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Ideas. Insights. Inspiration.

How do you StandOut?

Are you a Provider?

A Connector?

A Pioneer, perhaps?

If you don't know, it's a safe bet you haven't taken Marcus Buckingham's "StandOut Assessment".

But you might want to consider doing so.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of "hustle porn"; even if you do find yourself with extra time available as a result of COVID-19, I don't think you need to spend it learning how to speak Mandarin, teaching yourself to play the guitar, or writing the next great novel.

But if you are looking to spend some newfound time on professional development, you could do worse than taking an assessment to identify strengths, if only so that you can play to them as you determine what you might want to do in your career.

If the name "Marcus Buckingham" sounds familiar, there's a good reason; he's an expert in the area of personal development and growth, and the author of "First, Break all the Rules", "Now, Discover Your Strengths", "Go Put Your Strengths to Work", "StrengthsFinder 2.0", and "Nine Lies About Work". (And those are just the ones on my bookshelf right now.)

Buckingham has developed an assessment tool that uses your responses to a series of questions to identify your top "StandOut Roles".

I took the survey, and my topline chart can be found below. (After you take the survey, you get a comprehensive report emailed to you.) My responses led me to be identified as an "Advisor" (first) and "Creator" (second)... and if you look at the descriptions of each role I've included at the bottom of this post, it's pretty clear why the consulting work I do and the time I spend advising companies is so rewarding for me.