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strengths to stimulate growth in individuals, couples and organizations”
Themes report below displays my five most powerful themes, as
indicated by my responses to the Clifton StrengthsFinder, The Gallup
Organization’s online talent assessment instrument.
MY SIGNATURE THEMES:
The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the
best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of
thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. This perspective
allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity. Mindful of
these patterns, you play out alternative scenarios, always asking, “What
if this happened? Okay, well what if this happened?” This recurring question
helps you see around the next corner . There you can evaluate accurately the
potential obstacles. Guided by where you see each path leading, you start to
make selections. You discard the paths that lead nowhere. You discard the
paths that lead straight into resistance. You discard the paths that lead
into a fog of confusion. You cull and make selections until you arrive at
the chosen path-your strategy. Armed with your strategy, you strike forward.
This is your Strategic theme at work: “What if?” Select. Strike.
Things happen for a reason. You are sure of it. You are sure of it because
in your soul you know that we are all connected. Yes, we are individuals,
responsible for our own judgments and in possession of our own free will,
but nonetheless we are part of something larger. Some may call it the
collective unconscious. Others may label it spirit or life force. But
whatever your word of choice, you gain confidence from knowing that we are
not isolated from one another or from the earth and the life on it. This
feeling of Connectedness implies certain responsibilities. If we are all
part of a larger picture, then we must not harm others because we will be
harming ourselves We must not exploit because we will be exploiting
ourselves. Your awareness of these responsibilities creates your value system.
You are considerate,
caring, and accepting. Certain of the unity of humankind, you are a bridge
builder for people of different cultures. Sensitive to the invisible hand,
you can give others comfort that there is a purpose beyond our humdrum
lives. The exact articles of your faith will depend on your upbringing and
your culture, but your faith is strong. It sustains you and your close
friends in the face of life’s mysteries.
You are fascinated by ideas. What is an idea? An idea is a concept, the best
explanation of the most events. You are delighted when you discover beneath
the complex surface an elegantly simple concept to explain why things are
the way they are. An idea is a connection. Yours is the kind of mind that is
always looking for connections, and so you are intrigued when seemingly
disparate phenomena can be linked by an obscure connection. An idea is a new
perspective on familiar challenges. You revel in taking the world we all
know and turning it around so we can view it from a strange but strangely
enlightening angle. You love all these ideas because they are profound,
because they are novel, because they are clarifying, because they are
contrary, because they are bizarre. For all these reasons you derive a jolt
of energy whenever a new idea occurs to you. Others may label you creative
or original or conceptual or even smart. Perhaps you are all of these. Who
can be sure? What you are sure of is that ideas are thrilling. And on most
days this is enough.
Woo stands for winning others over. You enjoy the challenge of meeting new
people and getting them to like you. Strangers are rarely intimidating to
you. On the contrary, strangers can be energizing. You are drawn to them.
You want to learn their names, ask them questions, and find some area of
common interest so that you can strike up a conversation and build rapport.
Some people shy away from starting up conversations because they worry about
running out of things to say. You don’t. Not only are you rarely at a loss
for words; you actually enjoy initiating with strangers because you derive
satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection. Once that
connection is made, you are quite happy to wrap it up and move on. There are
new people to meet, new rooms to work, new crowds to mingle in. In your
world there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met yet-lots of them.
Relator describes your attitude toward your relationships. In simple terms,
the Relator theme pulls you toward people you already know. You do not
necessarily shy away from meeting new people-in fact, you may have other
themes that cause you to enjoy the thrill of turning strangers into
friends-but you do derive a great deal of pleasure and strength from being
around your close friends. You are comfortable with intimacy. Once the
initial connection has been made, you deliberately encourage a deepening of
the relationship. You want to understand their feelings, their goals, their
fears, and their dreams; and you want them to understand yours. You know
that this kind of closeness implies a certain amount of risk-you might be
taken advantage of-but you are willing to accept that risk. For you a
relationship has value only if it is genuine. And the only way to know that
is to entrust yourself to the other person. The more you share with each
other, the more you risk together. The more you risk together, the more each
of you proves your caring is genuine. These are your steps toward real
friendship, and you take them willingly.