Wednesday, August 15, 2007

StrengthsFinder 2.0

For the big annual planning meeting (where we work on personal and company development), we're each going to receive a copy of this book and take the corresponding personality quiz.

It seems like a pretty cool idea in general: instead of focusing on the things you are bad at that would be really difficult to change, it focuses on your strengths and how to work with them to achieve your life's goals. Well that is my interpretation of it (obviously I haven't read the book yet).

The thing is, I'm really nervous. I really like my strengths, and I think I generally use them gracefully, but I don't think they are good (or typical) engineering strengths. Many of my coworkers probably already suspect this. But I don't want them to know for sure. I don't want them to know that I'm not an Acheiver or Deliberative, that I lack Discipline and Responsibility... I am afraid what they will think when they discover that I am a spaz and a dreamer.

2 comments:

Petra said...

Is there a strengths category for "spaz"?

Beth said...

Okay, sissy...people like you help keep the world moving forward, okay? One thing you missed out by not being able to go to visit the #1 son was this talk that Dad and I had about optimism and how that functions in the world.

You know that joke, the glass half-full/half-empty one? Well, for chemists (like me), the glass is full because it's half air, half water, and for engineers (like you), the glass is twice as big as it should be.

Okay, not so reassuring. But anyways, the point I really wanted to make is that spazzes and dreamers go out and do the things that 99% of the world doesn't think can happen, because they have the guts to try.

amirite? yeah, I think I am.