My (Gallup) Strengths

I enjoy psychometric tests. I enjoy the process of taking them and I like to read what they say. I think that how I answer questions will differ depending on my focus at any one time but I still find them interesting and thought provoking.

Update: Phil has commented about how test results are used. What do you think about psychometric tests?

Some time ago I took the Clifton (Gallup) Strengths finder. Here are my top six strengths according to the test results.

1. Relator – People who are especially talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.
2. 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.
3. Empathy – 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.
4. Intellection – People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.
5. Futuristic – People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their vision of the future.
6. Developer – People who are especially talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.

#NowReading Don’t Just Do Something Stand There! (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2007)

Don’t Just Do Something Stand There! Ten Principles for Leading Meetings That Matter

Book Cover - Don't Just Do Something Stand There! Ten Principles for leading Meetings That MatterI only recently discovered Marvin and Sandra and so now I am catching up on their thinking. So far the approach described in this book, Don’t Just Do Something Stand There! Ten Principles for Leading Meetings That Matter¬†fits very well with the way that I feel about group work. I look forward to sharing what I have learned from the book.

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My stroke story

In September 2011, at the age of 41 I found myself in a hospital bed with a very unattractive haircut, a tube coming out of my head, and no memory of the previous ten days.

My last real memory was of being violently sick and deciding to go into accident and emergency at around midnight on Sunday 4th September. The week before I had complained of a strange headache. All of my previous memories were and are intact.