StrengthsFinder2.0 – Focus
This is my site Written by Alora on September 1, 2009 – 6:36 pm

Definition of “Focus” from StrengthsFinder2.0:

Instinctively, you are industrious, diligent, and persistent. You naturally set difficult-to-reach goals. These normally demand a great amount of your time. While your work ethic is evident, you question whether the promotions, titles, opportunities, or status symbols you desire could exact too high a price. Driven by your talents, you typically immerse yourself in intense activities. Preferring a fast pace, you thrive on excitement. You appreciate being surrounded by like-minded individuals. They motivate you to expend even more energy accomplishing whatever needs to be done. You stay busy and work hard whenever it is necessary. It’s very likely that you have little difficulty giving intense effort to projects, problems, or opportunities that capture and keep your attention. Because of your strengths, you use your mental and physical energy for hours when the situation demands such effort. You generally persevere and push yourself to keep working on assignments until you finish them. You refuse to quit until you reach your goal. Chances are good that you sometimes improve your chances of reaching desired goals by making a list of them. Perhaps you progress more efficiently when you take time to attach a written explanation to each objective.

This is my #4 strength, according to StrengthsFinders2.0. According to my husband, though, it’s #1. This is the thing that always gets his attention the most.

Ironically, this is also the quality that I think has made me a good project manager in startup environments throughout my career. The fact that I thrive in precisely this type of environment is why I’ve never had any luck fitting into more structured, corporate environments.

Of course, the irony is that the first thing I do in a chaotic environment that demands this level of intensity is to work on ways to tame it enough to be a little bit less strenuously demanding. And, typically speaking, once I’ve been successful at that, the environment becomes innately less appealing and it’s time for me to move on.

That one may be a subject for a therapist. :-)

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