Amazing StrengthsFinder result

StrengthsFinder 2.0 has been a popular book since its publication in 2007.  Many organizations use the book and its online assessment tool to help employees identify their strengths and natural abilities.

At the University of Minnesota in Twin Cities, all first year students, since the Fall of 2012, receive a code to take the StrengthsFinder assessment during the summer prior to entering the  campus.

In preparation for a leadership training session today, I had to read the book and take the online assessment. Being a last minute person (sometimes), I was in no hurry to do my homework.

Last night when it was passed midnight, I was unusually tired and ready for going to bed. Then I realized that I hadn’t done the online assessment I had to do before the meeting in a few hours. I kind of forced myself to stay awake and complete the online assessment. I had a little trouble focusing on the task, I even missed a couple of questions because I didn’t act quickly enough and make the choice within the required time frame.

When I was done after 30 minutes, I was pretty skeptical about the result. Will the result be accurate? I wondered. But I didn’t have the time to read the report.

A few hours later, I got up and was refreshed. When I read my result report, I was pretty amazed by it. It is quite accurate. I think my top five themes describe me well. I got a kick out of this description under my first talent Input:

Chances are good that you tend to be a frugal individual — that is, you spend money with care. This trait probably explains why you satisfy your passion for reading by checking out library books, borrowing books from others, or quickly searching the shelves of half-priced bookstores.”

That is so true.

Here is a brief summary of my Top 5 StrenthsFinder Talents:

Input

People  strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to  collect and archive all kinds of information.

Learner

People  strong in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to  continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the  outcome, excites them.

Adaptability

People strong in the  Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow.” They tend to be “now” people  who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.

Intellection

People strong in the  Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are  introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

Achiever

People  strong in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They  take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.

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