Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Strength Finder; Marcus Buckingham

Richardstep Strength Finder

Your Top 5 Strengths Are:

Input (95%):
People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

Analytical (95%):
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.

Relator (95%):
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.

Ideation (95%):
People strong in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.

Connectedness (90%):
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.

Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham has a very humorous personality, and is a very well spoken expert in the field of studying growth in people. He has a very strong sense of how wrong our culture thinks and acts upon the way we think. What I enjoyed about his presentation was his very lighthearted tone and very practical lessons in how to properly grow. One example was: a child, when receiving his or her report card tends to expect the parents asking about the F instead of asking why the A? Marcus Buckingham believes that when we understand our strengths and further grow in them, we will naturally find out our weaknesses. Weaknesses should certainly be acknowledged but not focused on. We tend to pick at the weaknesses of individuals and encourage those same individuals to do the same. Because of this overly critical mindset, it is natural for growth to become difficult to engage in. There is a new method of psychology, which focuses on strengths opposed to weaknesses. It is becoming very popular because of its apparent effectiveness. Three myths that Marcus pointed out in regards to growing are as follows: as you grow, personality changes, you grow the most in areas of weaknesses, A great team member puts his strengths aside and does whatever it takes to help the team. In order to replace these myths, he also pointed out three truths: as you grow, you become more aware of who you already are, you grow the most in your areas of greatest strength, and finally, a great team member volunteers his strengths for the betterment of his team.

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