My StrengthsFinder 2.0 Results

Do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?

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At my organization’s last annual company meeting, the human resources manager gave each employee a copy of StrenghtsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath, whose inside cover asks “Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?” [emphasis theirs].  As I took the 30-minute assessment, I found myself thinking “How the heck does my answer to this question explain anything?”  Yet here are my top five talent themes identified by the Clifton StrengthFinder 2.0 assessment test: Input, Learner, Ideation, Communication, and Significance.

  • Input – People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
  • Learner – People who are especially talented 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.
  • Ideation – People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
  • Communication – People who are especially talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.
  • Significance – People who are especially talented in the Significance theme want to be very important in the eyes of others. They are independent and want to be recognized.

Those descriptions are standard, meaning that anyone else who takes the assessment sees the same descriptions that I did.  However, the assessment also offers personalized recommendations based on analyzing the responses of thousands of other people who have taken the assessment.  There are also 10-step action plans for each theme.  Here are some highlights from my action plans – emphasis is mine.

From Input:

Look for jobs in which you are charged with acquiring new information each day, such as teaching, research, or journalism.

From Learner

As far as possible, shift your career toward a field with constantly changing technologies or regulations. You will be energized by the challenge of keeping up.

From Ideation

Seek a career in which you will be given credit for and paid for your ideas, such as marketing, advertising, journalism, design, or new product development.

From Communication

You will always do well in roles that require you to capture people’s attention. Think about a career in teaching, sales, marketing, ministry, or the media. Your Communication talents are likely to flourish in these areas… If you enjoy writing, consider publishing your work. If you enjoy public speaking, make a presentation at a professional meeting or convention. In either case, your Communication talents will serve to assist you in finding just the right way to frame your ideas and state your purpose. You delight in sharing your thoughts with others, so find the medium that best fits your voice and message… Volunteer for opportunities to present. You can become known as someone who helps people express their thoughts and ambitions in a captivating way.

From Significance

Choose jobs or positions in which you can determine your own tasks and actions. You will enjoy the exposure that comes with independence.

I’ve never taken the Myers-Briggs assessment but did take the DISC assessment many years ago.  Honestly, I did not expect this much alignment between my career and the five talent themes identified by StrengthsFinder 2.0.

I’m grateful for how my career has developed, thankful for the friends I’ve made on the journey, and am looking forward to the future, focusing even more intensely on these strengths.

Achiever, Activator, Adaptability, Analytical, Arranger, Belief, Command, Communication, Competition, Connectedness, Consistency, Context, Deliberative, Developer, Discipline, Empathy, Focus, Futuristic, Harmony, Ideation, Includer, Individualization, Input, Intellection, Learner, Maximizer, Positivity, Relator, Responsibility, Restorative, Self-Assurance, Significance, Strategic, and Woo.  Which five talent themes best describe you?  I hope the StrenthsFinder 2.0 book gives clarity to your career path.

The Possibilities of Text Analytics

A couple of years ago, I pointed a text analytic “toy” called Wordle at my blog to see what I talked about the most.  I decided to see what has changed in two years, so here is the new result from my blog:

It seems that I spend a lot of time applying service packs and fix packs?  Inspired, I decided to put the Everything Xcelsius blog to the test.  Does it really talk about, well, everything Xcelsius?

Sure enough, it really DOES talk about everything Xcelsius.  Xcelsius is clearly the most widely used word.  And I’m sure that everyone over at Everything Xcelsius is super pumped about the upcoming name change to SAP Dashboards…  But I digress…

What about SAP Mentor Dave Rathbun over at  Does he blog incessantly about his chocolate chip cookies (which are really darn good, by the way)?  Or the virtues of Pepsi over Coke?

And lastly, what has everyone’s favorite dashboard and visualization curmudgeon, Stephen Few, been talking about?

If Wordle can visualize a blogger’s thoughts, consider what SAP Text Analysis can do with your customer’s thoughts that you accumulate through web sites, e-mail and social networks.

Business Objects Wordles

Today I was reading a post-debate article in the LA Times concerning last night’s US Vice Presidential debate between Senator Joe Biden and Governor Sarah Palin. Entitled Palin vs. Biden: A war of Wordles, it featured a web application named Wordle. Wordle, “a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide,” provided a quick visualizaion of the frequency of word use between the two candidates.

Toy? That sounds fun. So here is the result when Wordle examines my Business Objects blog.

Wordle for Business Intelligence