Strengths Finder - Eleanor Cropper

Strengths Finder – Eleanor Cropper

I always knew I was ‘a people person’ but when I joined Scriba (all shiny and new), little did I know that was just scratching the surface, there was much more to learn about myself – and my colleagues.

As part of my introduction to Scriba life, I was encouraged to read Don Clifton’s StrengthsFinder book as I way of learning more about myself, how I worked with others and how I’d slot into the family. I was amazed to discover more things about my personality than I’d anticipated, and was fascinated to find out how much I had in common with the rest of the Scriba crew.

Having worked in a range of large and small teams, across a number of PR agencies, I’ve always been interested in discovering why colleagues operate in the way they do, how we can bring out the best in each other and how differently people’s working style can be.

And at Scriba PR, we don’t strive to be carbon copies of each other, we celebrate our differences and learn from each other with the collective goal of doing brilliant work for our clients.

We’re proud to be individuals, all with our interesting quirks, and that’s what makes us an unstoppable team!

So, without further ado, here are my top five traits…

  1. Woo

I love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. While some people might feel uncomfortable in these situations, I get a lot of satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with someone. A useful trait when joining a team of people you don’t know but, made all the more enjoyable by discovering I share this characteristic with my teammate Ruth – there’s a reason we hit it off from day dot!

  1. Communication

Having this quality means I generally find it easy to put my thoughts into words, something that I share with a few members of the group. This is code for ‘I talk too much’! I do consider myself a good conversationalist and presenter, which comes in handy for getting to grips with client briefs and under the skin of a new industry.

  1. Developer

I was pleased to learn that I recognise and cultivate the potential in others – meaning I have a strong developer characteristic. I very much enjoy working with people, I’d rather work as part of a team than alone and I’m good at spotting improvement and progress in my teammates. Luckily for me, I share this with Jenny, Hayley and Amy.

  1. Input

Out of all my results this strength surprised me the most. People who require input like to collect and archive. They may accumulate information, ideas, artefacts or even relationships. I think this goes back to my love of acquiring ‘stuff’ – something that Katie and Luci also enjoy!

  1. Positivity

I was pleased to discover that I have contagious enthusiasm – along with a few others at Scriba HQ. I always try to be upbeat as when working as part of a team, it’s important to get others excited – that’s where good ideas come from!

The beginning of 2020 is a hugely exciting time to be part of a business that’s going places. Each member of the team has their own unique set of strengths, and I’m excited to see how my personality adds to our already rich and colourful mix.