Go to Amazon.com and type in strength and you’ll get a sense of the recent phenomenon…
If you work in corporate America, you are probably already sick of hearing about Strengths based performance and team models. This idea has burst onto the scene in the last few years and seems to be taking over! Made popular by Marcus Buckingham and Tom Rath. The idea is that there are 34 different strengths and we all have a bit of each, but you should focus as much of your time and energy into the top few as possible to be happy and successful.
I’ve read most of the books, they start to get redundant and give me that dejavu feeling, but if you haven’t read any, I’d recommend picking one up and then taking the test afterwards…here are my top strengths and the official sentence definition of each. What are yours?
People strong in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.
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 Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.
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.
People strong in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.
People strong in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions.