CliftonStrengths®: Futuristic® – What are you aware of?

CliftonStrengths®: Futuristic® – What are you aware of?

You have a vision

Do you have awarenesses of the future? It could be trends, whether it’s a hit or miss, investments, maybe you’re simply fascinated in everything SciFi… tapping into an energy, having a vision, it shows up differently for us all.

For me, it tends to be an awareness. Over my life, I’ve often known or been aware of things years before it becomes a trend. I still remember the early days of the internet. Being aware and acting on something are two separate things. Sometimes we hold ourselves back, at other times not.

Some of us are aware of future events 5-10 years or more in the future, for others, it could be 1-3 years. Because we often can’t verbalize why, we only “know”, selling that vision to others can present a challenge unless you already have created a role where you’re the trendsetter or visionary.

The future inspires you

You see the possibilities of the future and it inspires you. Some people may describe you as someone with “the head in the cloud” as they can’t see what you see.

I think of Sir Richard Branson and Steve Jobs when I think of people with this talent.

For me, Futuristic® is my #4 talent. This is the talent I use when I muse, tapping in the future I wish to create. I love tapping into the future when writing, I have gotten over the years that ideas I presented years ago are now common so, with books, they’ll become current sooner or later, right? 🙂

You speak of possibilities

I also love creating from the future, what I mean with that is that tapping into the energy or vision of what I desire and then creating my action plan from the future rather than from the now, yet I personally project both ways.

A possibility is an energy that can’t be labeled, what actually gets created is often even better when you don’t confine it with limitations, it kind of forfeits the purpose.

Movies and books are great sources for inspirations of the future. I remember the TV wall from the original Terminator movie many years ago. I also recall a childhood Swedish TV program from the 70s called “I fablernas värld” where they had a “picture phone” out in the woods. Well, nowadays we have both mobile phones, talk via FaceTime, Zoom, WhatsApp and other apps and big media walls are all around us.

You may be the go-to person

For people seeking inspiration and guidance, they may gravitate to you. Questions like “What if?..” or “Wouldn’t it be great if?…” are questions that tend to be used by futuristic minded people.

Having a forward-thinking mindset we need opportunities to talk about the future.

 

Do you have Futuristic® as one of your dominant talents? What future are you fascinated with? Please comment below, I’d love to know.

Are you curious what your talents might be? CLICK HERE for more information about the CliftonStrengths® Assessment or HERE for the BP10™ Assessment.

Lastly, visit Gallup’s YouTube channel for more information on the CliftonStrengths® theme of Futuristic® HERE.

CliftonStrengths®: Maximizer® – What are you improving?

CliftonStrengths®: Maximizer® – What are you improving?

You focus on Strengths

The maximizers of the world focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. Many of us love to transform people, things, processes from good to great. We just can’t help ourselves, we tend to tweak things ongoingly. To me, it means that I see your potential, your greatness, and can hold that space for you when you don’t.

For outsiders it may occur as us having high standards, we do, yet it’s not about being number one (Competition®) or being a perfectionist, again for some it does, we simply aspire to maximize our return on investment.

Imagine working on a team where everyone is playing full out, having each others’ back and continually looking at what can be made even better, would that be fun? Well, for many with the Maximizer® themes it will be.

You see the gifts in people and how they can improve

With the CliftonStrengths® theme of Maximizer® as my #3 theme, this theme expresses itself in a couple of ways for me:

  • I’m constantly tweaking and improving content related to anything design
  • I’m constantly adding to my toolbox and evolving as a person
  • I see the gifts in people and love helping people with resources that can contribute to insights
  • I love to share ideas on improvements for anyone asking
  • It’s never about being perfect for me (that turns me off) as I want to move on

Again, the dominant themes you have influence this theme so it can show up very different for each person.

Being your best

Where are you being your best? Do you invest time to get even better? In sports, it’s easy to see how you can improve your game by practicing and as a result of that score better. Raising the bar, honing your craft. As a coach and healer, I practice continually by observing and coaching people and continually pursuing new levels of awareness or skills.

With our focus on making people or things even better, we’re naturally drawn to people, teams, and organizations that strive to play on a world class level. Again, not for personal gain, rather playing to win as a team and becoming better people in the process, whether you win or lose.

Imperfection is the new perfect

It doesn’t have to be perfect, just better. And speaking for myself it’s about having the willingness to play full out, going full out and then being happy with the outcome no matter what. Oh, and it’s also about playing in the areas where you see that you can make a difference if you don’t see that you don’t engage.

Your power is in making things better, things that others are fine with and you take it to the next level. You will be selective so it’s not going to be in every area of your life. Your sweet spot is when you’re in the improvement phase. You don’t necessarily celebrate the completion as you will always find new ways to improve the areas that you are drawn to.

How long you continue to improve will again be determined by your other talents. For me with Activator® for one, I have a need to move on by revision 6, for others, it could be revision 20 (by that time my Activator® is jumping up and down). If I find mistakes, I quickly make a revision before anyone has even read revision 1.

Do you have Maximizer® as one of your dominant talents? How does it play out for you? What have you created? Please comment below, I’d love to know.

Are you curious what your talents might be? CLICK HERE for more information about the CliftonStrengths® Assessment or HERE for the BP10™ Assessment.

Lastly, visit Gallup’s YouTube channel for more information on the CliftonStrengths® theme of Maximizer® HERE.

CliftonStrengths®: Positivity® – Are you the happy one?

