04 Aug Finding Strength
“Finding Strength”- Jinmyoung (Jin) Lee, Intern, PRIDE Global
On my first day as an intern, I took the Strengths Finders assessment: out of the 34 possible strengths, the assessment gave me 5 strengths that were indicative of who I am. A few weeks later, Tiffany followed up with a training session that explained what a strength was and how we could use our strengths in the workplace and at school.
Following a hearty breakfast with Becca, Tiffany gave us a presentation on what a ‘strength’ was. A strength is an innate talent to which acquired skills and knowledge have been applied, becoming an activity that has near perfect and consistent performance in us. Although we may not have unique and innate talents in certain areas, we could still acquire skills in those areas to become more proficient.
Many of us found that we had very similar strengths. Most of the interns are “Achievers”, indicating that we are very driven and gain more momentum and satisfaction by completing tasks. Afterward, we discussed ways in which we could use our strengths at work and at school. We also discussed one strength that we loved and one strength that we wished we had. I wish I had “Woo”, the ability to know how a social environment functions without even needing to be present.
The session was concluded by explaining that every strength has a balcony and a basement. When individuals become stressed, they tend to use their strengths in the basement. The least desirable qualities of a strength are expressed, i.e. using one of my strengths, “Restorative”, in the balcony, I would be able to solve problems, but using it in the basement, I would become overly critical of others.
During the session, I learned that it was important to take advantage of my existing strengths and also know the strengths of others, so that everyone could be effective team players in a school or work environment. Furthermore, I realized that what I perceive as faults in others could be simply a strength used in the basement, indicating that the individual was stressed rather than truly flawed in character. Maybe we need another name for our weaknesses, because they too can be our strengths.