Saturday, February 26, 2011

Strengths Finder 2.0, part 1

I am not much into personality tests. I'm really not. I think at times they can be hurtful to people as they find themselves put into some generic category. I guess one reason I am not much into them is that I do not understand how they function. How does answering 100 random questions make it possible for someone to pinpoint who I am as an individual. I would much rather they spend time with me and get to know me over time. But I guess I understand that many businesses do not have the time to do that. 

Well, as I was looking at churches, there was one church that asked me to take one of these tests. It is called Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath. Let me just say that even though I am not into these tests, this one identified me better than any other test I have ever taken. If you purchase the book, you will get a free code to take the test on the website. 

This test is slightly different than other tests. What it tries to do is to identify your strengths and help you maximize them. Rath believes that too many people try to improve their weaknesses when what they should be doing is focus on the strengths. Actually, what it measures are your natural talents. After you take the assessment, they will respond to you with your top five strengths.

So I thought it would be fun for me to introduce myself to all of you over the next several weeks by giving you my top five strengths according to Strengths Finder 2.0. For those that know me, I will be interested to hear whether you agree with this test on who I am as a person. Here we go:


Let me give you the basic theme description for the Belief Strength:
"People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life."

I was really glad to see this as one of my strengths. I guess I picked the right profession, huh? They go on to describe some of the characteristics of those with the Belief Strength:
"Some people might say you devote yourself to the welfare or interests of particular individuals by putting their needs ahead of your own. Chances are good that you place more importance on the purpose and value of what you do than on the monetary rewards that accompany success. It's very likely that you frequently engage in laborious tasks. You yearn to dedicate yourself to worthy causes or noble purposes."
So what do you think? Those that know me, do you think Strength #1 identifies me accurately?


  1. Thad. Great to see your a blogger. I'm excited to keep up with you this way a little bit.

  2. I would say yes. Also, that second part could be a job description for you.

  3. What on Earth does this have to do with Christianity? I have never heard of this book until today and I am stunned by the amount of churches using it. How does this book relate to biblical Christianity, Jesus Christ or the Gospel?

    1. I do not know many churches that use it. I have not used it at my church, just took it personally. I was interested in how it identifies personalities. And as you can tell from the different blog posts, I mention that I felt it did tag me correctly.

      As to what it has to do with Christianity, Jesus, or the gospel? Very indirectly. I would hope you would agree that God has created every person unique and different. All this test does is identify a person's natural giftedness.

      But I would agree, that to pigeon hole someone based upon these characteristics would be wrong. Who would have thought that the Apostle Paul, a rough tough guy would weep over the Jewish people? God transforms us through the gospel. He often uses our natural abilities in the life of the church, but not always. I think, with anything, this should be kept in balance....

      I hope that helps.


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