My Strength's-Woo Hoo!

Since I've been on a job hunt in recent weeks, I've been looking at my Strength Finders Report more often. I did it in 2010 and just today, Shaun Groves blogged about his report and how it helped him to be a better person.

So, I thought I'd repost my strength's according to Strength Finders.

I especially love the last one, Woo, for many reasons but mostly because saying I'm a gifted Wooer, that I'm strong in the "Woo"  department, is just so great.

These all really do describe me perfectly...


People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

By nature, you typically fill your time with reading when friends or special support groups are far away. You peruse — that is, studiously examine — fiction or nonfiction, newspaper accounts, correspondence, magazine articles, or research papers. This helps you forget the loneliness you can feel. In the process of pulling together insights or information, you broaden your knowledge base. Instinctively, you regularly can be found reading. You probably are attracted to books that have short chapters or publications that contain concise articles. You admit that you comprehend the printed word better when you can concentrate on it for short periods of time. Your mind tends to wander when you force yourself to read for an hour or more without taking a break. Chances are good that you pay close attention to what is going on around you. You listen. You quiz people. You read. You probably take notes on key points. As you accumulate lots of information, you disregard what is unrelated, and pay heed to what is really important. The more you reflect on what you know, the more problems begin to reveal themselves, and eventually solutions start taking shape in your mind. Finally, given the situation, you select the best plan from your list of options. It’s very likely that you might enjoy discovering complicated words and committing their meanings to memory. Maybe you are pleased to add a few uncommon terms to your vocabulary. Possibly few things please you more than showcasing bits and pieces of your newfound vocabulary in conversations, discussions, or presentations. Perhaps you are taken aback — that is, surprised and confused — if some people feel threatened by your command of language. Because of your strengths, you acquire knowledge more easily when you can talk with others about ideas, concepts, or theories. Thoughts come alive for you when questions are posed and answers are proposed. You have a delightful time thinking out loud and listening to intelligent people express themselves. You naturally document or store in your mind bits and pieces of discussions. You want to refer back to these insights or facts whenever the opportunity presents itself.


People who are especially talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.

It’s very likely that you assert — that is, declare and affirm — that every person comes into your life for a definite purpose. This explains why you launch into discussions or engage in small talk with people you are meeting for the first time. You really want to figure out why your paths in life have crossed. Chances are good that you hold tightly to your core values. They form the foundation of your day-to-day existence. Your internal moral compass always points in the direction of what is right, proper, and true. You trust your strong convictions to direct you to the right path, regardless of the obstacles you face. Instinctively, you feel very pleased with yourself and life in general when your words and deeds align with your fundamental values. Because of your strengths, you routinely take time to listen to the philosophies of people. You prefer to associate with individuals who share your optimistic outlook on life. You undoubtedly avoid people who complain, gossip, or blame others for their endless misery. By nature, you conclude that your life is more meaningful and you are happier when you can dedicate yourself to something of importance to humankind. It can be something simple rather than something grand. You sense your acts of kindness influence individuals to perform good deeds. You are likely to inspire generosity in many people.


People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

Driven by your talents, you feel wonderful when people value your innovative and original ideas. You are likely to help them envision what can be accomplished in the coming months, years, or decades. It’s very likely that you select the right combination of words to convey your ideas or feelings. In the middle of discussions, your vocabulary provides you with precise phrases and terminology. You probably express yourself with ease and grace. Because of your strengths, you customarily pinpoint the core problems and identify the best solutions. You artfully and skillfully eliminate distractions. This helps people gain a clear understanding of what is happening and why it is happening. You frequently identify ways to transform an obstacle into an opportunity. Instinctively, you are innovative, inventive, original, and resourceful. Your mind allows you to venture beyond the commonplace, the familiar, or the obvious. You entertain ideas about the best ways to reach a goal, increase productivity, or solve a problem. First, you think of alternatives. Then you choose the best option. Chances are good that you trust your ability to be an innovative thinker. You routinely invent many ways you can reach a single goal. Only then do you start narrowing down your options to the best one. You probably take into consideration prevailing circumstances, available resources, budgetary constraints, or pressing deadlines.


People who are especially talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.

Chances are good that you genuinely enjoy chatting with all sorts of people. A fine day for you includes many opportunities to engage individuals in dialogue. You probably feel most enthused about life when your need to express yourself is appreciated rather than viewed as a shortcoming. It’s very likely that you have a facility — that is, an ease and readiness — for speaking. Under very few circumstances do you struggle to find just the right word to express a thought or feeling. Being able to put friends or strangers at ease quickly is one of your special gifts. Instinctively, you enjoy verbalizing your thoughts. You want others to acknowledge your ideas and feelings. Gaining and maintaining people’s attention pleases you. Because of your strengths, you are a magnet for fun. You personify the phrase “the life of the party” — that is, you can make situations enjoyable, exciting, and interesting for a group of people. You bubble with energy and enthusiasm. You welcome opportunities to create merriment. People look forward to just being with you or attending your social gatherings. Driven by your talents, you engage others in conversation about the meaning of life. You discuss subjects beyond the understanding of the average mind. You afford individuals an opportunity to be creative, study, reflect, speculate, or tell stories. These activities stimulate your thinking. Undoubtedly, you prefer to spend time with intelligent people who can understand what you are saying.


People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.

Chances are good that you really like to speak with newcomers so they know at least one person recognizes their existence. Your desire to make verbal contact intensifies when outsiders first arrive on the scene. You undoubtedly derive satisfaction from involving them in discussions already in progress or engaging them in casual chitchat. Driven by your talents, you regale people with illuminating accounts of incidents in your life. You entertain them with your tales. You candidly share your personal observations and experiences. As a result, individuals are apt to draw lessons and insights from your amusing stories. By nature, you automatically engage outsiders or newcomers in small talk. You sense when someone feels left out of a conversation. You hope to make new friends by involving people in various activities. You probably comment favorably about the talents or accomplishments of many individuals. You sincerely want them to know they are worthy of the time and effort you invest in them. It’s very likely that you might derive much satisfaction from initiating conversations with outsiders or newcomers. You routinely make a game of getting strangers to tell you about themselves and their interests. Because of your strengths, you typically are described as a “what you see is what you get” person. There is very little mystery about who you are. You usually make a point of talking with strangers. You are apt to tell them about yourself without their having to ask you any questions. Your forthright approach encourages many individuals to be as open with you as you are with them.


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