Strengths

My faith in God is strong and I am sensitive to the Invisible Hand. I am family-oriented, altruistic and spiritual. I believe everyone is a literal child of God and there is purpose to this life. I strive to be meek and humble. I find meaning in life and am happier when I am able to dedicate myself to things of importance. I prefer reasonable explanations and it is my nature is to search for facts and use data to understand life as I live and know it. I value high ethics and believe success is more than money and prestige. You will know where I stand and I am easy to trust. I strive to make the world a better place than I found it.

I am responsible. I take psychological ownership for anything I commit to doing. I do not pretend to be someone I am not and I find excuses and rationalizations unacceptable. I am dependable and have impeccable ethics and am honest with myself and others. I easily and readily acknowledge my mistakes and shortcomings. I will get the task done, but if not I will do all I can to make it right. I dislike unfinished work.

I am sensitive to the emotion of those around me, and have the ability to understand others and see the world though their eyes. I am drawn to help cheer up those who feel excluded. It is important to me to develop positive relationship and connections. I like to build rapport with others, even strangers. I am open and honest with my life and have nothing to hide. I enjoy sharing the details of my life to help others feel comfortable with me.

Strengths Finder

When I was working for Flowserve in 2014, I had a new boss and he had his team read Strengths Finder 2.0. Now it is 2020, I have a new and exciting career, and have an opportunity to begin anew. With new energy, I remembered the old Strengths Finder test and pulled up those results so to reflect and find better way to capitalize on what I am good at to help live my best life.

What I Hope People See In Me:

  • My faith is strong

  • I am sensitive to the Invisible Hand

  • I give others comfort that there is a purpose

  • I inspire generosity

  • I am a "bridge builder"

  • I search for facts and supporting data, and prefer reasonable explanations.

  • I am meek and humble, as humility is the essence of connectedness


How To Use This Strength To Help?

  • Help people see connection and purpose in everyday occurrences

  • Put connectedness into practice by starting a book club, attending a retreat, guiding people on adventures.

  • Help colleagues understand how their efforts fit in the larger picture.

  • Break down silos and encourage shared knowledge

  1. CONNECTEDNESS

Things happen for a reason. You are sure of it. You are sure of it because in your soul you know that we are all connected. Yes, we are individuals, responsible for our own judgments and in possession of our own free will, but nonetheless we are part of something larger. Some may call it the collective unconscious. Others may label it spirit or life force. But whatever your word of choice, you gain confidence from knowing that we are not isolated from one another or from the earth and the life on it. This feeling of Connectedness implies certain responsibilities. If we are all part of a larger picture, then we must not harm others because we will be harming ourselves. We must not exploit because we will be exploiting ourselves. Your awareness of these responsibilities creates your value system. You are considerate, caring, and accepting. Certain of the unity of humankind, you are a bridge builder for people of different cultures. Sensitive to the invisible hand, you can give others comfort that there is a purpose beyond our humdrum lives. The exact articles of your faith will depend on your upbringing and your culture, but your faith is strong. It sustains you and your close friends in the face of life’s mysteries.


People who are especially talented 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.

YOUR PERSONALIZED STRENGTHS INSIGHTS What makes you stand out? Instinctively, you conclude that your life is more meaningful and you are happier when you can dedicate yourself to something of importance to humankind. It can be something simple rather than something grand. You sense your acts of kindness influence individuals to perform good deeds. You are likely to inspire generosity in many people. It’s very likely that you sometimes feel a particular yearning to control your life, and to leave your mark on the world. To some extent, you know you are somehow linked to every human being on the planet. This partially explains why you sense whatever you choose to do or not do affects them just as their choices eventually affect you. You might feel you are walking a tightrope between wanting to be totally independent and knowing you need others to survive. Because of your strengths, you sometimes experience an unexplainable yet natural link with some people. Perhaps this is a common occurrence with certain individuals, particularly those whose talents, limitations, interests, goals, needs, or fears are known to you. Chances are good that you occasionally help people realize they are part of the human family. With your guidance, perhaps they understand that their lives are intertwined with people they will never meet. By nature, you occasionally search for pertinent facts or data to reconstruct the chain of events that produced a specific problem or opportunity. opportunity. Perhaps you prefer reasonable explanations. You might reject the notion that fate, chance, or luck rule your life.

2. RESPONSIBILITY

Your Responsibility theme forces you to take psychological ownership for anything you commit to, and whether large or small, you feel emotionally bound to follow it through to completion. Your good name depends on it. If for some reason you cannot deliver, you automatically start to look for ways to make it up to the other person. Apologies are not enough. Excuses and rationalizations are totally unacceptable. You will not quite be able to live with yourself until you have made restitution. This conscientiousness, this near obsession for doing things right, and your impeccable ethics, combine to create your reputation: utterly dependable. When assigning new responsibilities, people will look to you first because they know it will get done. When people come to you for help—and they soon will—you must be selective. Your willingness to volunteer may sometimes lead you to take on more than you should.


