CliftonStrengths®: Input® – The Collector

CliftonStrengths®: Input® – The Collector

You collect stuff for a rainy day

CliftonStrengths® defines people with Input® as “have a need to collect and archive. You may accumulate information, ideas, artifacts or even relationships.”

This is a “collectors theme”. Saving things for a rainy day, items that can be a resource to share with other people.

You always have a desire to know more, crave information and ask questions.

You may focus on collecting specific things like facts in areas of interest, ideas, books, inspirational quotes, design concepts, …

You’re like a sponge

Going online to find something can easily turn into hours. You are naturally curious and love to explore, adding new information and tools to your expansive toolbox.

You have an open-mindedness to absorb more information and collecting from what already exists.

With your knack for hanging onto stuff you may need to be creative with how you store your “stuff”. This has become easier with the internet and electronic storage. Even drives run out of space so spent time naming and organizing your files into different categories so that you can easily find the information when needed.

You easily become the go-to person

You thrive on finding new information if by chance you don’t already have the information. You will happily search for it.

I’ve always been amazed at how new information is found. Nowadays, often through googling whatever information I’m looking for, narrowing the information down until I find what I’m looking for. And that’s the point, I always find what I was looking for even if I didn’t have the words for it to start with. That’s what I call my “score!” moment.

With Input as my #13, we’re now shifting into my supporting talents. The collection of “stuff” whether it’s electronic media or physical items can only reach a certain point with me before I start decluttering. I do not like to have too much stuff collected, or piles of “to do’s”. After a while it becomes overwhelming and when I cross that line my dominant talents step in and say “Stop! No more!” and the decluttering starts.

That might be one of the reasons I felt the need to release this theme from the dominant talent zone to the supporting zone. To simplify and declutter I’m releasing the clutter theme. You may find the lines shifting as you embrace your dominant talents. Simplifies life too.

So what if this is a dominant theme?

Your curiosity can help your “team” in their decision-making process by considering the information provided.

Your attention to details and asking questions are assets that you bring. If you’re focusing a lot of time and energy on what others are doing you may wish to preface that by saying that this is how you process information as it can be misunderstood.


Do you have Input® as one of your dominant talents? What are you collecting? 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 Input® HERE.

CliftonStrengths®: Empathy® – Are you feeling it all?

You’re feeling it, all of it.

There’s no hiding from the emotions of other living things whether it’s people, animals, trees and plants. All of it has a consciousness and at times that can become too much to handle.

Have people called you overly sensitive? Do you hear or sense what others are not saying out loud? Or that what they are saying is not jiving with their inner truth?

CliftonStrengths® defines people with Empathy® as “Can sense other people’s feelings by imagining themselves in others’ lives or situations.”

You’re highly aware

And the only way you can turn off that faucet if you don’t know that is often to distract yourself from feeling. Do you tear up easily? Or do you fight the emotions with snacking or diversions instead??

You may question why you just know what others are thinking or feeling long before they verbalize it, or say exactly what they were about to say.

Who you have around you is extremely important as you tend to be a sponge and if you buy it as your truth you may go down rabbit holes that are not yours to begin with.

It’s not limited to people

Sometimes the feelings we pick up are for the beings, plants, trees, nature itself. You may feel the pain in their bodies, or the impact on nature when you tune into an area. That is may be far far away…

When you watch TV or a movie, do you step into the movie and experience it as if you were there? I do.

Can you stand watching anything abusive? Like animal abuse? Wildfires? Floodings? Do you physically feel the pain, especially when it comes to animals and nature?  

Is what you feel yours?

You may want to ask yourself if whatever is in your body that feels xyz is yours. It may be an out there question for some yet a big relief for many that bought the feelings as theirs.

Through Access Consciousness® I became aware of the power of asking open-ended questions. Simply asking the question “Who does this belong to? Is this mine?” can bring you the awareness you need. Adding What am I aware of? is another one.

Before I found these tools I didn’t acknowledge how aware I was, or how far out I could feel. And no, you’re not crazy for tapping into events all over this planet. 

With Empathy® as my #12 theme it’s still a strong theme for me, and then there’s being aware which we all have the ability to be independent of what our theme rankings are.

Use this gift to guide others

Having this gift is great when interacting with people that are asking for your guidance and ready to access their talents and strengths. You are a great advisor.