CliftonStrengths®: Positivity® – Are you the happy one?

You love living life to its fullest and are easily entertained

Do you feel like the energizer bunny, that just happily keeps going and going? With the natural talent of Positivity® you look at the bright side of life and find a silver lining when others don’t. You just can’t help but cheer people on with enthusiasm.

You’re quick to greet people with a smile, laugh easily, and love to have fun. For you, being the never-ending optimist, spreading joy, hope and happiness is what energizes you. Having people around you that get that and share that is very important to you.

You Rock!

You often wake up filled with energy and excitement and ready to embrace the day. While people need what you have, they don’t always want it. They may even call you naive. Please know, it’s not about you.

Positivity® is my #2 theme, and it took me many years to get that what I contributed to others was a gift. I’ve always known that I tend to leave people feeling better about themselves and it wasn’t until I lost my mojo that I realized what a gift it is to receive that for myself. Thankfully I have other happy people in my life.

You’re constantly judged for being happy

To me, happiness is a priority, I pick up the energy of people’s vibes and I’m aware of what’s going on around me, and focus on what CAN be created.

When I’m happy, I spread that joyful energy and that energy is my key to inspiration, creativity, and freedom. Often others get inspired by this too.

Remember when you were young and carefree? I’m proud to have kept my inner playful child alive. That memory still contributes to my life. Having a playful dog also helps, it’s a reminder of who I am in many ways. I’m still curious, love to play, laugh and try new things.

I’ll Google funny clips on YouTube if I need a laugh, or call a friend if I need a mood boost. I love spreading inspirational or laugh-out-loud clips, that people tend to enjoy.

Spreading good vibes

We all have a choice on how we choose to respond to everything in life. I bring my ability to see possibilities for others into my coaching and friendships.

Others, like Branden Harvey, use it to spread Good News, check him out! Another great organization is Water.org where you can help people get running water into their villages. Things like this energize me!

We have close to 8 billion experiences on this planet. There’s a lot of great stuff being created every day so why not engage in activities that inspire you?

No matter what you choose—know that you’re enough. Being naturally happy, playful and sharing that energy with others is a gift that others pay to experience.

Spread that light energy and healing laughter. Our planet needs you.

 

Do you have Positivity® as one of your dominant talents? How does it play out for you? What have you created? Please comment below, I’d love to know.

Are you curious what your talents might be? CLICK HERE for more information about the CliftonStrengths® Assessment or HERE for the BP10™ Assessment. Lastly, visit Gallup’s YouTube channel for more information on the CliftonStrengths® theme of Positivity® HERE.

CliftonStrengths: Strategic® – A big picture view

CliftonStrengths: Strategic® – A big picture view

Characteristics of the CliftonStrengths® Strategic® Talent Theme

For many of us with the CliftonStrengths® Talent Theme of Strategic®, the questions “What if?” or “What’s next?” often goes through our minds, sometimes so fast that we don’t even pay attention to it ourselves.

Another trait is the ability to quickly identify items that stand out when looking at the big picture. It could be seeing irregularities in patterns, missing pieces, a color, or simply connecting the dots and seeing the similarities between different teachings.

What stands out in the picture above for you? What thoughts pop into your head by just looking at this picture?

It could be as simple and immediate as coming to an unexpected road closure and quickly finding an alternate route, or simply having the awareness of taking an alternative route from the get-go. Maybe you’re seeing possibilities when others don’t? Many of us with this theme quickly sort out the path or alternatives, zooming in and out of the big picture view with ease. Do you recognize this in you?

Are there things that stand out like a sore thumb that you tend to address quickly, leaving people around you wondering what just happened? (or maybe that’s just my #5 theme of Activator® influencing?)

Considerations

The one thing those of us with the Strategic® talent theme need to consider is that for people around us, our actions may occur as if we’re winging it. We process different options in our head so fast and don’t normally explain how and why we arrived at the chosen path.

For many of us, it’s an intuitive theme. Added to that we love trying new things and have no problems making mid-course corrections as our focus is to find the best path forward. To keep those around us that are affected by our choices in the loop, we may need to consider sharing our thinking along the way.

As with all CliftonStrengths® themes, the way a theme comes across or is experienced by the individual varies for a number of reasons, 1) Your other dominant talents 2) How strong the talent is for you, i.e. where it falls in the ranking of your overall strengths? 3) If it’s a talent or a strength that you use daily, or not? and 4) how this theme influences how you view your life?

Added to this is the layer of the builder talent role you bring (BP10™ Assessment), and of course your trade skills and experiences.

Combining CliftonStrengths® with BP10™

What I found super interesting, after talking with a fellow coach, Jeff @ Prism Perspective Coaching, is, again, how different each role shows up for each individual. For example, for me, by just looking at my role of Conductor, and with the Relationship talent as my #1 (BP10™) together with my #1 CliftonStrengths® talent of Strategic, my focus is on WHO and PEOPLE. This means that people stand out for me over processes and that includes traffic or navigating crowds with ease. While a variety of things will stand out for me, it tends to be the impact on people that stir my pot and get me in action.  For someone else, with Strategic, it could be and often is, something completely different.

Do you have Strategic® as one of your dominant talents? How does it play out for you? Please comment below, I’d love to know.

Are you curious what your talents might be? CLICK HERE for more information about the CliftonStrengths® Assessment or HERE for the BP10™ Assessment.

Lastly, visit Gallup’s YouTube channel for more information on the CliftonStrengths® theme of Strategic® HERE.