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What are you good at?

What are you good at?

Do you know what you are good at? I mean, really good at. I’m not talking about your athletic performance, or your skills in the kitchen. I’m talking about what makes you tick. Those things that are an inherent part of what makes you you? The things that come as naturally as breathing to you. That’s what you’re good at.

I had the opportunity to spend a day at Gallup last week to talk about their Strengths Finder assessment. We are starting a TEAMMates chapter in our school district and we will be a Strengths-based chapter, meaning all of our mentors and mentees will take the assessment and based on the results, so we can start helping kids (and mentors) focus on what comes naturally to them.

In case you aren’t familiar, Gallup released the Clifton Strengthsfinder in 2001. It’s an assessment that gives you your top 5 themes out of 34 strengths themes. Dr. Donald Clifton, former Gallup Chairman, was named the father of Strengths-Based Psychology. He began to delve into positive psychology in the 60’s after he studied abnormal psychology and discovered that everyone was focusing on what was wrong with people. So he began researching what would happen if rather than focus on what people aren’t good at, to start to focus on what they are good at, and discovered that people who focused on honing their strengths were more successful than those who tried to strengthen their weaknesses.  And the idea for the Clifton Strengthsfinder was born.

My brother-in-law worked for Gallup for a few years and while he was there, he gave the whole family the Strengths Finder assessment as a gift. I took the test nearly 10 years ago, and I can say that the results still are extremely accurate in what makes me tick.

While it’s been valuable to know more about me, it’s also been great knowing what about my  husband’s strengths too. Many companies offer the exam to their team in order to understand how each member can contribute to the company based on what comes naturally to them.

Whether you take it for your company or for your own personal knowledge, I know you won’t be disappointed by your strengths!

In case you are wondering, my number one theme is 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.

What is yours?