Know that not everyone is ready for your awarenesses. Tune into your surroundings before speaking and ask questions. You may find that silence works great too.

Guide people to have their own aha’s, their version could be slightly different than yours after all.

Nurture you

Invest and learn how to separate what’s yours and what is other people’s stuff. Whether you know them or not, having your space is important.

Follow your intuition – what activities help you get your mojo back? What physical activity calls you? Walking? Running? Boxing? Or have you found meditation and/or yoga to be your thing? There are so many choices, try different activities to see what works best for you.

Invest time in you to understand how this talent plays out in your life and what your needs are to keep yourself balanced no matter what other people think.

And never forget that even if you get more emotional than others that it’s a gift that can be used to open others up.

Do you have Empathy® as one of your dominant talents? Have you distinguished the difference between what’s yours and what is other people’s feelings and POVs? Please comment below, I’d love to know.

If any of this rings true to you, consider checking out the book Being you, changing the world by Dr. Dain Heer and checking out the tools of Access Consciousness® to see if they can contribute to your life (and no I’m not being paid for saying this, the tools helped me on many levels).

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 Empathy® HERE.

CliftonStrengths®: Arranger® – What are you organizing?

CliftonStrengths®: Arranger® – What are you organizing?

CliftonStrengths® defines the Arranger® talent theme as people who “can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to determine how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.”

The conductor

This theme is often symbolized with the conductor of an orchestra, or a juggler.

Now what you orchestrate or juggle can, again, vary, bottom line is that you have a talent for keeping many projects /tasks/events going at the same time.

For some, it could be one project where you have an eye on all moving parts and easily rearrange pieces or people as needed. For others, it could be multiple projects at once.

You manage projects easily

I’ve spent most of my day job career managing various events & projects so it’s a talent that has been put to use daily. My Strategic® and Futuristic® have no doubt had a hand in this too. I often refer what I do as my fruit basket as they all fall in different business areas. I’m definitely a jack of all trades.

I also use this theme when I’m rearranging the interiors of my home, whether I’m moving furniture around, getting new stuff or simply painting a room or two. Moving is a breeze for me, I’m really thriving both in the packing and unpacking stage.

When managing all aspects of an event, you’ll intuitively know what to place where or in what order.

You easily sort and organize.

You shine when things change as you’re flexible and easily rearrange the pieces involved.

Chaos doesn’t deter you, rather the opposite, you may quickly jump into the fire to sort it out, come up with new options, paths or partnerships, and last-minute solutions.

Finding a better way is always the target. Figuring out the best way is a given. The more complex the challenge is the more you thrive when finding that better way.

For some of you, finding the perfect configuration is what’s at stake.

You’re happy on a team

Your natural knack for organization can help keep a group project on track.

You may also be a star at juggling schedules and people.

You need a dynamic environment. Being around people that resist change does not work for you.

You will look at how to best measure the progress of what is being created or how to best move forward in any given challenge.

You hunger to be efficient ongoingly. To increase your productivity.

You see what others can do easily

You intuitively know who to recruit and how to position each person. You enjoy positioning people for success with your ability to spot talent.

You have the ability to organize a team to achieve maximum efficiency and also the flexibility to adjust to shifting priorities.

Keep in mind that not all people thrive on constant change so evaluate if a change is required if other people are involved.

Do you have Arranger® as one of your dominant talents? What are you currently juggling and what does it do 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 Arranger® HERE.

CliftonStrengths®: Ideation® – The lightbulb theme

CliftonStrengths®: Ideation® – The lightbulb theme

CliftonStrengths® defines the Ideation® theme as being “fascinated with ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.”

You love to brainstorm

This theme kind of speaks for itself 🙂 You will ask questions and throw out ideas, sometimes too fast for the people around you. For some, you create overwhelm with all the ideas you offer.

This is my #10 and one of my dominant themes. When I look at friends who have Ideation® in their Top 5, I see the difference in intensity. I can turn it down and zip it, they often can’t.

You love to brainstorm and be with people that want to have fun without ego. To me, that’s key and my Positivity® theme piping in. It has to be fun for me if I’m in a group. My experience is that brilliant ideas often are born out of silly ones, so a free-flowing and open environment is key.

You love to play outside the box

You thrive when you have the opportunity to use your creativity to inspire and energize yourself and others.

In fact, one of your talents is to take what you have and shift the perspectives by looking at it from different angles and offering fresh ideas.

