Through the Prism

After passing through the prism, each refraction contains some pure essence of the light, but only an incomplete part. We will always experience some aspect of reality, of the Truth, but only from our perspectives as they are colored by who and where we are. Others will know a different color and none will see the whole, complete light. These are my musings from my particular refraction.

12.19.2013

My Strengths Test Results

This is an imitation test of something that some of the people in my workplace have been doing lately, something I found online for free that looks pretty similar to the real thing.  The relevant links:

The free imitation test

The real thing

A bit more detail (from the "about" sections of the videos; some are better than others) about my top five, then my full results follow:

People strong in Intellection need to schedule time to just sit and ponder. Intellection people almost have a physical need to stop and think. Sometimes for hours at a time. Do Not mistake their sitting still as not working. The fact is they are working hard at figuring out solutions to what they are thinking about.

People strong in Ideation love ideas and discussing them. They are often drawn to concepts that help explain events in life. They are intrigued by the"Bizarre" and life around them. Ideas, Ideas, Ideas. Ideation have never met an Idea they haven't liked yet. Ideas, Ideas, Ideas.

People strong in Learner are in love with the process of learning. They almost have a physical need to be learning something new at all times. The fun thing is what they learn may mean nothing to anyone but themselves. Learners are fun.

People strong in Belief have an unshakable core value system. Rock solid people that can appear stubborn and unbending. Discover if you have Belief by taking the Strengthsfinder self assessment.

The Analytical talent theme is just what it sounds like. This person is very good at analyzing data.

Strengths Test Results:

What is a Strength? Strengths are people's naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied. The more dominant a theme is in a person, the greater the theme's impact on that person's behavior and performance.

The Strengths Ranked Test measures the presence of 34 Strengths themes. The themes have unique names such as Maximizer, Achiever, and Learner.

You’ll find your strengths and weaknesses as a step towards a better you. These questions and results were crafted by data in the Gallup / Clifton Strengths themed books. This test doesn´t guarantee the results will match the Gallup test, but It could be pretty close. Either way, the results are useful.

The Free Strengths Ranked Test Report contains: The Strengths rank, a description of each of the Strengths, your score (maximum 100), and a video explanation of each of the Strengths.

Your Strengths are: (from highest to lowest)

Rank Strengths Description Score Video explanation
1 Intellection People strong in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions. 98 Click Me
2 Ideation People strong in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena. 84 Click Me
3 Learner People strong in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them. 84 Click Me
4 Belief People strong in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life. 84Click Me
5 Analytical People strong in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation. 78Click Me
6 Input People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information. 76Click Me
7 Self-Assurance People strong in the Self-assurance theme feel confident in their ability to manage their own lives. They possess an inner compass that gives them confidence that their decisions are right. 76Click Me
8 Responsibility People strong in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty. 73Click Me
9 Communication People strong in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters. 73Click Me
10 Relator People who are strong in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal. 73Click Me
11 Discipline People strong in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create. 71Click Me
12 Includer People strong in the Inclusiveness theme are accepting of others. They show awareness of those who feel left out, and make an effort to include them. 71Click Me
13 Focus People strong in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act. 71Click Me
14 Deliberative People strong in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles. 69Click Me
15 Fairness People strong in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They try to treat everyone in the world fairly by setting up clear rules and adhering to them. 69Click Me
16 Developer People strong in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements. 64Click Me
17 Restorative People strong in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it. 64Click Me
18 Activator People strong in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient. 64Click Me
19 Context People strong in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history. 60Click Me
20 Individualization People strong in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively. 60Click Me
21 Empathy People strong in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others' lives or others' situations. 60Click Me
22 Achiever People strong in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive. 58Click Me
23 Harmony People strong in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don't enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement. 58Click Me
24 Maximizer People strong in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb. 58Click Me
25 Conectedness People strong in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason. 56Click Me
26 Futuristic People strong in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future. 56Click Me
27 Command People strong in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions. 53Click Me
28 Significance People strong in the Significance theme want to be very important in the eyes of others. They are independent and want to be recognized. 53Click Me
29 Arranger People strong in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity. 49Click Me
30 Strategic 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. 49Click Me
31 Adaptability People strong in the Adaptability theme prefer to 'go with the flow.' They tend to be 'now' people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time. 49Click Me
32 Competition People strong in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests. 44Click Me
33 Positivity 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. 44Click Me
34 Woo 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. 31Click Me

The results included a link at the bottom about Strengths Based Leadership that led to what follows.  I find my result, Strategic Thinking, completely unsurprising.

Strengths Based Leadership


In Strengths Based Leadership, authors Tom Rath and Barry Conchie discovered in their research that there are four domains of leadership strength -- executing, influencing, relationship building, and strategic thinking -- and all are critical to the overall effective functioning of a leadership group.

ExecutingTeam members who have a dominant strength in the Executing domain are those whom you turn to time and again to implement a solution. These are the people who will work tirelessly to get something done. People who are strong in the Executing domain have an ability to take an idea and transform it into reality within the organization they lead.

Influencing
People who are innately good at influencing are always selling the team's ideas inside and outside the organization. When you need someone to take charge, speak up, and make sure your group is heard, look to someone with the strength to influence.

Relationship Building
Relationship builders are the glue that holds a team together. Strengths associated with bringing people together -- whether it is by keeping distractions at bay or keeping the collective energy high -- transform a group of individuals into a team capable of carrying out complex projects and goals.

Strategic Thinking
Those who are able to keep people focused on "what they could" be are constantly pulling a team and its members into the future. They continually absorb and analyze information and help the team make better decisions.

The StrengthsFinder themes are organized into the Leadership Themes as follows:

EXECUTING INFLUENCING RELATIONSHIPSTRATEGIC THINKING
  • Achiever
  • Arranger
  • Belief
  • Consistency
  • Deliberative
  • Discipline
  • Focus
  • Responsibility
  • Restorative
  • Activator
  • Command
  • Communication
  • Competition
  • Maximizer
  • Self-Assurance
  • Significance
  • Woo
  • Adaptability
  • Developer
  • Connectedness
  • Empathy
  • Harmony
  • Includer
  • Individualization
  • Positivity
  • Relator
  • Analytical
  • Context
  • Futuristic
  • Ideation
  • Input
  • Intellection
  • Learner
  • Strategic

Source: Press Release for Strengths Based Leadership, Copyright © Gallup Press, January 2009

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