Strengths Profile (ex-R2 and ex-Realize2)
This post will tell you a bit more about discovering your strengths using the Strengths Profile tool and it's main advantages and disadvantages.
If you wish to learn more on the topic of strengths:
Strengths Profile measures 60 key strengths across three dimensions – performance, energy and usage of that strength. It categorises individuals strengths in 4 groups: Realised, Unrealised, Learned and Weaknesses, as clarified on Image 1.
Image 1. – Categories of strengths in Strengths Profile (ex-R2)
As one of the metrics for strengths, it takes into account how much energy one is gaining or losing from using a certain strength, taking that as an indication if a certain strength is a real, “inborn” strength, or a learned behaviour.
Comprehensive but greatly informative
Although the report is a quite comprehensive list of 60 strengths, the two categorisations within it give it sense and structure.
The first one is the 4M model, dividing strengths into 4 groups:
Image 2. – 4M model from R2 assessment, earlier version of Strengths Profile (CAPP, 2015)
The second one is categorizing strengths into 5 different families: Being (our way of being in the world), Communicating (how we give and receive information), Motivating (our drive towards action), Relating (how we relate to others) and Thinking (our approach to situations). The report lets individual know what strength family he/she is best at or least good at.
Strengths Profile is a great tool do dig deeper into own strengths and adds a valuable concept about unrealised strengths and learned behaviors as complementing realised strengths.
As it is quite comprehensive, it can also be a bit overwhelming. Of these 3 tools (VIA, Strengthfinder 2.0 and Strengths Profiler), Strength Profiler is the most information rich but that also makes it the most difficult to find a clear focus within the report and clear action points to take away (there are simply too many options for actions).
If you are interested in how this survey compares to the similar strengths assessment tools, check out Strengths based approach 103 – Strengths Assessment Tools for comparison of different tools to explore personal strengths.
About the author of the article
Founder of Trainers Toolbox, trainer passionate about learning, getting things done, creating great training content and delivering it in an enthusiastic and energetic way. Being trainer since 2008, Mirna developed rich knowledge in positive psychology, NLP, evidence based training, coaching, and many other innovative trainer's tools and techniques. Next to Trainers Toolbox, she is also a founder of Happiness Academy, project aimed at educating and inspiring people to lead happier and more fulfilling lives. Read more about Mirna at www.mirnasmidt.com.
Mirna , initiator of Trainers Toolbox, is a trainer in love with training tools and innovative games, positive psychology, NLP, and everything that makes learning more impactful and engaging.