Posted February 13, 2012 by Stefanie Ritz 

Strengths for the Workplace

There is nothing more frustrating than having to make a major change at the 11th hour on a project. Having to scrap all of it and start over can be downright gut wrenching. In my role, I am frequently the person that is tasked with resolving these problems when they arise. I like to think it’s because people like to work with me. But after taking the StrengthsQuest assessment, I can see that many of my top strengths actually make me an ideal person for dealing with these challenges. My top five strengths are Input, Strategic, Maximizer, Empathy, and Adaptability. After taking the assessment, I learned about each strength, how it is used in a team setting, and how I can continue to develop my strengths to achieve success.

With strengths like Strategic, Maximizer, and Adaptability, I can help solve problems in special circumstances and in my every day job. My ability to think strategically while being adaptable to change helps me lead a team in a change of direction and plan major events. As a Maximizer, I can easily analyze our programs and services and help develop techniques to increase their effectiveness. While I can see myself using all of my top five strengths in some way, I definitely see myself using those three daily.

I used to get stressed about resolving problems in the workplace, but now I find myself enjoying the challenge of using my proven strengths creatively. It makes me wonder if challenge or creativity is my sixth strength.

What are your strengths, and how do you use them on a daily basis?
 

Stefanie Ritz

Stefanie Ritz is the Assistant Director for Assessment, Marketing, and Planning at University of North Texas.

Stefanie Ritz has worked at the University of North Texas for three years in the fields of marketing and assessment with oversight and advising responsibilities for the programming council, multimedia productions, graphic design, strategic planning, and public relations. Prior to this, she had an extensive background in advertising and public relations. She has served for the past two years on the Regional Leadership Team and Conference Planning Teams for ACUI region 12. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of North Texas. Stefanie holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Texas–Arlington.

Comments

I couldn't agree with you more. My top 5 are Strategic, Relator, WOO, Activator and Communication and I believe they provide a good picture of me in my work roles. It's nice to see Strengths getting so much play within the ACUI community and I am looking forward to the conference to see some great sessions on the topic. We have been using it with both student and FT staff on campus and believe there is so much untapped value in this tool.
Comment posted 02/20/2012 8:34 AM
I couldn't agree with you more. My top 5 are Strategic, Relator, WOO, Activator and Communication and I believe they provide a good picture of me in my work roles. It's nice to see Strengths getting so much play within the ACUI community and I am looking forward to the conference to see some great sessions on the topic. We have been using it with both student and FT staff on campus and believe there is still so much untapped value in this tool.
Comment posted 02/20/2012 8:34 AM
These value skills are good not only in the work place but in all aspects of life as well.
Comment posted 02/27/2012 4:00 PM
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