Why Everyone Needs a Snapshot

At The Forte Factor, we start all of our coaching relationships by helping our clients get to know themselves better. We guide them through activities and tools to better understand what they are good at, what they love and what they value, as well as helping them identify their triggers, blind spots and biases. Knowing themselves at a deeper level enables and empowers them to get clearer about what they want and need, and, ultimately, how to make wiser decisions everywhere in their lives.

After all, you can’t work toward achieving big goals or even identifying real dreams until you know who you are and where you’re starting from.

We use the same approach for ourselves.  As coaches, we make time every day to continually expand our understanding of who we are. This encourages us to show up and be the best versions of ourselves in not only our daily lives but as your Coach.

One of our tools is a free online assessment called 3About Me. We provide this because we believe that everyone should know at least three of their talents and strengths, which can help you start to identify the places in work and life that fit you best.

So, as I was thinking about moving into a new year, I decided to revisit my 3AboutMe Talent Assessment results. Here’s the word cloud of my results from the 3AboutMe assessment I took in June 2019 (my 3 core talents are Caring, Decisive and Results-Focused; the other words are words that further explain my core 3):

My 3AboutMe word cloud

I remember looking at this a year and a half ago and thinking “pretty accurate.” My family and closest friends would say the same.

I know our world can influence changes in us, but regardless of COVID-19 and how our world has basically been flipped upside down, my 3 core words still are accurate today.

Here’s why: I remain true to who I am. I know when to turn up my strengths and when to turn them down because I know what my greatest strengths are. I know when I need to lean in to my liabilities (the other side of my strengths and the things that don’t come easily) and push myself out of my comfort zone because I know when a situation needs those attributes for the greatest or most successful outcome. I know I feel happiest, successful and accomplished when I’m doing something that is directly aligned to my natural talents because I know what my talents are and how to use them in today’s world.

You’ll find the people who are happiest with who they are the ones who know who they are and build their work and lives around what they do and like best. They are intentional about finding their fit.

I was reading a great article about the evolution of the celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing and came across this quote: “History isn’t a tree, it’s a meadow. It’s a million individual threads twining and unraveling in the wind. When you’re in the midst of it, it’s chaos. It’s only from a great distance that you can discern the shape of it…”

How perfectly this sums us up as human beings. We forget to take the time to step back, to process what’s happening, to reflect on our response and emotions and get caught up in the every day mess. But when we know who we are and can step back and fully appreciate our world, we can then connect what is best in us to that world – we can see where and how our talents can best be used. We gain greater insight into how we can show up to our world as who we really are.

Take Action
Take time to get to know the real you, the you that sometimes get pushed aside to handle the priority item(s) for the day. Especially right now, coming off a very challenging 2020. We’ve adopted mentalities and behaviors that aren’t necessarily true to who we are, but became a way of being. Recognize where those are not the true you.

A way to start is to take our free 3AboutMe Talent Assessment. It is a great place to start to develop the language around your talents and strengths, and then start to ask yourself, “where are the places in work and life that let me fully employ my unique abilities?”

Imagine what you could accomplish when you know you are aligned to your natural talents and strengths and know how to manage each of them in a way that lets you be who you really are.

By Kristin Allaben

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When you’re too old for a career change

By Kristin Allaben, Strategic Communications Specialist and Executive Assistant

I recently started watching “Great News,” a show about a 30-something TV producer and her 60-something year old mother who joins the staff as their newest intern. Though there are plenty of laughs and cringe-worthy moments when you think about having one of your own parents “hovering” (as the lead character calls it) at work, it brings to light a growing theme in today’s workforce: you’re never too old to make a career change.

This topic is being increasingly addressed across many avenues, particularly in entertainment as there have been a number of TV shows and even movies, like The Intern with Robert DeNiro, that address the idea of a Baby Boomer returning to work in a new environment after retirement.

But it’s not just Boomers making these big career changes. At the age of 28, I found myself questioning my career in PR. I had been working tirelessly to build my career as a PR executive, but after investing nearly 10 years in the industry through both internships and full time positions, I found myself burned out and questioning if I really loved the job. I kept thinking 28 is too young to be burned out, to question your career path. Something must be wrong with you. You chose wrong and now you’re stuck.

But as it turns out,

  • I wasn’t stuck following a career path I wasn’t sure was for me, and
  • I wasn’t alone.

According to a study from LinkedIn completed in 2016, millennials will jump jobs an average of four times within the first 10 years they’re out of college before they settle on a career, double what was seen from the generation before during that same timeframe.

Though the study wasn’t entirely clear about whether those jobs were within the same industry or if they involved industry changes, it still illustrates that making a change can be healthy.

I took the 3AboutMe Talent Assessment and really studied my results, thinking long and hard about the opportunities that knowing my Big Three presented for me. I ultimately decided to try something different that aligned to my core strengths and passions.

After about a year, I realized the move wasn’t the best fit; though I enjoyed elements of the work, it wasn’t what I thought it would be. This wasn’t a waste by any stretch of the imagination, though. It actually gave me the opportunity to try something new, and to reaffirm my love for PR and marketing. As a result, I pitched the creation of a new role, one the company did not have, and was tasked with creating the job description, interviewing for the position and, when I accepted the job offer, continuing to help the role evolve as I went along.

What will be interesting to see is how millennials in the workforce continue to evolve over the next 20, 30 or 40 years. Will we keep job hopping? Or will learning how to be more self-aware help us zero in on roles that are a better fit earlier on so we don’t continue to make job changes? Or will we continue to follow in the footsteps of the Boomers and choose to make big career changes long after we’ve decided we’re “too old” to make a change?

Regardless, I think we can all agree: you’re never too old to make a career change. Sometimes it just takes us a while to find our spot.

Considering a career change in the New Year? Take the 3AboutMe Talent Assessment to get to know your Big Three to help you find your fit in today’s world.


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