People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.

YOUR PERSONALIZED STRENGTHS INSIGHTS What makes you stand out? It’s very likely that you feel life is best when you are truthful about your talents, skills, education, successes, experiences, or background. You are determined to dispel illusions you have about yourself and others have about you. This is likely to be one of your top priorities. As long as you do not pretend to be someone you are not, you are a happier and healthier human being. Chances are good that you are impelled to deliver on all of your commitments. You are determined to meet all of your obligations. Doing so is your badge of honor. It is one reason why people describe you as trustworthy and dependable. Driven by your talents, you often argue that people should be held to the highest moral standards. You insist that those who break the law be required to accept the consequences of their deeds. You have little sympathy for people who are caught in the act of taking things that do not belong to them. By nature, you have a strong sense of commitment. It motivates you to make sure that things are carried through to completion even when difficulties arise. Instinctively, you are quite comfortable being honest about yourself with others. You harbor very few illusions about who you really are. Furthermore, you can openly acknowledge your mistakes and shortcomings. This is apt to distinguish you from most people.

WHAT I HOPE PEOPLE SEE IN ME:

  • I take psychological ownership for anything I commit to.

  • Excuses and rationalizations are totally unacceptable

  • I have impeccable ethics.

  • I am dependable.

  • I will get it done.

  • I do not pretend to be someone that I am not.

  • I am honest about myself with others.

  • I readily acknowledge my mistakes and shortcomings.

HOW TO USE THIS STRENGTH TO HELP?

  • Desire to be held fully accountable for the success and failures of the projects I am working on.

  • Have intense dislike for unfinished work.

  • I make it right if a commitment is not met.

  • I thrive on responsibility.

  • I can be trusted to get it done.

WHAT I HOPE PEOPLE SEE IN ME:

  • I have a strong enduring core values

  • I am family-oriented, altruistic and spiritual

  • I value responsibility and high ethics

  • success is more than money and prestige

  • I am dependable and you "know where I stand"

  • I am easy to trust

  • I make the world a better place than I found it

HOW TO USE THIS STRENGTH TO HELP?

  • Remind others why their work is important why their work makes a difference in their lives and the lives of others

  • Speak to the hearts of people.

  • Share with others your purpose statement.

  • Ensure that I am balancing work and personal life

3. Belief

If you possess a strong Belief theme, you have certain core values that are enduring. These values vary from one person to another, but ordinarily your Belief theme causes you to be family-oriented, altruistic, even spiritual, and to value responsibility and high ethics—both in yourself and others. These core values affect your behavior in many ways. They give your life meaning and satisfaction; in your view, success is more than money and prestige. They provide you with direction, guiding you through the temptations and distractions of life toward a consistent set of priorities. This consistency is the foundation for all your relationships. Your friends call you dependable. “I know where you stand,” they say. Your Belief makes you easy to trust. It also demands that you find work that meshes with your values. Your work must be meaningful; it must matter to you. And guided by your Belief theme it will matter only if it gives you a chance to live out your values.


People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.

YOUR PERSONALIZED STRENGTHS INSIGHTS What makes you stand out? Because of your strengths, you value financial security, but you refuse to think about it as much as many people do. You measure the quality of your life in less tangible but more meaningful ways. You place a higher priority on spending time with family and friends than working overtime to make extra money. You prefer a simple, less costly vacation to an expensive trip. You treasure a gift someone made for you more than a costly present purchased at an upscale, trendy store. Chances are good that you place more importance on the purpose and value of what you do than on the monetary rewards that accompany success. Instinctively, you may choose to live your life in a way that benefits individuals or groups. Perhaps you are motivated to make the world a better place than you found it. To some extent, your ideals and core values influence how you spend your time or use your talents. You might have a deep and abiding concern for individuals who are struggling in some way. By nature, you have clearly defined principles that set the tone for your life and influence your behavior. They reflect who and what is most important to you. They guide your decision-making. As a result, the people with whom you live, work, and study can usually predict what you will say or do. Driven by your talents, you refuse to be blinded by others’ enthusiasm about what is possible. You are hardwired to isolate the issues that lie ahead. Working with overly optimistic people is difficult for you. You have seen them accidentally derail more than one promising project or unwittingly sabotage more than one inventive, yet undeveloped, idea.

4. Empathy

You can sense the emotions of those around you. You can feel what they are feeling as though their feelings are your own. Intuitively, you are able to see the world through their eyes and share their perspective. You do not necessarily agree with each person’s perspective. You do not necessarily feel pity for each person’s predicament—this would be sympathy, not Empathy. You do not necessarily condone the choices each person makes, but you do understand. This instinctive ability to understand is powerful. You hear the unvoiced questions. You anticipate the need. Where others grapple for words, you seem to find the right words and the right tone. You help people find the right phrases to express their feelings—to themselves as well as to others. You help them give voice to their emotional life. For all these reasons other people are drawn to you.


