Thursday, March 7, 2013

My Top 5 Strengths

I am a total and complete nerd. In college, I was a Leadership Studies minor. I lapped up everything I learned, I was that girl who raised her hand anxious to answer questions and ask them in return. I then taught the LEAD212 class - Intro. to Leadership - LOVED it. Seriously.

I learned about my Top 5 Strengths. This Gallup StrengthsFinder is s a 30 min. online assessment. According to the website, "After you take the Clifton StrengthsFinder, you'll receive a customized report that lists your top five talent themes, along with action items for development and suggestions about how you can use your talents to achieve academic, career, and personal success."

So here are my Top 5 Themes:

Screen shot 2013-03-06 at 3.26.34 PMTo anyone that knows me this shouldn't really be a surprise. Straight from Gallup, someone that has positivity acts like this - "Instinctively, you support the people around you by acknowledging their outstanding accomplishments and stellar performances." I DO THIS. I also try really hard to make the best of any situation, and find what makes each person unique.  I speak my mind, and really enjoy feeling like I contributed to a project. I say THANK YOU a million times. I also send thank you notes like it's my job.  I fully believe in my Top 5 Strengths, and the strengths theory tells us to embrace our strengths and not work on our weaknesses. So since I don't have the Restorative theme, (People who are especially talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it), I'm certainly not going to try to be that person. Instead I'll encourage myself and my friends with positive words and hopefully the problem will resolve itself.

I read this blog from Black Gold Farms earlier today. It says there's no repeat button in farming. That just because something worked well this year, doesn't mean it will next year.

"We know that we cannot just do what we did last year and expect the same outcome. Instead, we take what we’ve learned, we take what our and our customers’ exceptions are, and we work toward a common goal. The plans, the dates, the acres, the crops, the people, the equipment, the market conditions – have all changed since last year. So we hit some parts of the Repeat button, but we also press the Control button, or the Shift button. Sometimes we even hit the Delete button – because we can only control so much and shift our plans so much and we can only depend on so much being the same as last year. There is no Repeat button in farming."

I couldn't say it better myself. I think that's what draws me to this industry. In agriculture we're always seeking improvement, finding better ways to do things (more efficient, quicker, cheaper, better for the environment, etc.). I LOVE THAT. My strengths get to go crazy in this industry. I think that by communicating the problem, trying to maximizing the situation, remaining positive even after a bad year, offering our input and individualizing to each producer's needs - BOOM. Problem solved. Well sorta. At least that's a start. Thanks to everyone else with different strengths, so we can be productive!

Have you ever done a StrengthsFinder? Do you agree with your results?




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