Awhile ago, I read this business book recommended by a friend. Now, I’m not quick to pick up the hottest management huckster book detailing—in 16 pt. type, mind you—the latest corporatethought or bizspeak fresh from the MBA schools. But I perused Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, and darn it if they didn’t have a good point (and a great gimmick). (They’re actually on a new edition, StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.)
Their main gist is that we all spend way too much time working on our weaknesses rather than focusing on our strengths. For our strengths—they posit—help us determine what careers will suit us best and how we will establish success in our chosen field.
The gimmick is that you can go online and take a test that will provide you with five of your key strengths from a field of 34 identified positive personality attributes. So, I took the test, and here are my strengths:
- Ideation: People strong in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
- Strategic: 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.
- Woo: People strong in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.
- Maximizer: 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.
- Adaptability: People strong in the Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow.” They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.
I think they would fit beautifully with any organization seeking a personable, creative, think-on-his-feet type of guy. Don’t you?