Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Who I am.

A few weeks ago we had a staff development day in our college. As part of the day, we were asked to take a strengths inventory based on the books Strength Finders 2.0 and Strengths Based Leadership and attend a workshop. The idea is to find out what you are good at and develop those strengths rather than working to develop the areas in which you fall short.

My strengths were:

  1. Positivity: I generally have a positive outlook on life and look for the best in people.
  2. Includer: I enjoy meeting new people and am quick to include them in the groups I am part of.
  3. Achiever: I am quick to act, like to feel engaged in my activities, focus on processes and like to accomplish things. I am a list person. I have eleven years worth of notebooks to prove it.
  4. Competition: I like to win in situations that are important to me. No surprise here.
  5. Futuristic: I am a goal setter and love to talk with visionary people.
I love personality profiles like this. I've done DISC and Myers-Briggs and going through this exercise was just as interesting. How could a quick inventory do such a good job at describing me?

It was even more interesting when a friend described who she was on her blog this week and asked who 'we' were.

Too often I tie my answer to that question to the roles I am playing at the moment. Just look at my blog header. So I am going to use what I learned from Strength Finders and answer her question without thinking about the roles I am currently playing. My roles are not what define me. It's who I am at my core that defines me and those attributes shine through in all of the roles I play.

am happy.
like to try and succeed at new things.
like making people feel more comfortable in any given situation.
am always looking to the future.
like to control what I can.
always try to find the bright spot.
am structured.
am versatile.
am a life-long learner.
am creative.
am emotional.
am a builder.
am a good listener.
am faithful.

The second part of my friend's post described what she wasn't. In concert with Strength Finders, I am not going to focus on what I'm not. That list is way too long and it will make me feel bad about myself and quite overwhelmed. I know I am far from perfect so I'll just try harder to build on what I am.


  1. I agree with all of your attributes!! I must say that I, too, am a list person; however, I do NOT have 11 notebooks to prove it!

  2. You are someone who inspired me to schedule my summer and put it on the fridge.

    You are not someone who likes play-doh! :)

    You are someone that I feel very lucky to have in my life!

    Great lists!

  3. Aww! Thanks Nicole! I may not like play-doh but I did discover Crayola Model Magic. It's so cool. It's on my list of fun summer mom things to do!

  4. This is great Amy! You always keep me encouraged and positive. I don't think Sara has made a list yet...