The StrengthsFinder 2.0 is basically an online test for which you get an access code by buying the accompanying book. It is an improved version of a quite old method by Gallup.
Basic premise: you only look at your strengths and focus on them. There's a big list of various strengths and the online test selects 5 of them and follows up with a few extra tips.
Here's my list, partially for my own reference, partially because it can perhaps help others to use that to both their and my advantage.
Faced with a new technology, I want input. Information. A good book to read about it. Reading a bunch of blogs about it. Getting a feel. New stuff also gets compared to the existing available knowledge, so also without reading a lot about something new I can often extract a quick intuitive smell.
inputstrength makes sure I gather a lot,
intellectionmakes sure I mill it around in my brain.
Trying to understand/introspect myself in this case (coupled with
context) also flows over into wanting to understand historical
figures. I've got three biographies of Montgomery, two of Erwin Rommel,
stuff about Napoleon. I've read about Scipio and Caesar. Etc.
There's one other part I want to cite: Chances are good that you are occasionally willing to be vulnerable. Perhaps you claim your talents or admit your weaknesses. Your openness may help some people know you better as a person.
Responsibility sounds very very good, but remember that this is a book
about strong points. I do have a small weakness here and there :-)
In total, I quite enjoyed doing the test. And I got a bit more insight out of it. So well worth the 15 Euro or so that went into it.
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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