It snowed in Atlanta on Sunday so the trail was slushy and I bagged the 20 miler. I attached a picture to prove I was dressed and at the trail. If it were not for the possibility of breaking something I would have gone out.
Today my game was back on. It is 23 degrees so I ran an aerobic 7 miles on the dreadmill t Lifetime.
Oh, and my weight is coming back off exactly according to plan. Game on, my friends. Game on.
Today's Best of Mike series post comes from August 17th, 2004. It's the last of the ones centered around the Strengths Finder tool. Enjoy!
Finding Strength (continued – Maximizer, Learner)
It's funny how things in this life all seem to tie together in the end. Things that have little or no meaning standing on their own become larger than life when you couple them together. That brings me to the final 2 of my 5 dominant profiles as described by StrengthsFinder.
Strengths, whether yours or someone else's, fascinate you. Like a diver after pearls, you search them out, watching for the telltale signs of a strength. A glimpse of untutored excellence, rapid learning, a skill mastered without recourse to steps-all these are clues that a strength may be in play. And having found a strength, you feel compelled to nurture it, refine it, and stretch it toward excellence. You polish the pearl until it shines. This natural sorting of strengths means that others see you as discriminating.
Although I'm apparently obsessed with strengths for the past couple of weeks, I wouldn't say that they 'fascinate' me. Identifying and leveraging strengths is a good pattern for accomplishing both regular and irregular tasks. Businesses would call this their strategy. Wal-Mart is a low-cost strategy. You can leverage them for consumer staple type items knowing that they will have the right selection at a reasonable price. My friend Dave is excellent excellent at research. I know that if I ask him a question, if he doesn't know the answer, he'll be able to find it doing some really quick and dirty searching. I see leveraging the different strengths of people as an efficient way of providing a valuable product.
Your excitement leads you to engage in adult learning experiences-yoga or piano lessons or graduate classes. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work environments where you are asked to take on short project assignments and are expected to learn a lot about the new subject matter in a short period of time and then move on to the next one. This Learner theme does not necessarily mean that you seek to become the subject matter expert, or that you are striving for the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential.
I start working on my MBA/Finance degree next Monday. I've been in a consulting role for 6 years, which leads me from project to project – each with its own new twists and challenges. I enjoy reading books that would probably put a majority of people to sleep.
Tomorrow, I'm going to look back on these 5 dominant strengths and how they were determined. The question I have in my mind is "How much does a person's experiences affect the way you answer the question?" Are there quetsions that I answered strongly one way or the other that were based on a small, biased sampling of the experience the question was asking?