People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.

YOUR PERSONALIZED STRENGTHS INSIGHTS What makes you stand out? Instinctively, you may be impelled to cheer up those who feel excluded with encouraging words or acts of kindness. Perhaps one of the reasons why you start conversations with outsiders is to make them feel comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings. Maybe your smile, laughter, or friendly disposition gives them a sense of safety. As a result, some timid individuals may decide to share bits and pieces of their life story with you. By nature, you may have quick and ready insights into the moods and emotions of specific individuals. This awareness might enhance your effectiveness as a trainer, guide, or instructor. Perhaps your sensitivity allows you to help certain people express what they are thinking or feeling. Because of your strengths, you might be prone to taking a common-sense approach in certain situations. Possibly you “name” the emotions you believe people are exhibiting. This practice might help you understand what to say or do in situations that demand diplomacy or understanding. It’s very likely that you notice that people feel comfortable telling you their innermost thoughts and feelings. Often you sense the moods of individuals without them having to say a word. As a result, you can ask questions and broach — that is, bring up and introduce — topics with people who are naturally reserved, timid, or shy. Chances are good that you may have an inborn ability for solving puzzles or resolving dilemmas. Perhaps workable solutions become apparent to you when you can concentrate on your own tasks. However, when you must work with a group, you might find it a bit more difficult to reach some of your goals.

WHAT I HOPE PEOPLE SEE IN ME:

  • I can sense the the emotion of those around me.

  • I can see the world through others eyes.

  • I understand.

  • I hear the unvoiced questions and anticipate needs.

  • I am impelled to cheer up those who feel excluded with encouraging words or acts of kindness.

  • I can help others express what they are thinking or feeling.

HOW TO USE THIS STRENGTH TO HELP?

  • Help friend and colleagues be more away when someone is having a difficult time

  • Act quickly and firmly when others behave in a way that is unhealthy for them or others.

  • Serve others as a confidante or mentor.

  • Sensitive to the feelings of others I readily gage the emotional tone of a room. Help forge a bridge of support and mutual understanding.

  • Positively reinforce others achievements.

  • Deliver kind words of appreciation and recognition.

WHAT I HOPE PEOPLE SEE IN ME:

  • I like to build rapport and connection with others, even strangers

  • I am guileless - that is candid and frank.

  • I am open and honest with my life and enjoy sharing the details of my life to help others feel comfortable with me

  • I enjoy engaging strangers

HOW TO USE THIS STRENGHT TO HELP?

  • I deliberately build a network of people who know me

  • I tend to my network by checking in regularly

  • I help put reserved people at ease

  • I can help quicken the pulse of my surroundings and open the doors for greater exchange of ideas.

  • I take performance up a notch by engaging others and bringing talented people together.

5. Woo

Woo stands for winning others over. You enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and getting them to like you. Strangers are rarely intimidating to you. On the contrary, strangers can be energizing. You are drawn to them. You want to learn their names, ask them questions, and find some area of common interest so that you can strike up a conversation and build rapport. Some people shy away from starting up conversations because they worry about running out of things to say. You don’t. Not only are you rarely at a loss for words; you actually enjoy initiating with strangers because you derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection. Once that connection is made, you are quite happy to wrap it up and move on. There are new people to meet, new rooms to work, new crowds to mingle in. In your world there are no strangers, only friends you haven’t met yet—lots of them.


SHARED THEME DESCRIPTION People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.

YOUR PERSONALIZED STRENGTHS INSIGHTS What makes you stand out? Chances are good that you are guileless — that is, candid and frank — about what you think and feel. With ease, you reveal many details regarding your past, your present circumstances, and your future prospects. Many individuals appreciate your plainspoken and open style. You spend little, if any, time pretending you can do or be something you know you cannot. You often win lots of new friends by being completely open about yourself. By nature, you now and again initiate serious discussions or casual chitchat with people you have just met. You might feel confident about your ability to talk with newcomers, outsiders, or strangers. You may recall specific times when this gift contributed to your accomplishments or gave you access to influential people. It’s very likely that you may enjoy drawing strangers into casual chitchat or interesting discussions. Perhaps your even-tempered, non-threatening approach tells outsiders and newcomers you are friendly and cordial. Driven by your talents, you may fill your time with reading when certain friends or special support groups are far away. You might peruse — that is, studiously examine — fiction or nonfiction, newspaper accounts, correspondence, magazine articles, or research papers. This can help you forget the loneliness you might sometimes feel. In the process of pulling together a few insights or bits of information, perhaps you broaden your knowledge base. Because of your strengths, you occasionally like to speak with newcomers to put them at ease. Perhaps your need to make verbal contact intensifies when outsiders first arrive on the scene. Maybe you derive satisfaction from involving them in discussions already in progress or engaging them in casual chitchat.

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