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Input? That means I collect things...

While I’ve been incommunicado, I’ve been learning. (One of the things I learned is that learning ranks third on my list of strengths, according to business book number 3,407, after input and intellection.) (No, I am not making this up. If I were, I would have chosen a clearer or more interesting strength name than “input.”)

In terms of professional growth, I have absorbed an uncomfortable quantity of human resources knowledge. I have learned how to make charts in Excel and how to add trend lines to them. My little brain is stuffed to bursting with management theories that, God willing, I will not have to practice on actual humans, being perfectly satisfied with my Two Rules (plus the third), my gold stars, and the fact that baking fixes almost every office problem that exists.

The wider life lessons include such important maxims as Never Tell a Kid You Want To Leave Early, and Face It: You Are Too Old Not To Get Enough Sleep. The best one, however, is the one I just figured out today.

There is nothing I like better, no place I am happier, than home with a chance to write, a comfy sweatshirt, and a warm dog next to me. Now I know what the goal is.

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happy_potterer
Mar. 5th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
Seriously, what is input? You aren't going to make us, heaven forbid, read a management-theory book ourselves to find out?
jan_can_too
Mar. 6th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
Input does in fact mean that I collect things. I might have called the strength something like "research" or "curiosity." In practice, what it seems to mean is that when you give me an "executive summary" of a book, I go find the actual book because I want more data. It is the thing that makes me keep a commonplace book and perhaps even what makes me like collage. Does that help?

BTW, while I did think that the things the strength finder found were things I do, I did not feel that my strength profile was as good a picture of me as, say, the Meyers-Briggs. And, no, please don't read the book. Business writing, it appears from my recent reading, is even more annoying than most self-help writing.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 5th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
from HAT: StrengthsFinder 2.0 results
I'm an "input" person, too! My results from the Strengths Finder test are as follows: Intellection, Input, Empathy, Learner, Context
jan_can_too
Mar. 6th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
Re: from HAT: StrengthsFinder 2.0 results
My last two are Achiever and Connectedness. xoxoxo
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