Assessing, and then Soaring with, Your Strengths
By RDBA Executive Director Annette Maggi, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
A lot has changed in 2020, and it’s likely that as a retail RD, you’ve been required to show agility, flexibility and creativity to navigate the changes at your retailer and in your role. It’s also likely that in this process, you’ve learned some things about yourself. Perhaps you’re not as flexible in your work as you thought, or you’ve realized you like a bit of shake up now and again.
The seismic changes that have occurred this year make it the perfect time to step back, reflect and analyze your strengths. Taking stock can help you realign your focus and prepare for the future more effectively. If you manage a team, assessing strengths across all your staff members helps you align responsibilities with individual’s strong points.
There are a variety of strength assessment tools available in the market including the following:
- CliftonStrengths (formerly Strength Finders): An online assessment that measures your talents and sorts them into your unique rank order of 34 different themes, including things like strategic, communication, command, achiever, and activator.
- DiSC Personality Test (DiSC): This tool measures your patterns of behavior related to four reference points – dominance, influence, steadiness, and conscientiousness.
- Occupational Personality Questionnaire: This assessment is focused on work settings and is designed to give information on an individual’s preferred behaviors.
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): An indicator which identifies and describes 16 distinctive personality types based on ways people prefer to use their perceptions and judgment.
- Insights Discovery: A psychometric tool which uses a four-color model to highlight key personality preferences and associated behaviors to help people understand their style, their strengths and the value they bring to the team.
If you’re interested in assessing your strengths, a great starting place is with your HR department and/or manager. They can provide insight as to whether your retailer currently uses a particular tool. If not, some of these tools offer a simplified free version that you can explore. Even if you’ve previously used an assessment tool, with the significant changes this year, it’s a good time to reassess and then determine how you leverage these strengths to soar in your role.