What is your favorite professional/personal strengthens quiz, tool, or book?

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Adam Stahl

I like to say that I put the "information" in information technology.

Good morning all,

What's your favorite or go-to quiz/tool/book for learning more about your professional or personal strengths?

I've had an interest in diving into this more but it seems like there's so many out there that I'm not sure where to start.

All suggestions welcome but free is always a good thing in this regard and preferably things that are a bit more insightful than say a Buzzfeed "Which Hogwarts House Are You?" quiz (you know, the ones that go something like: "Q: How do you handle this situation? A: 1. Bravely  2. Intelligently  3. Yellow  4. Like a snake").
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Erica Rulevish
Not a quiz or a tool, but I actually think the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking is a must-read for everyone.

This book really dives into the differences between introverts, extroverts and also people who are a little bit of both. I think it's great for a number of reasons:

  • It helps you understand who you are, what your personality type is and how you can turn your personality type into a personal strength.
  • It helps you understand why people with other personality types act a certain way and display different behaviors, even in the workplace.

As an introvert who's often forced to act like an extrovert, this book was seriously eye-opening for me. I don't want to give too much away, but I highly recommend it to literally everyone, lol. 

Plus, now that I'm looking at the StrengthsFinder website, I think using a combination of both could be very beneficial for any organization. 

Hope this helps :) 
Adam Stahl
Thanks for the suggestion  Erica Rulevish  ! Those insights would be great and I love that there's the "this is who you are" then "and this is how you turn that into a strength" aspect to it.
Carina Duffy
We recently did StrengthsFinder as a company and I personally loved it - I would recommend getting the book (that comes with a free code to take the assessment) to really be able to apply learnings from the assessment.

I am currently a big Enneagram fan (I think this was the free assessment I took but I am such an obvious 3 I didn't really need it... lol) for both personal and professional applications.

One that I haven't heard much about but that I really enjoyed getting into several years ago was the 7 Fascination Languages. They have "archetypes" based on your top two languages which I found really interesting (my top two are Power and Prestige, which makes me either The Victor or The Maestro - although I think mine might be different ow that it's been a few years and I'm in a much different place!).

Can you tell I love this stuff?? :D
Connor DeLaney
+100 for StrengthFinder. Being able to compare our team's strengths has made a serious difference in how we work together as well as how I view what I'm good at and where I can improve. Great exercise :) 
Adam Stahl
Wow, thank you Carina Duffy ! I hadn't heard of any of those so this is awesome!

I'm digging the vibe in the vocabulary used in the 7 Fascination Languages 😄
Carina Duffy
And if you really want to know more about me: https://www.crystalknows.com/enneagram/type-3/wing-2 :D
Adam Stahl
That's comprehensive and also I appreciate how direct many of those suggestions/findings are.

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