Testing, testing…

According to the Via Me online survey my strengths are love of learning, judgment, prudence, teamwork and fairness.

The Strong Life Test for Women tells me my lead role is that of caretaker with an open heart, a chance of being consumed by others feelings and that I should be on or leading a team. My supporting role is teacher, with faith in others, who should be paid to facilitate the success of others.

The Primary Colors assessment meanwhile tells me I’m chocolate moose. That is deeply dependable, with strong logic and analysis skills; I like structure, have a drive to meet expectations, balance facts and intuition, am a good team player but may like to be an independent contributor. My percentages were 83% for curiosity, 57% for execution and 54% for leadership.

A look through Buckingham and Clifton’s 34 themes of strength had me nodding at belief, communication, connectedness, fairness, harmony, intellection, responsibility and significance.

Other than the fact that I like taking online tests what do all these results mean?

The Via Me survey seems accurate, as are those that I picked myself from Buckingham and Clifton’s list. The Strong Test, while also saying similar things is a very accurate picture of my parenting, but not so accurate for my self in terms of career. I found the questions spoke to the mother in me, not the more detached professional. The Primary Colors assessment, though I disliked the format of choosing between three answers, actually gave me the answer I liked best. This of course does not mean it’s accurate!

But how do these results relate to my daily life? Am I using my strengths to their full potential?

I have to say no.

And yes.

I’m team leader for domestic engineering with responsibilities as homework overseer, chief diplomat and timetable synchroniser. This all takes quite a bit of time, energy and headspace.

But I feel the need to stretch myself a more. The desire is there but the execution is clearly lacking. As in so many things I need to exercise the muscles before jumping straight into the race.

Slow and steady…

Fig tree in an old hamam wall