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Friday, June 09, 2017

What StrengthsFinder Did for Me

StrengthsFinder

About the Clifton StrengthsFinder

Gallup’s Clifton StrengthsFinder is an assessment that identifies your natural talents. The assessment results provide your top 5 out of 34 talent themes. Results aim to help individuals better understand and describe their natural strengths. In addition to the results, there are resources online and books geared towards leaders, students, and even how to use your strengths in your faith community.

The idea is to use your time effectively to make your top strengths even stronger rather than focusing on getting better at something that doesn’t happen naturally. One of the actives in the workshop was to sign our name with our dominant hand and then try to recreate our signature exactly the same using our non-dominate hand. The point being that with dedicated practice over time you could successfully sign with your non-dominate hand, but would that be a good use of your time?

The workshops are great for groups and organizations to help members understand each others strengths and to also form a well rounded team. Great for hiring managers! You can learn more about the history of StrengthsFinder here.

Story-time

Please don’t take this as bragging. I am a pretty confident person when it comes to the workplace. I know I can get any task done and done right. There are certain areas I feel I strive in and colleagues have recognized these both to me and to others. Based on my strengths, I have been sought out time and time again for assistance and to serve on committees. It’s even gotten me every job I have had since graduating college. However, on two separate occasions in the past year I have had those strengths verbally challenged in front of groups of my peers.

Needless to say, these brash statements caused me great self-doubt. It is my belief everyone has areas they lack confidence in and that’s ok, we are all a work in progress. To have the strengths I believed I possessed so firmly discounted and diminished with outbursts and humor was degrading.

What StrengthsFinder Did for Me

Prior to taking the StrengthsFinder assessment, I took Myers Briggs Type Indicator and e-colors. Both described me, but StrengthsFinder is freakishly accurate and put my natural talents into relatable terms.

As I mentioned above, after my strengths were called into question I felt lost. My thoughts quickly evolved to, “maybe my abilities aren’t so great after all.” It wasn’t until I took the StrengthsFinder assessment and attended a workshop that I fell in love with my talents again. My top 5 talent themes so accurately describe who I am it became undeniable I was good at those things others had made me doubt.

Participants were told to display their strengths where they could be see, on your resume, and use the strengths terms. Receiving my talent themes solidified my self-confidence and any time I feel doubt creeping in I read my strengths. It reaffirms how valuable I am and reminds me I cannot perform all 34 talent themes well, but others have strengths to compliment mine. I believe StrengthsFinder is a great resource and even had a workshop done in my growing office to better understand each other.

My Strengths: Harmony, Achiever, Intellection, Deliberative, and Focus

You can take the assessment here.


To those who read regularly, I want to say sorry for the silence here. If you follow me on Twitter I was still pretty active over there. My personal life has been slightly crazy and my head and heart just weren’t in the blogging mode.

Speaking of Twitter, when I first started Lexi & Lady I shared a lot of my favorite new recipe finds. Out of respect for other’s work if I come across a new recipe the hubs and I enjoy I will share it on Twitter. I may link something here, but I doubt there will be many posts dedicated to a recipe find. So hop on over to Twitter and follow me!

This weekend I am visiting Magnolia Market in Waco with a friend so I’m super excited! Until next post…xoxo Becca

Monday, April 17, 2017

Empower Women

Hello all! How was your Easter weekend? This post is going up late because I wanted to spend the weekend with family rather than writing a post. I’m sure you understand!

Today I want to take a minute to talk about the importance for women to lift each other up. I know it is a random topic, but I will get to why I picked it further down. You may have heard/seen the phrase “Empowered women, empower women.” It holds great weight and should be every woman’s life motto. Remember, women can lead from any spot; from the front desk receptionist to the corner office VP to the stay at home mom to the small business owner. We all have something to share and can easily take the time to be kind to each other. Kindness is free! I very briefly shared my thoughts on this subject in 2015, read that post here.

As I venture further and further into this blogging journey I am reminded that I have surrounded myself with a great group of women. However, there are always those out there who (for whatever reason) cling to hate and gain a sense of power by bringing others down.

Style Collective

This brings me to why I picked this topic today. To put it bluntly, blogging is hard. There are a lot of pieces of the puzzle and while research and trial and error are great, sometimes I want someone to show me the way, tell me how they did it, what worked best for them. Some direction! Some women are able to singularly rise up and I applaud them for their success. I feel even when you reach your goals there is always someone trying to reach theirs so why not give them a helping hand.

Somehow I came across Style Collective, a community of fashion and lifestyle bloggers whose experience range from beginner to advanced. The woman behind it is Annie Spano, a true entrepreneur. Since learning of Style Collective I was interested in joining, but had reservations. It is advertised as a community of support, a sisterhood of sorts. I unintentionally connected with Annie on Instagram and instantly felt like she cared and took the time to respond to my questions. For all I know she has someone answering her social media messages, but I like to believe it was her because it came across so genuine. After she answered my million and one questions, I took a leap of faith and applied to join. I am happy to say I am now part of the #GirlBoss tribe. In addition to resources available through Style Collective’s portal, they encourage members to organize local meet ups and build a community of support for each other. I am excited to see where it goes from here and to meet other great women interested in empowering others in the process.

Style Collective Membership Badge

This post turned out to be a what’s happening/help others grow. If it reminded 1 person to pay it forward or to spread kindness then I’ve done something right. To my closest girl friends, thank you for your constant encouragement. I hope I repay you as often as you share kind words with me.

Until next post…xoxo Becca

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