Here at Scriba HQ, we are huge advocates of personal and professional development – which led us to discovering Don Clifton’s StrengthsFinder book.
As the father of strengths psychology, Clifton revolutionised how we calculate and identify – put simply – what we’re good at.
As each of us has joined the Scriba team, we have been gifted this book – from our MD, Katie Mallinson – to find out what our top five personality traits are. And, the reason for doing this is so we can compare our findings with one another, allowing us to work better collectively.
All too often natural talents go untapped, but we perform at our best when we are utilising these skills – so why does this happen? In truth, we tend to devote more time to our shortcomings and what we struggle with.
This can sometimes be used to our advantage. By recognising what we need to improve, we can invest in self-help books, training courses and seminars to enhance skillsets.
But, tired of people fixating on their weaknesses, the Now Discover Your Strengths – which has since been remastered into StrengthsFinder 2.0 – was born. The book not only shines a light on individual skills, but it also highlights how someone may work with that person, so that we’re able to invest energy growing together.
At our most recent away day, we studied our top five attributes in more detail and realised we had a staggering 21 talents out of a possible 34 – so it’s safe to say we’re a dynamic bunch!
So, rather than me listing them all here, over the coming months each of our team will be showcasing their talents, and what they mean, in a new, monthly blog series – so keep your eyes peeled!
A final note from the author Tom Rath, “You cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more of who you already are!”