If you know me, you know I love astrology–not because I follow Professor Trelawney but because it allows me to ascribe some qualities to people. For myself, I prefer the qualities of a LIBRA rather than a Scorpio (I can pick since my birthday is on the cusp).
I also love a good Meyers-Briggs. I don’t think my results have changed since the first time I took one in high school (on recommendation of The Sailor and Fluff) and it wouldn’t surprise anyone who know me and T that we only have on letter in common–JUDGING. I am ESFJ, he is INTJ.
In the course of conversation Friday night, a friend referenced the Gallup StrengthsFinder. I was intrigued. Fifteen dollars and 30 minutes later, here are my results.
My top5 are: Harmony, Empathy, Consistency, Restorative, Discipline.
Four of these things belong together–one of these things does not. The other four are strongly related to who I cannot resist being (and also strongly related to qualities of the Libra, I might add).
Harmony: “People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.” These people also have such an attuned sense of conflict, they often can sense when the proverbial shit is going to hit the fan before it does. With great power, comes great responsibility.
In the ideas for action, the report recommends,
“Sales roles based on ‘cold calls’ or roles in highly competitive workplaces, for example, will frustrate or upset you.”
HINDSIGHT IS A day late and a dollar short.
Empathy: “People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.” Who plays a game to enjoy, and not to win? Me, and not T.
Consistency: “People who are especially talented in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They try to treat everyone in the world with consistency by setting up clear rules and adhering to them.” This is me to a “tee” and I have to believe this is my most important strength. Repetitious procedures. Habits. Patterns. Familiar, predictable, and standardized procedures. Streamlined activities by daily, weekly, monthly or annual tasks. Deadlines anchor you. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.
Restorative: the one strength with which I identify the least. “People who are especially talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.” When trying something new, I am always willing to adopt a model of “continuous improvement”, even when I believe the current course of action is correct. As the action section recommends, “Give yourself a break. Your Restorative talents might lead you to be overly self-critical.” Truer words.
Discipline: Me–disciplined? As it turns out, yes. Disciplined is described as “enjoying routine and structure” and that is definitely a moi.
I hope you can also benefit from identifying and learning about your own top five strengths. And then you will share them with me.