Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Day 2: Going Away Giveaways

Yesterday, I told you how a job at a particular company helped to mold and change me. Today I want to tell you about a little test that I took that has changed the way I approach my life and the way that I interact with others.

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.

Wonder what your strengths are? Today you have the chance to win the Strengths Finder 2.0 book.


Here's what you need to do to be eligible to win the Strengths Finder 2.0 book:

Leave me a comment telling me if you had heard about Strengths Finder 2.0 before this post. Don't be embarassed if you hadn't...I didn't until I took it. If you comment anonymously, make sure you include your name and how I can contact you.
If you want to increase your chances, you can do either or both of the following.
  • Become a follower of my blog and leave me another comment telling me that you became a follower. If you're already a follower, just leave me a comment telling me that you already are a follower.

  • Tweet about this giveaway and leave the URL for the tweet in a different comment.
Get to commenting. The contest will end tomorrow, JULY 29, at NOON EST. The winner will be chosen using random.org's random number generator.


If you don't win, you can purchase it here. Better yet, purchase more than one. One for you, one for someone else...a friend, family member or coworker...and you'll get free shipping!



Remember...you have until NOON EST TODAY to register for YESTERDAY'S GIVEAWAY---A $20 Chick-fil-A Giftcard!

25 comments:

Lollie said...

You're great! I follow your blog and I LOVE Strength Finders! If I win today though, I'll give my book to my roomie. After dinner with you on Sunday we were talking about how she wanted to get this book and figure out what her strengths are!!

Whitney Walker Alexander said...

I had never heard of this book, but if I don't win this contest, I'm going to have to scrounge up some money to buy it!!! It looks great, and I absolutely LOVE things like this. Thanks for sharing, sweet friend!

Whitney Walker Alexander said...

I am a follower of your sweet little blog, too!

Whitney Walker Alexander said...

http://twitter.com/whitalexander

Here is where I posted about THIS contest!

Delta said...

Thanks to your kind generosity, I have taken the Strength Finder and also have a copy of the book! If I win the giveaway, I have a few friends I can think of who could use a copy of it!

Delta said...

I'm a follower!

Delta said...

http://twitter.com/sarahbethhenson

Alyssa said...

I have never heard of this book but would love to read it!

Becky said...

That is a really cool book, I have never heard of it before! But it sounds interesting. If I don't win it, I may still purchase it!

Becky said...

I am already a follower! ;)

DeFeo Diary said...

i need to know you're top 5. love the strengths finder - made me change my job at chick-fil-a from cow campaign to umd program because of the combo of positivity, woo, communication (top 3) - lady with gallup said i needed to be in front of people pronto. it's so interesting.

Jan said...

Who says that you are not an includer? You just included us on this great sounding info that I'd never heard of before. Thanks!

Adie said...

I've never heard of this book but it looks great!!!!

Adie said...

Oh, and I'm already a blog follower.

Melanie said...

Oh, I would LOVE to be the winner! This book sounds great!!

Melanie said...

I'm a blog follower, too!

Jess B said...

This sounds awesome! I'd love to read that and take the test.

Jess B said...

And I'm a follower, too!

Sara Holcomb said...

I must admit...I didn't even know how to comment...but I just HAD to make a comment on this one.

I love strengths finder -- and I am SUCH a skeptic. It has really aided me as I have taken new jobs and entered new teams in the past 2 years. I would interested in taking it again and seeing how things have progressed and changed!

I think bruce probably had a strength in communication :) LOVE YOU!

Lollie said...

I twittered about it too!
www.twitter.com/laurenlthigpen

sjc said...

I had never heard of this book before. . . but sounds good!

CourtneyBriggs said...

StrengthsFinder is fantastic! I've used it in my career for several years.

I recently started a blog for Moms who want to share their ideas about how they capitalize on their strengths to be happier and more successful Moms. I'm looking for contributors. I'd love to see you share your ideas on the pages for your themes. Please check it out at www.momstrengths.blogspot.com

Cile said...

I love Strength Finders! I can thank my previous manager for introducing me into the world of capitalizing on my strengths instead of spinning my wheels trying to make up for my weaknesses. Whew! What a relief!

Jennifer said...

Never heard of the book but I would love to know what my strengths are!

Jennifer said...

And I'm a follower!