Input - Strengthsfinder 2.0

Well, folks, I'm continuing my strengths reporting. Here's installment 3 of 5.

My Strengthsfinder 2.0 report said, "People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information."

To me this is all about gathering information. Actually, it seems that Intellection, Input and Learner are so linked as to be three parts of one. But, I suppose I would believe that since all three are part of my top five - and one of the others is Connectedness.

Anyway, how does Input show up in my life? Through a somewhat natural process, much of my work has come to be about gathering information. I'm either hunting databases, publications, the Web, books, and so on for data about a topic or I'm facilitating sessions and conversations with clients to collect facts and impressions. I'm so convinced I can find more, most of the time, that I sort of don't know when to shut it off. I have to give myself a deadline or a set amount of hunting time or I'll just keep going and going. Like the now famous pink battery bunny. The same is true for topics of personal interest. I have a lot of books and files. In fact, I finally created a library in our home last fall to house the information I've collected.

Besides the ability to just keep going, another issue I face is the rabbit trails. While hunting for one bit of information, I'll find some other interesting tidbit and then start following it all over the place. Given time, I'll end up far, far away from where I started.

The Strengthsfinder 2.0 report challenges me to name my areas of specialization, actively seek more information in those areas and then tell people I'm a bit of an expert in those areas. So where am I an expert?

Gulp. This is actually scary for me. It's hard for me to say I'm an expert in anything.

When it comes to my work life, I have a decent amount of knowledge in graphic design, qualitative market research, brand, marketing and general business. I've been asked to also become our subject matter expert in blogging. Hence, my increased activity in this blog over the last few months. I think of it as a little lab along with a way to live more fearlessly as noted in another post.

As for topics outside of work, I'd say I know something about general psychology, Myers-Briggs personality type, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), inattentive attention deficit disorder (ADD), nutrition (wish I'd apply what I know!), and intuition. I've also collected a lot about green living, creativity, NLP, yoga, religions and spirituality over the years.

Not exactly the life of the party, huh?

Strengthsfinder 2.0 said my Top Five Themes are Intellection, Empathy, Input, Learner and Connectedness.

Here's what I'm wondering: How do other people who have Input as a top theme take advantage of it?

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Connectedness - Strengthsfinder 2.0
Learner - Strengthsfinder 2.0
Empathy - Strengthsfinder 2.0
Intellection - Strengthsfinder 2.0
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