New Generation Personality Test?
Remember the days where personality tests for employment were all the rage? There were the Myers-Briggs test, Birkman, and others. Those I’ve had done for one company or another. I get my results that say I’m analytical, introvert, driven, perceptive, whatever the adjective. I find them interesting, but I don’t let the labels rule my life. I see them as a tool for becoming a better, more rounded person.
Recently, before changing jobs, I picked up a copy of this book: First, Break all the Rules. I started reading it and got about halfway through it before it got lost in the midst of the house remodel. Can’t find it now. What it talks about is how failure of a company – the bleeding of employee turnover and poor performance and more – can be almost directly attributed to management. Of course, there’s much more to it, but that’s what I got from it to the point I put it down.
Do I hear a collective “Duh”? How many of us in the corporate world already know this? It’s refreshing to see it articulated and in print by one of the leading survey companies, Gallup.
Imagine my surprise when our company’s recent employee survey included the survey questions from this book. The questions came out of the results of this survey, if I recall correctly. Since I believe in what this book says, I was happy to see that my company is embracing this as well. Just another sign that I made the right choice.
Now, Gallup has a new book and tool: Strength Finder 2.0 My company gave each of us a book, which has an individual access code so you can take the online test and find your top five strengths.
Here’s what makes this different from other tests I’ve taken – the focus is on your strengths, not your weaknesses. They proclaim that our culture (speaking for Americans) is to focus on what’s wrong with us, and what we need to always improve upon. That’s just so contrary to my natural way of thinking. I resist vehemently when people try to tell me what I am failing at. It serves no purpose to focus on the negative. It is wasted energy. Why not focus on the positive? What do you do well? Do more of it. I’m not a good cook, so why waste time trying to improve in an area that I dislike? There are other alternatives. So focus on the things that I am good at?
Personality test for the new millenium. Works for me. Refreshingly positive. I took the test. I liked what it said. It doesn’t define who I am, but it helps me stay focused on the positive. Intuitively, I think I’ve known much of this most of my life.