Interestingly enough, I was introduced through this little test while I was at Chick-fil-A. It is a test that all employees are asked to take. On my first day, they gave me a book. Strengths Finder 2.0. At the back of the book, there was a website and a code to take a test online. If you're wondering if this is some kind of thrown together test, it isn't. This test was created by Gallup. It's the real deal. I've yet to find someone that didn't feel like their strengths were hit spot on. After taking the test, you are given your Top 5 strengths. I'm not exaggerating when I say that it was life changing.
Some compare it to Myers Briggs and some of the other personality tests, but it is NOT a personality test. This test is designed to calculate strengths. In order to have a strength, you must have both knowledge, skill, and talent in a particular area. The test calculates your knowledge, skill and talent for 34 different strengths. And, as they say in the book...there is no such thing as a bad strength.
When I first saw my Top 5 strengths listed out, I got all giddy inside. To some extent, it confirmed a lot of what I already knew, but what I really liked was reading about them in the book and seeing how they interacted together. By studying up on my strengths and the strengths of those that I did work and life with, I have been able to better understand and relate to others.
Since taking the test, I have given this book to quite a few of my friends and we have enjoyed playing off of one anothers' strengths. Another positve of taking the test is that it gives you an inside into the actions of others.
I will use myself as an example.
One of 34 strengths is an INCLUDER strength. Includers are great. The book says this about the those that have the includer strength: People strong in the includer theme are accepting of others. They show awareness of those who feel left out, and make an effort to include them.
Includers are some of the sweetest people. While I hope I have some sweetness in me, I am not an includer. In fact, the includer strength is at the bottom of my list. However, some of my friends are includers. This used to get on my nerves. Really get on my nerves. Then, I took the test. They took the test. I realized I wasn't an includer. They realized they were. Now when they start inviting the whole town over for a party, instead of getting frustrated, I just think to myself...look at that little includer. After all, it is their strength, and isn't it true that we are most productive when we are using our strengths.
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