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I don't know if any of you have ever gone through this exercise. My organization basically made us do it. I was kinda skeptical at first, but after I got my assessment back, my top 5 strengths pretty much defined me and the way I think...my biggest strength was "Context." 

"Context is about comprehending the present by knowing the past. There is a value in being able to not miss things that have been relevant and important in the past, especially as you are thinking about how to move through the present and into the future.

If you are high in Context, you create safety by ensuring that mistakes are not repeated. You can promote inclusivity by understanding individual and group histories. When Context is at its best those high in it are well informed. They are prepared for anything. They can calmly reference what they know when faced with a problem. It is helpful to show the path that lead to where you are today, and explore the steps on how you got there"

Worthy exercise...any body else ever done something like this?

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I've done the Meyers Briggs as well as a couple others many years ago in my corporate days. Don't recall what I am.

These are incredibly useful for high school Jrs looking to see which colleges may be a good fit, college freshman trying to decide on a major, and or other young adults trying to decide on a career path. 

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I've done both Strength Finders and Meyers-Briggs.  Dont remember much about Strength Finders.  For Meyers Briggs, my first Letter was I and my last letter was J.  Dont remember the other two.

Edit.  I do still have my Strength Finder results somewhere, either in my desk at work or shoved in a drawer at home.  I enjoyed doing the exercise, but it was several years ago.

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21 hours ago, Reacher said:

I've done the Meyers Briggs as well as a couple others many years ago in my corporate days. Don't recall what I am.

These are incredibly useful for high school Jrs looking to see which colleges may be a good fit, college freshman trying to decide on a major, and or other young adults trying to decide on a career path. 

I'd agree with that, although I took it a little later in life, and I think it made me understand myself a bit better. It was definitely accurate, because I catch myself doing all of the things it says are my strengths except one...

Harmony's (my third rated strength) description starts by saying "People exceptionally talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus."

I rarely do that because I think consensus is forced for the most part. I've been in many decision making meetings where "consensus" was reached because people were simply wanting to get the meeting over and we're tired of batting a particular decision back and forth. I prefer more of a compromise approach...

That's probably a product of having a wife and 3 daughters... 

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I've done a few of these things.

They all come back the same. I don't value Emotion based things. I expect results and strongly prefer it be evidence based but I will become inpatient when there is a lack of that and demand action. I am able to react to non data results on the fly and adapt. 

Everything in all of the ones I've taken output my core is Action, results, urgency, consistency. Things I don't gravitate to are emotion, feelings, empathy. 

All of my peers said this was spot on. That mad me sad.

 

Apparently they didn't have a result for Sarcastic.  

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30 minutes ago, Joe_Hoopsier said:

I've done a few of these things.

They all come back the same. I don't value Emotion based things. I expect results and strongly prefer it be evidence based but I will become inpatient when there is a lack of that and demand action. I am able to react to non data results on the fly and adapt. 

Everything in all of the ones I've taken output my core is Action, results, urgency, consistency. Things I don't gravitate to are emotion, feelings, empathy. 

All of my peers said this was spot on. That mad me sad.

 

Apparently they didn't have a result for Sarcastic.  

Yeah, we have a couple of people who's top strength is "Woo." 

"People exceptionally talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over"

The two people I mentioned go waaaay overboard with complements and "win their teams over"  by buying treats for them on a regular basis. 

I kinda see them as disingenuous BSers...

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43 minutes ago, IUFLA said:

Yeah, we have a couple of people who's top strength is "Woo." 

"People exceptionally talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over"

The two people I mentioned go waaaay overboard with complements and "win their teams over"  by buying treats for them on a regular basis. 

I kinda see them as disingenuous BSers...

I have an unbelievable gift for reading BSers within about 10 seconds, I think most people do if they let it come out of themselves. (I gave myself the award and it pisses everyone off when I call out the BSer's, because well that is just what I do). There's a big difference between talented people who are just a little overwhelmed, and untalented people who smoooze to distract people. 

BTW, our corp directive is to complement everyone, no matter what, no exceptions. Heck, even the exit "escort" is all about complimenting the one being escorted out. Unbelievable. I'm like, if they were that great why are we firing them?

Come on retirement ! ! Or lottery winner which ever some first.

 

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Picked up a book called Strenghtfinders 2.0 by Tim Rath. Turns out he's one of the developers of the assessment linked in the OP. I've read part 1. After the assessment you are supposed to read part 2. 

Part 2 goes into detail on the 34 strength traits and tools to help develop them. 

I'll probably do the assessment sometime this weekend. I like the idea behind the philosophy.  

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So it appears I am a Type C personality 

10 Top Secrets Of The Type C Personality You Need to Know

Pretty wild how accurate these descriptions can be. Some things make more sense.

I do this a lot. Sometimes I just have to satisfy the urge to be left alone.

As introverts, C-personalities need to be alone to think when they feel overwhelmed. Often, they will seek out a serene place to sit and think.

Emotional appeals don't work well to convince me either. 

Other people trying to sell a C-personality on something through the use of emotional reasoning often fail because a C-personality would consider this person to be full of hype and think about the possible facts that are hidden by the hype.

Their extreme skepticism and their constant use of logic to make decisions in an objective manner mean that they are rarely swayed by the use of emotion.

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The Wisconsin volleyball staff (the team is defending national champions) has each player take personality tests, so the coaches know best how to communicate, interact, and teach the players.

Not that the coaches bend to the players.  Everyone knows who is in charge.  But it's one tool, used as needed. 

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1 hour ago, mrflynn03 said:

So it appears I am a Type C personality 

10 Top Secrets Of The Type C Personality You Need to Know

Pretty wild how accurate these descriptions can be. Some things make more sense.

I do this a lot. Sometimes I just have to satisfy the urge to be left alone.

As introverts, C-personalities need to be alone to think when they feel overwhelmed. Often, they will seek out a serene place to sit and think.

Emotional appeals don't work well to convince me either. 

Other people trying to sell a C-personality on something through the use of emotional reasoning often fail because a C-personality would consider this person to be full of hype and think about the possible facts that are hidden by the hype.

Their extreme skepticism and their constant use of logic to make decisions in an objective manner mean that they are rarely swayed by the use of emotion.

Not sure which test you took, hell I don’t know the one I took last. 
anyway, I was an ultra high C and D. No one had saw that level of results before. 
at that point, they totally understood when I told them to shove their test, and knew that I meant it. 😀

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16 minutes ago, Joe_Hoopsier said:

Not sure which test you took, hell I don’t know the one I took last. 
anyway, I was an ultra high C and D. No one had saw that level of results before. 
at that point, they totally understood when I told them to shove their test, and knew that I meant it. 😀

I haven't actually taken the test. I'm still analyzing all the data and contemplating the options. 😉

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