To focus on my strengths, I must have humility and accountability for my weaknesses.
Sometimes that means working incredibly hard to push through a task or line of thinking that cannot and will not come naturally. Sometimes that means creating a whole a new approach that can leverage my strengths. Often, it means asking for and accepting help.
My Top 5 Strengths provide me (and you) with insight into my thinking preferences. They influence how I approach identifying and solving problems.
People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
I often joke that my mind is like a clothes dryer… there are lots of things in there rolling around… open the door and a sock falls out! Each “sock” is an idea, a new thought, a potential improvement, something new way of putting things together to solve a puzzle.
People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.
Remember those socks? The very good news is that I have a deep drive to see if my ideas can actually work. I develop plans of action, I use data and research to develop and support my thinking, or to reject an idea that can’t (or shouldn’t) be implemented.
People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
I love to learn and discover new things. If you say, “I wonder if we could…”, prepare for me to jump into action to figure out how and why we can! I thrive on ideas and concepts, needing to “connect the dots” to create complete pictures.
People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
“Let’s figure out how to move forward,” is something you’ll hear me say. Problems and challenges are excellent opportunities to find new, better ways of doing things. I love solving puzzles, experiments, and mysteries!
People who are especially talented in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions.
I can’t help it. I tend to take charge, especially when there is a leadership vacuum or if a project has stalled. I actually enjoy speaking in public (gasp!) and persuading others to adopt my point-of-view. This is a terrific asset MOST of the time but I’m self-aware enough to know that it is also can be a source of conflict. With that awareness, I make a conscious effort to spend more time listening, to actively seek the opinions of others before sharing mine, and to use inclusive language so that others know that I’m open to different ways of thinking.
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