Strengths Finder 2.0

This is pretty interesting. Has anyone taken this for work or for your own self awareness purposes?


  • People with strong Positivity talents are generous with praise, quick to smile, and always on the lookout for the upside of the situation.
  • They bring enthusiasm to people, groups, and organizations.
  • They can stimulate others to be more productive and hopeful. They always seem to find a way to lighten the spirits of those around them.
  • They are optimistic, hopeful, and fun-loving. They celebrate every achievement. They find ways to make everything more exciting and more vital.
  • ITS POWER AND EDGE There is power in Positivity. People with dominant Positivity talents have an infectious energy and enthusiasm. Simply stated, everyone feels better about life when they are around.

IF POSITIVITY IS A DOMINANT THEME FOR YOU: IF POSITIVITY IS A LESSER THEME FOR YOU: Direct your energy to help others see that there is always a silver lining. • You tend to be more enthusiastic and energetic than most people. When others become discouraged or are reluctant to take risks, your attitude will provide the impetus to keep them moving. • Deliberately help others see the things that are going well for them. You can keep their eyes on the positive.

• Because people will rely on you to help them rise above their daily frustrations, arm yourself with good stories, jokes, and sayings. Never underestimate the effect that you can have on people. • Increase the recognition you give to others. Try to tailor it to each person’s need. • Explain that your enthusiasm is not simple naiveté. You know that bad things can happen; you simply prefer to focus on the good things. Pessimists might superficially seem wiser; they might even sometimes be right — but they are rarely happy.

The opposite of Positivity is not negativity, but rather a more balanced approach. Lacking the intensity of the Positivity theme likely means that you might not be as effusive in your support or praise.

• Ask the people around you to identify successes that individuals or teams have enjoyed recently. This technique will help you identify praiseworthy areas that you may have overlooked.

• Among your top themes, find those that enable you to bring other forms of emotional energy to the situation. Achiever, Competition, and Significance talents can provide energy and drive in a similar way that Positivity talents do for others.

• If you are planning an event where you want to energize people and provide an engaging experience, consider doing structured activities that get people talking to one another, rather than expecting yourself to be the source of energy and fun.

• Allow yourself to be drawn to people with positive energy. Make an effort to spend more time with them.

ACTIVATOR- PEOPLE EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED IN THE ACTIVATOR THEME CAN MAKE THINGS HAPPEN BY TURNING THOUGHTS INTO ACTION. THEY ARE OFTEN IMPATIENT. “When can we start?” This is a recurring question for Activators. People with strong Activator talents are impatient for action. They may concede that analysis has its uses or that debate and discussion can occasionally yield some valuable insights, but deep down they know that only action is real. Once a decision is made, they must act. Others may worry that “there are still some things we don’t know,” but this doesn’t seem to slow Activators down. They make a decision, take action, look at the result, and learn. The bottom line is this: Activators know they will be judged not by what they say or what they think, but by what they get done. This does not frighten them. It energizes them. ITS POWER AND EDGE Activators are catalysts who get things started. They naturally see how to turn ideas into action. As a result, they make things happen.

Their energy can be contagious and engaging.

If you have an important project or talented group that simply needs a “jump start,” find an Activator — they will bring energy and instant momentum. IF ACTIVATOR IS A DOMINANT THEME FOR YOU: IF ACTIVATOR IS A LESSER THEME FOR YOU: Be the catalyst. Think it through, and then get going.

• Your drive to make things happen can be the push that many groups need to move from discussion to action. Make it your role in meetings to ask for action items before the group dismisses.

• Seek work in which you can make your own decisions and act upon them. In particular, look for start-up or turn-around situations.

• When insights or revelations occur, record them so you can act on them at the proper time.

• When you feel the itch to make a move, pause for a moment to ask yourself why you want action. If you can articulate that to others, they are more likely to get behind you. • Recognize that your “pushiness” might sometimes intimidate others. If you lack the intensity of Activator talents, it does not mean you lack initiative, fire, or the ability to get things started. Rather, you might be someone who prefers to consider actions carefully before taking them.

• Ensure that you are operating in areas of familiarity or expertise if immediate action is required.

• Know the best way to prepare yourself to take action. Consider the significant decisions you’ve made in your life and determine what steps you went through to feel ready to take action.

Did you talk to others first to get their opinions? Did you research the topic area thoroughly?

Did you systematically evaluate different scenarios and obstacles? • Among your top themes, find those that help you get things started. Responsibility, Belief, or Includer talents may provide the spark of initiative for you in the same way Activator talents do for others.

• Sometimes you may have to set a reasonable standard for yourself and just do it.


People with strong Input talents are inquisitive. They always want to know more. They crave information. They like to collect certain things, such as ideas, books, memorabilia, quotations, or facts. Whatever they collect, they do it because it interests them. They find many things interesting and have a natural curiosity. The world is exciting precisely because of its infinite variety and complexity. A few minutes of surfing the Internet may turn into hours once their curiosity takes off. They constantly acquire, compile, and file things away. Their pursuits keep their minds fresh. And they know that one day some of the information or things they have gathered will prove valuable. ITS POWER AND EDGE People with strong Input talents bring tools that can facilitate growth and performance. They love to provide relevant and tangible help to others. Their resourcefulness and curiosity lead them to store knowledge that can be culled and shared.

