Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Learning as I Go

This past October, I got to meet Lisa Whelchel. Remember her? From the Facts of Life? She was that obnoxious blonde character who was always better than everyone else at everything. Ok, I should probably come out and tell you the truth. I didn't actually "meet" her, but I got to hear her speak. 

Lisa talked in such a way that I felt as if I'd actually had a conversation with her, and so today when I got an email from her, I was pretty quick to read it. Alright, so it wasn't just to me from her, but it was from the mailing list I get as a past attender of Women of Faith Conferences, which is where I met her where I listened to her speak.

She talked about focusing on discovering each others strengths and then and ministering to each other with those strengths. What a novel idea! I'd like to share a link with you that she included to help give you a rough idea of what your strengths may be. It's through Marcus Buckingham's website where you can also pick up his book: Find Your Strongest Life What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently 

Want to know another cool thing? I get to meet him this coming October. *grin*

Go take the short test here:
 (And if you're an iPhone user - there's an app for that!) I'd love to hear what you learned about yourself!

My results are as follows... a little surprising to me, though I'm not sure why because I can really relate.

Lead Role

You begin by asking:
'How can I raise the energy?'

You are acutely aware of the energy in the room, and you feel compelled to do what you can to elevate it. You do this with your outlook—you are an instinctively optimistic person.
Your best quality:
Your infectious energy
You Always:
Step in and take responsibility for the group
Be careful you:
Don’t get sucked dry by emotional vampires
Your smartest career move:
Any job where you’re paid to keep a group of people excited.

Supporting Role

You begin by asking:
'Who can I connect?'

You see the world as a web of relationships, and you are always excited by the prospect of connecting two new people within your web.
Your best quality:
Your genuine curiosity
You Always:
Trust in your web of relationships
Be careful you:
Don’t push people together who shouldn’t be
Your smartest career move:
Any job where you’re paid to speed up the connection between people.


He & Me + 3 said...

I wish I could hear her speak. I love her books. She is awesome!

Mom2three said...

Thank you for sharing this! I used to own her book "Creative Correction" and it had some great ideas in it. I think my kids burned it - LOL! I LOVE the bright cheery look of your blog now. Beautiful!

Miriam said...

Hmm. Somehow I published... a comment with nothing. Sorry! But so glad to hear from you and those sound like great speakers to inspire us to find our own strengths and team up with others who complement those.

Farm Chick Paula said...

You got to see Blair? Ugh, I'm so jealous... I come over for a long-overdue visit, and you rub my face in this.
Well, I still luv ya anyway.