At my old job, we took the StrengthsFinder 2.0 test. My current boss handed me the book today, but because I like to save money, I was like – HOLD UP. Instead, I got my results from my last job, which I figure can be part of my compensation from screwing me out of a week’s worth of unused sick time and a bonus for being there for five years. (I’m not bitter… well, I am, but I’d gladly trade that crap for being in the kind of environment I’m in now.)
And here are my strengths, which I’m documenting solely for my own personal use in the future when I wonder about what my strengths were when I was working 50 hour a week in a job that I really loved while I was in my early 30s.
To delve more into the details:
Activator: I turn thoughts into actions and I’m impatient. My process is often sloppy, but shit gets done. I learn from experiencing, not from lecturing and theoretical discussions that never go anywhere. This might also be code for workaholic, but I’ll take it.
Command: I have presence. I will take control of a situation and make decisions. I may possibly intimidate people, but people are still drawn to me. I lead by example and my emotions can take over an entire room. Not the first time I’ve been told that and I try to only use it for good and not for evil!
Competition: I would like to win, please. I especially like contests where I know I can win. I basically need other people around just to use them as a yardstick to measure my awesome abilities in everything. While I know life’s not a competition, I like work to be because I like to be the best. It can also help motivate others to want to win as well.
Individualization: I’m intrigued with each person I get to know and have a gift at figuring out how people who might be different can work together successfully. I draw out the best in people and make successful teams. I love some diversity! This just tells me I should be a WNBA scout, if I’m reading this right.
Learner: Love the process of learning. I don’t need to be a subject matter expert, but I like knowing… stuff. The idea of continuously improving is appealing to me. I don’t want to become stagnant in a role or in a company that’s just happy with doing the same thing day in and day out.
Back in the day when I worked at Best Buy, we took this same thing. I don’t remember all of my results, but I do remember I used to have WOO on my list. And that talks about meeting new people and breaking the ice and winning them over. It’s kind of fascinating (in a super nerdy way) that I’ve completely dropped that from my repertoire of strengths as I’ve gotten older and actually found my career niche.
OMG. Thus ends my work nerdiness. I can’t help it. I f’ing love learning about people. And, according to me, I’m the best person to learn about. Must explain my obsession of still maintaining old school blogging, which is, you know, ALL ABOUT ME.