Today I was reminded of a Marcus Buckingham’s book “Now, Discover Your Strengths”. It was 2007, and I had just joined a wonderful Austin company, NetQoS. The very smart leadership team required employees to read Buckingham’s book and take the test. The point of the exercise is to know what you are good at (your strengths) and to focus ultimately on those. We were encouraged to participate in tasks we were good at and leave the ones we weren’t good at to those who were. It was liberating, to say the least. I was never good at networking hardware, programming or math. I love working with customers and have the ability to see what is possible for the customer experience. Being relieved of what I didn’t know about networking or generating code, I was free to focus on what I was good at and ultimately generate success.
In case you are curious, here are the results of the test:
People strong in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
People strong in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
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.
People strong in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.
I encourage you to read the book and take the test.
Now that you know a little about me. Has anyone else taken the test? Would you care to share your score? Were you surprised by your results? Did you find knowing your strengths liberating. Share!