Today I took Gallup’s Entrepreneur StrengthsFinder survey. The ESF is designed to identify your natural talents that will help in starting a successful business. It also highlights weak areas where you should find a partner to help fill out your skill set.
The ESF is part of Gallup’s initiative to identify and coach highly talented entrepreneurs. In the accompanying book, Jim Clifton, Gallup’s Chairman, lays out a vision for an education system that is not only great at identifying intellectual and sports talent, but also entrepreneurial talent. Jim believes that this is the key to reversing the downward trend of new business formation in the United States.
My dominant talents:
- Creative Thinker
My contributing talents:
- Business Focus
My supporting talents:
What was your first reaction to the talents described on page two of your report? Which talents sound most like you?
I’m surprised “independent” isn’t in the dominant talents list. I’m introverted and tend to work alone very well. I suppose answering questions that asked if I bounce ideas off others reduced the dominance of this talent in the survey. Knowledge-Seeker is definitely my strong talent. Risk-Taker was the surprise result here.
With whom could you share your results?
I’ll share this report with my coworkers. I’ll also run the results by the local administrator of AIM who put on the IT Leadership Academy.
Which talent would you like to work on?
I need to work on confidence. When I’m working with people I know very well, I have no problem speaking up and arguing my viewpoint. In groups of strangers I’m much more reserved. This is probably my biggest hurdle for making new connections with customers. I need to ask more questions. I always prefer to take time to reflect after gathering the facts/requirements before proposing a solution. Some people interpret this as lack of enthusiasm or simply lack of ideas. In reality, I probably have too many ideas to share all at once and need time to determine what the best course of action is. I think the best way to improve this is through more practice and broadening my network to get in front of my people.