Do You Know What Your Strengths Are?

I have been on a personal improvement kick. I took the Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 test to learn what my strentghs/talents/themes were. The five themes were Deliberative, Analytical, Maximizer, Relator, and Focus. Out of 34 themes, these are mine. I took a similar test about a year back, and only two of the themes changed, convincing me of the accuracy of these themes.

The Deliberative strength is described as follows:

You are careful. You are vigilant. You are a private person. You know that the world is an unpredictable place. Everything may seem in order, but beneath the surface you sense the many risks. Rather than denying these risks, you draw each one out into the open. Then each risk can be identified, assessed, and ultimately reduced. Thus, you are a fairly serious person who approaches life with a certain reserve. For example, you like to plan ahead so as to anticipate what might go wrong. You select your friends cautiously and keep your own counsel when the conversation turns to personal matters. You are careful not to give too much praise and recognition, lest it be misconstrued. If some people don’t like you because you are not as effusive as others, then so be it. For you, life is not a popularity contest. Life is something of a minefield. Others can run through it recklessly if they so choose, but you take a different approach. You identify the dangers, weigh their relative impact, and then place your feet deliberately. You walk with care.

Sound accurate?

The Author

Sean Oliver

Sean Oliver is a management consultant in Seattle, WA