last saturday, i purchased a management book called strengths finder 2.0, featuring an online test by Gallup, one of the leading statistical firms in the US. i’ve always been interested in management / motivational / inspirational books and this one caught my fancy after a friend / mentor of sorts mentioned it over a lunch conversation. the book is described in the gallup website as follows:
Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?
Chances are, you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.
To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book spent more than five years on the bestseller lists and ignited a global conversation, while StrengthsFinder helped millions to discover their top five talents.
In StrengthsFinder 2.0 Gallup unveiled the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes, and much more. While you can read this book in one sitting, you’ll use it as a reference for decades.
i did read the book in one sitting last night and took the test, as well although i was already fairly tired from the trip to SGV and condo-hunting. still, i think i got some pretty neat results. according to the test, my strengths are: learner-belief-responsibility-intellection-woo.
i think it pretty much explains some things about me such as why:
- i think i haven’t really changed much since i was a kid…i basically believed in the same set of core values, as imparted to me by my parents (thank God for them! …although admittedly, there were times that i used to resent my dad’s "lectures", i now look back with nothing but wistful thankfulness in my heart)
- i already have 1400+ facebook friends
- i find it pretty easy to make friends, yet have a hard time thinking about who to call in the middle of the night if and when i have crisis situations
- i was dissatisfied with my first career. as a key account manager, although a strong sense of (business) ownership and follow through was necessary (which was perhaps the part of the job that i liked, in addition to the fact that i met a lot of people), our task was to execute plans which were previously made by those in brand. we were free to put in some of our ideas through finishing touches which customized the execution of the plans, but still, we were in the execution stage. i think probably if i were more involved in the ideation process, i would’ve liked it more.
- on second thought, it probably wouldn’t have made a difference because i didn’t have the rush that i feel everytime i knew that i was working on something bigger than myself, that was in line with my beliefs and sense of purpose / mission in life. i felt then that i was just enriching some corporate giant. moreover…
- …i felt huge dissatisfaction then because i felt that i wasn’t learning much. i remember my first immediate manager commenting in my 1st work & development plan that i had such a high learning curve for an eight-month-old band 1 manager. indeed, i remember tremendously enjoying my 1st year of work because of all the new experiences and learnings. after a while, however, the travels felt routinary. the strategies conjured seemed like the same things – they were merely being rehashed. i did enjoy the in-house colleges back in p&g.
- as a kid, i loved activity books. i loved (and still do) interactive learning.
- i like listening to lectures (i think this explains why i liked attending the cpa board & bar review lectures) and sermons.
- although i felt so mediocre in law school, i felt fulfilled nonetheless with the knowledge / learnings in my 5yr stay in the college…truly incapable of pecuniary estimation.
- when i am interested in what i’m reading or studying, my surroundings really don’t matter to me (whether maingay or what…i tend to get engrossed in the text)
- i tend to get engrossed / immersed in my thoughts as well, even when walking
- although i strike people as friendly, i still think that i’ve bouts of shyness. (i’m a walking oxymoron, ain’t i? haha)
- although i may seem an extrovert, i’m actually pretty introspective. ilike spending time alone, reflecting and pondering on the circumstances around me, in the context of a passage of scripture, as i ask God to help me see things through His eyes. it’s actually that quiet time that recharges me, and helps me plan ahead for the future.
based on the results, which i feel are quite true naman (although i believe only those who truly know me can tell), i hope that in my future work place(s), as well as in the continuing saga of my career, my strengths could indeed be tapped and could further flourish, all for God’s glory. 🙂 i so pray that in the coming days, months and years of my life, He would use me mightily and that i would just allow myself to be His instrument in blessing others. 🙂