IF INPUT IS A DOMINANT THEME FOR YOU: IF INPUT IS A LESSER THEME FOR YOU: Always explore; always be curious. • Identify your areas of specialization and actively seek more information about them.

• Make time to read books and articles that stimulate you. Schedule regular time to do this.

• Deliberately increase your vocabulary. Intentionally collect new words and learn their meanings.

• You likely enjoy reading the dictionary and the encyclopedia — this might seem strange to some people, but for someone like you it is a good way to strengthen your self-concept.

• Devise a system to store and easily locate information. This can be as simple as a file for all the articles you have clipped or as sophisticated as a computer database. • Identify situations in which you can share the information you have collected with other people.

• Accept that you will never feel that you know enough. If you lack the intensity of the Input theme, it does not prevent you from being curious or acquiring important information or knowledge. It likely indicates you are more selective about the types of information you seek and acquire.

• Among your top themes, find those that help you absorb and analyze the information you need to make good decisions. Analytical, Context, Deliberative, or Learner talents may help you gather, collect, and remember important information in the same way that Input talents do for others.

• People with high Input talents typically learn through reading. You may learn best through “doing,” so look for opportunities or roles where you can get hands-on experience.

• Be intentional and proactive about adding subject matter experts to your personal network. You do not have to be one yourself, as long as you know who to ask for information.

• Invite others to help you brainstorm and refine ideas when you need to make an important decision. Seek out people who have subject matter experience or interest and different opinions or beliefs than yours. Their collection of information and knowledge can help inform your decision.


People with strong Woo talents enjoy the challenge of encountering new people and gaining their esteem.

They are drawn to meeting new people.

They want to learn others’ names, ask them questions, and find common interests upon which to build rapport.

People with Woo among their top themes can enter a crowd and easily know what to do and say. Some people shy away from starting up conversations because they worry about running out of things to say. People with a lot of Woo do not.

They see no strangers — only friends they haven’t met yet.

ITS POWER AND EDGE People with strong Woo talents bring energy to social situations. They can connect with others and act as catalysts in helping people connect with one another. They have an exceptional ability to draw others out of their shell.

IF WOO IS A DOMINANT THEME FOR YOU: IF WOO IS A LESSER THEME FOR YOU: Spend time every day interacting with numerous people. • Deliberately build your network of acquaintances. Tend to it by checking in with each person at least once a month. • Join local organizations, volunteer for boards, and find ways to get on the social lists of the influential people in your community. • Learn the names of as many people as you can. Build an index of the people you know and add names as you become acquainted. Include a snippet of personal information for each contact — such as his or her birthday, favorite color, hobby, or favorite sports team.

• Stay in touch with your peers in professional organizations. This will help you build your network and increase the number of experienced resources you can tap for help with any issues that arise.

• In social situations, take responsibility for helping put more reserved people at ease. Think about how you meet new people. That Woo is not a dominant theme for you suggests you are likely to be more reserved and move at a slower social pace. It does not mean you can’t or won’t meet new people.

• Among you top themes, find those that help you break the ice and connect with others. For example, Input, Learner, or Relator talents can help you initiate conversations on topics of interest, gather information, or seek out people you can learn from. • Attend meetings or events with people you know. Lean on them to help you connect with others. • Before attending a meeting or event, make a list of current events, questions, or topics that you can leverage as conversation starters. • Partner with gregarious partners or friends. Ask them to help you network. They can introduce you to new people, and through conversation you can deepen the connection.

INCLUDER-PEOPLE EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED IN THE INCLUDER THEME ACCEPT OTHERS. THEY SHOW AWARENESS OF THOSE WHO FEEL LEFT OUT AND MAKE AN EFFORT TO INCLUDE THEM. “Stretch the circle wider.” This is the philosophy on which people with strong Includer talents center their lives.

They want to include people and make them feel like part of the group. They notice people who feel like outsiders or who feel unappreciated and try to reach out and bring them in. They are instinctively accepting of others. Regardless of race, sex, nationality, personality, or faith, Includers cast few judgments. Their accepting nature does not necessarily rest on a belief that each of us is different and that one should respect these differences. Rather, it rests on the conviction that fundamentally we are all the same. We are all equally important. Thus, no one should be ignored. Each of us should be included. ITS POWER AND EDGE

Includers are sensitive to those who are excluded and have an innate desire and capacity to bring them into the group. Their thoughtful approach to others not only increases participation and communication as they ensure everyone is considered, but it also brings a level of tolerance and acceptance of diversity.

IF INCLUDER IS A LESSER THEME FOR YOU: Leverage your Includer talents to shrink the gap between insiders and those on the outside.

• Choose roles in which you are continuously working and interacting with people. You will enjoy the challenge of making everyone feel important.

• Look for opportunities to bring together people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. You can be a leader in this area.

• Help those who are new to a group get to know others. You will be adept at quickly making people feel accepted and involved.

• You naturally look for the best in people. Help your friends and colleagues see what you see.

• Explain what we all have in common. Help others understand that to respect the differences among us (our diversity), we must begin by appreciating what we all share (our similarity).