Per my friend John Carmack’s suggestion, I took the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment. While I don’t take results such as these or a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to be scientific fact, I think they are generally backed by some useful observations.
What I like about this approach is the way it focuses on individuals’ natural talents and seems more positive than dwelling on the deficiencies. It seems if this was a more common approach, we could better specialize and coordinate our efforts in more effective ways.
Of the 34 themes presented, the survey presents your “Top 5” with some suggestions of how to better harness your natural tendencies. My “Top 5” are:
Yes, you do have to buy the book to get access to the online assessment, but it’s not terribly expensive or time-consuming. If you decide to take it, I’d be interested in hearing your results.