My Approach

My approach to work is influenced by my personality and strengths. This page is really for me to document useful tests as I take them, but by posting it online I figured it would be an easy way to share this information those whom I might collaborate with at some point. Generally, colleagues have commented on my optimism, calmness, and diplomacy, and my test scores reveal the following:

Strengthsfinder 2.0

  1. Ideation: big picture, make connections, be creative
  2. Learner: learn, improve, think about process
  3. Strategic: see alternatives, create a path, quickly understand
  4. Input: get information, know more, look for facts
  5. Intellection: think, reflect, discuss

All five of these strengths are within the “Thinking Themes” of the Strengthsfinder 2.0 test. For more information on strengths or the themes through which you can view your own results, please see the very informative Using the Myers-Briggs Instrument with the Gallup Strengthsfinder 2.0 Instrument.)

Myers Briggs: INTP

  • Introversion
  • Intuition
  • Thinking
  • Perceiving

Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical. (from The Myers & Briggs Association)

Interestingly, I tested closer to  INTJ for a number of years.

Learning Styles

  • Reflective: Takes time to think through ideas, and reflect on what new information means. Writing and summarizing helps the learning process.
  • Intuitive: Requires theories and interpretations in order to link facts. More focused on the big picture rather than details.
  • Verbal: Prefers audio and written material.
  • Global: Requires a the big picture of a subject early in the process. Learning is most productive when done in long, immersive sessions.

This particular approach to learning styles is outlined on Richard Felder and Barbara Soloman’s Learning Styles and Strategies. You, too, can take this instrument at their website.

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