A couple of years ago I was introduced to something called Realise2.  I quickly learned this to be an advanced personal and professional developmental tool.  It is an online tool with unique algorithms that is used to identify and assess people’s individual strengths.  Realise2 consists of 4 quadrants or sections.  These sections are really useful to distinguish the difference between a strength and a skill.  This may confuse some people and you may be thinking to yourself ‘what’s the difference? Anything I am skilled at is a strength’, but I will explain why this is not the case further below.

Have you ever been good at something but it actually felt like a chore to do?  You may be very skilled at multi-tasking and taking on various duties at the same time but it actually leaves you feeling tired and maybe even overwhelmed whenever you do undertake multiple tasks at the same time.  In fact it may be downright draining for you.  You may be amazing at organising everything that comes in your path, but you don’t actually you enjoy doing it.  Perhaps you do it because you have always done it.  Perhaps it was forced upon you do be super clean and organised by your parents and you just carried on being super organised throughout your life.  Maybe you even commenced a career that requires you to be extremely organised as well, because that is what you have always done and know how to do it well because that’s what was always expected of you to do.

These are both things that Realise2 would refer to as skills opposed to strengths.  If you have these or other qualities that you do very well, but they leave you feeling drained, then they cannot be considered a strength. To be considered a strength you must be skilled at it and it must energise you and make you feel good as well.

In the Realise2 model these types of skills are distinguished as a ‘learned behaviour’. Learned behaviours are attributes that should be controlled and regulated so that they do not deplete your energy levels too much.  A learned behaviour is something that often we picked up in childhood from our parents or guardians.  It is a behavioural trait we have learned to do that has become so ingrained in us that we do it automatically and without thinking.  Learned behaviours could include being a story-teller/entertainer to others.  Maybe you are actually quite a shy and reserved person but you have learned to ‘put on a show’ for others. On the surface it appears as though you thrive on an audience but in reality you go home after socialising completely drained and need to be alone to recover and recharge yourself.  Perhaps you abide by rules because you were punished as a child for breaking them so you learned to avoid punishment by always following rules even if they aren’t useful or make any sense to do so.  Or perhaps being compassionate and a good listener is draining you. This could be an indication that you are not focusing on yourself enough and giving yourself enough time to breath and relax without worrying about everybody else.

Realise2 assesses 60 different attributes and categorises them into 4 quadrants.  These quadrants are as follows below:

Unrealised Strengths:

Unrealised strengths are things that you are good at but you either don’t actually realise it or you are too busy doing things that leave you feeling drained and depleted, instead of utilising the strengths that energise you.  Unrealised strengths are attributes that you are currently under using in your life and you should do them more often.

 Learned Behaviour:

Learned behaviours are those things that you are good at but they do not leave you feeling energised and motivated.  They leave you feeling drained and low in energy.  These are skills you know you do well but don’t may not particularly enjoy.  These are things that should be used moderately and only when necessary.

Realised Strengths:

Realised strengths are things that you know you are good at and you really enjoying doing them.  They leave you feeling energised and motivated.   It is important not to over use realised strengths because then you run the risk of losing the energetic and positive feeling they provide you with. 


Weaknesses are things that you are not particularly good at and they do not make you feel good doing them.  Weaknesses should be used only when necessary, unless they are identified as something you really want to become better at and then there are a number of ways to reframe the task or attribute in a different way so that it is not associated with drained energy levels.

Realise2 is a fantastic tool that can help you distinguish between your actual strengths and those things that you do well, but are not really a strength because they leave you feeling low and drained.  It is helpful to differentiate between the two so that you can decide which traits you naturally excel at and should use, as opposed to the traits you naturally excel at but should minimise the use of them because they do not help you to feel motivated and enthusiastic.  Doing too much of a task that drains and depletes your energy can have a massive spill over affect into your life.

The Benefits of Undertaking and Implementing the Outcomes of the Strengths Profile Analysis:

  • Know yourself/your staff on a deeper level
  • Ability to achieve goals (personal and professional) easier and faster
  • Improvement of current performance
  • Strengthens career prospects
  • Build a better team
  • Increase overall productivity and profits
  • Be happier
  • Gain clarity and more awareness of yourself and/or your team
  • Increase staff engagement, retention and commitment

It is not uncommon for a number of light bulb moments to arise from undertaking this strengths assessment.  Some people realise they are in the totally wrong career or job role.  Others may suddenly realise they are living life not for themselves, but as a direct response of complying with others around them and what is expected of them, instead of what makes them feel good.  Another outcome can be realising that you are selling yourself short and not living up to your full potential.

The difference between Realise2 and other strengths analysis tests on the market is that this is the only one that measures the energy associated with each attribute and therefore differentiates the difference between a true strength and merely something you are good at doing.

If you are interested in undertaking a Realise2 assessment – recently renamed Strengths Profile, Jamie Rose is one of around 1500 internationally accredited facilitators in the world.  Over 150 companies around the world in over 120 countries have utilised Strengths Profile within their organisation.  There are three categories of assessments that can be undertaken.  These include an individual assessment; a team assessment and a management assessment.  Team and management assessments can be undertaken by up to 100 people.  Team assessments are a fantastic tool for looking at the dynamics within a n organisation or team working on a specific project to maximise productivity, engagement levels and over all team work.  Management assessments are great for organisations wishing to restructure themselves or those with problems around productivity and engagement.

A study of over 19,000 employees indicates there is a significant positive impact that occurs by focusing on strengths, rather than weakness, following a 36.4% overall improvement in performance.

Statistics and images supplied by The Langley Group – The creator of the Diploma of Positive Psychology & Wellbeing and the only organisation in Australia with rights to accredit 121 Strength Profile coaches.  For more information go to StrategicEQ

What others say:

 “For me the highlight of the Strengths Profile is the 1 hour session with Jamie.

Jamie explains the results and encourages discussion about how to apply the learning into our own lives. Really helpful.  Covers issues and topics I wouldn’t otherwise think about – and does so in a coherent and logical way.

Jamie helpfully explains what the test results mean and is knowledgeable on alternative modalities that served to expand my understanding of myself.  This is a MUST to gain clarity in both your personal and professional life.  I’ll be taking it again regularly to keep checking in with myself to maintain equilibrium.  Thanks, Jamie!”

Errol Kruger

Corporate Advisor, Corpsure Commerce


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