You love to come up with new ideas, hate repetition and doing what you’ve already done.

You need the freedom to explore

This theme has a lot of similarities with the fluidity of Adaptability®. It’s very much now in the moment and on the fly that ideas come when you’re in flow in a conversation or sitting on your own thinking about stuff.

Playing without constraints, limitations or a ceiling of how far out you can go is another need that you have.

Reading is another source for ideas, tapping into other people’s genius can energize you and stimulate more ideas that you hadn’t thought about before.

Quantum leap growth

I think one reason why personal and business growth has appealed to me is that my Ideation® gets sparked. Whether I’m listening to others sharing or reading an article or book I get to tap into new realms and perspectives.

Ideation® is a theme that moves forward, one or several ideas at the time. To me, this theme feels very spontaneous.

Quantum leaps all start from an idea.

You may want to have a notebook nearby or use the one on your phone, where you jot down ideas. I’ve often found that when I’m on my own they will hit when I’m doing something like driving or working out and don’t have the ability to write.

The talk-to-text option on your phone helps me in those situations.

Stay curious and keep exploring your ideas in ways that are intriguing to you. Create a game around it, come up with ten ideas that can contribute to a situation you’re in right now. The next one could be the one that sparks something even greater after all.

Do you have Ideation® as one of your dominant talents? Do you find that you have more ideas than you can handle? 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 Ideation® HERE.

CliftonStrengths®: Responsibility® – Can people count on you?

CliftonStrengths®: Responsibility® – Can people count on you?

CliftonStrengths® defines this theme as “taking psychological ownership of what they say they will do, they are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.”

You say yes, or avoid it

Yeah, you’re the one that says yes and takes on whatever that is until completion. For many of you, it’s a life-long lesson to learn to say “no” as you often offer up “yes” and people know they can count on you to get things done.

Balancing the yes and no is super important for you, and you may need help.

To me, it’s been a talent theme that has created an overload in life. I’ve said “yes” to too much and pushed myself over the top to get things done. Again, other themes influence here, like Achiever® which is all about performance and working hard, and Activator® who is always ready to leap and take action.

What I have observed with others sharing this theme is that it’s you tend to be the automatic “yes” people or the complete opposite – the ones not jumping in. You take your word seriously.

Keeping a balance is key

When you take responsibility for the things that matter the most, you thrive. The flipside is to keep a balance because of this. When you say yes to everything it’ll stress many of you out as you’ve given your word to it, and that means that you will do it.

It’s OK to say “no” now and then. Make sure you don’t overcommit to work so you have time for the fun stuff.

It’s so easy to give the “responsible” one the projects or to do’s because you know you can count on them getting things done and consider that spreading the balance on the team is helping everyone grow. Having said that placing someone with Responsibility® in a role where these talents can be utilized as part of their daily “tasks” will help you thrive.

Freedom to work independently is important

Many with the Responsibility® talent have high ethical standards and capacities to function independently. In fact, you need the freedom to take ownership and bring dependability. Not delivering on your word is something you’ll avoid at all cost.

I used to joke about how the word “no” has been the hardest word for me to say, especially at work. In my personal life, I’m not one to be guilted into doing anything–so good luck trying this on me. I feel I have more choice there for some reason.

In my personal life I can easily say no, but at work, I’ve found myself saying yes… because… ownership.

It’s a trust theme

This theme creates trust as people know that they can count on you and that you will communicate if you need help or see something that needs to change to honor the commitment made.

You bring loyalty and appreciate it in others. Having friends and co-workers that share this sense of commitment will nurture you and create strong bonds.

As a manager and leader with Responsibility®, your ability to be your word can be used to build a team that inspires improvement and performance.

You have their back

To me, this theme is also used to look out for and help the people I care about by having their back, looking out for their blind spots when it comes to commitments made that are about to fall through.

As a manager, and person, you take ownership for your team in addition to what your part is whether it’s work or your family. This helps create an environment where people feel comfortable coming to you for help.

You bring stability to partnerships. You naturally have the ability to gut check and help yourself and others to remember the commitments that have been made. Can you still deliver what was promised as a team or individually? Are tweaks needed due to unforeseen circumstances?

Do you have Responsibility® as one of your dominant talents? Are you a yes person or do you avoid saying yes? 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 Responsibility® HERE.