My Strengths

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.sock

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.strategic

“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.command

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.


Want to know more? You can Learn about all 34 Themes



2 Replies to “My Strengths”

  1. The good news:
    The idea if focusing on strengths, rather than weaknesses, is quite good!

    The bad news:
    A) NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT when your bosses Top 2 strengths clash with yours, and when your bosses coaching you is really nothing more than inflicting their own top 1 or 2 strengths onto you as “the right way to perform better”—-when:
    B) you dont have either of their Top 2 strengths in your Top 5, at all.
    Fix this! Its a problem and its Real.

    Developing a strength—-within ourselves—is one thing. Trying to make our strengths be someone else’s, is something much different. So much for “being who you are”. Focusing on strengths IS good, but dont let it become “too much if a good thing” or mis-applied.


    1. Good comment. In my experience, one of the best aspects of focusing on Strengths is when it is done as a team. In that application, it allows you to have a better sense of where each person is coming from and what aspects of a project are best suited for each team member. It also gives context to sources of conflict and disagreement.

      Anyone who uses strengths as a battering ram is doing it wrong. LOL

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