Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What are YOUR Strengths?

Accounting majors tend to have a few things in common: they like structure, are organized and good with detail.  But that is just part of a person's makeup.  Every individual has their own unique strengths and talents. 

"Now Discover Your Strengths" is a book by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton that helps you identify your strengths and use them effectively in your career and personal life.  After completing an online assessment, you will receive a report of your top five dominant talents. 

These talents are key to your success.  If you can find a career, employer, and friends that value these talents and allow you to use them frequently, you will find a rewarding future.  This book is a great start for thinking through what you do well and how to use that information to develop personally and professionally.

My five dominant talents are listed below with a few sentences about each of them.  Your report will go into more detail.

Excellence, not average, is your measure. Taking something from below average to slightly above average takes a great deal of effort and in your opinion is not very rewarding. Transforming something strong into something superb takes just as much effort but is much more thrilling. Strengths, whether yours or someone else’s, fascinate you.

Your Responsibility theme forces you to take psychological ownership for anything you commit to, and whether large or small, you feel emotionally bound to follow it through to completion.

Your Achiever theme helps explain your drive. Achiever describes a constant need for achievement. You feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day you must achieve something tangible in order to feel good about yourself.

The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. This perspective allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity.

Relator describes your attitude toward your relationships. In simple terms, the Relator theme pulls you toward people you already know. You do not necessarily shy away from meeting new people—in fact, you may have other themes that cause you to enjoy the thrill of turning strangers into friends—but you do derive a great deal of pleasure and strength from being around your close friends.

These strengths work very well for me in my role as a Career Coach.  I love taking on projects that allow me to improve something for the firm, whether that is a training program, a client project or creating more efficient firmwide processes.  I feel driven to achievement and responsible for the outcome.  I strategically plan my job on an annual, quarterly and daily basis.  How can I simplify, create structure and help our team through the complexities of their career?  And the relator in me helps me build relationships with our team.  I feel very connected to our team's individual successes and responsible for helping them through their career.  All together, these talents serve me well. 

What are your strengths?  How will you use them?  Want to try this tool?  Check out the link below.

Then, put your strengths to work!

Marcus Buckingham Books

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