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Strengths & Skills

"When you stop growing, you start dying."- William S. Burroughs

 

This is more than just a clever proverb: it's the truth. Thanks to constructive criticism from friends and family, I am constantly growing, changing, and improving. The best way I have found to learn skills and develop strengths is to read books and try new things. Here are just a few of the many things I have discovered about myself.

Leadership Type

DiSC Assessment

     The DiSC assessment is a measure of my leadership type on four different dimensions: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientious. I have taken this test twice, and scored highly on both Dominance and Conscientious styles. This places me in the "Creative" category (see below).

     The DiSC assessment is an extremely valuable and useful tool, because it gives me practical insight into how to lead others. Everyone has some level of each of the four basic types, and the DiSC makes it clear how those differences can be used constructively on a team. An optimal team will have at least on member from each of the four DiSC leadership types.

 

Personality Type

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

     The MBTI is a description of my personality, but not a definition of who I am. My personality has changed over time, and will continue to change. Nevertheless, the MBTI is widely used to answer the following questions:

  1. How do I gain energy? (Extraversion, introversion) E/I

  2. How do I gather information? (Sensing, Intuition) S/N

  3. How do I process information? (Thinking, Feeling) T/F

  4. How do I interact with the world? (Judging, Perceiving) J/P

I identify myself as an ISTJ, which means I tend to recharge by myself. I like to live in the moment, but I also focus on the big picture. I tend to make decision based on logic and pre-determined objectives, and prefer a planned and organized approach to life.

    There is no "Right" or "Wrong" with the MBTI; everyone exists on a spectrum. As I mature and grow in my professional capacity, I am confident that the MBTI will help me identify areas for improvement in my personality.

 

Proficiencies

Things I Am Good At

     Recently, my family and I experienced an Escape Room together. We had 1 hour to find clues, solve riddles, and complete our mission. Here are the skills I have that helped us get out of the Escape Room with time to spare:

  • Solving Tricky, Multi-Layer Puzzles

  • Working in a Team

  • Paying Attention to Detail

  • Listening to Others

  • Reading (and Following) Instruction Manuals

  • Bending Down

  • Motivating Team Members to Finish Strong

  • Reaching High Places

  • Sending and Receiving Messages via Computer

  • Avoiding Claustrophobia

  • Speaking a Smattering of Spanish

  • Resolving Disagreements

  • Posing for Celebratory Pictures Afterwards

 

Learnings

Things I Am Getting Better At

     If you are reading this, congratulations! You have reached the most important part of this entire website. Why is it so important, you ask? Well, this is where I list the valuable and thought-provoking resources that I am currently using to keep learning new skills and knowledge. Some of these entries may become full blog posts in the future. Check out at least some of these resources--you just may learn something!