revealed. Rath explains that my results are unique to me. Even though others may share one or more of the strengths identified for me, they may be manifested in other ways. As an Achiever, the assessment explains that I am a self-motivated, hard worker who can spend hours studying, reading, and researching. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and skills through coaching, mentoring, or training. I set lofty goals for myself and relentlessly pursue them.
Additionally, the strength Futuristic was identified. This indicates that I am always examining what I can fix or do better. I become bored with tradition and doing things just because that is the way they have always been done. I focus on what is possible for the future. Additionally, I enjoy group problem solving.
As a Learner, I seek knowledge and to understand. I am continually questioning and have done so since a small child. I love learning from history. I spend time examining problems or glitches.
Manifestations of the strength, Input, are that I love to read and learn, sometimes multiple books at a time. I like to gather new ideas, approaches, concepts, or technologies. Discovering things that help others is very rewarding for me.
Finally, as an Includer, I enjoy being surrounded by others. I love meeting people and am interested in what others have to share. I like to include and draw people in. I especially enjoy reaching out to those who are hurting, fearful, rejected, or less fortunate (Rath, 2007).
I find the results of this assessment to be no surprise. Each explanation provides an accurate description of strengths as well as that which I find fulfilling and of value. As an Achiever, I enjoy learning and set lofty goals for myself. I am currently working on my third degree. I have travelled abroad and studied other cultures and languages. As an accounting and finance professional in my former career, I obtained a position in a leading accounting firm performing my duties entirely in another language while living in Europe. I asked a native to the country where I moved to visit with me for a couple of weeks and speak to me only in that language. This allowed me to initially learn enough of the language to obtain employment and my language skills further developed on the job. I believe ignorance is controlling, therefore, I do not wish to be fearful or limited in...