CliftonStrengths®: Command® – No fluff required

CliftonStrengths®: Command® – No fluff required

You’re a straight shooter so this article is brief and to the point, a 2 minute read max.

You’re courageous

CliftonStrengths® defines this theme as having “presence”. You can “take control of a situation and make decisions.”

In your world, it’s important, to be honest, and realistic. You need things to be clear. You have no problem bringing people out of their comfort zone, in fact, you may push the envelope.

You bring decisiveness, are often direct and have the natural ability and desire to resolve conflicts. Avoidance is not an option. In fact, you’ll confront people if you have to, even if you have to stir up emotions in the process.

You don’t mess around

If people push you, you push back. You have no problem speaking your mind, including saying the things that most people are afraid to say out loud.

You’re driven, direct, and decisive. You bring emotional clarity and will take risks that may intimidate others.  

Because you’re a straight shooter people know where you stand even if it makes others uncomfortable.

You take charge

You’re willing to take charge, lead with ease and people follow you. While leadership is found in all of the talent themes, the theme of Command® is willing to go where others are not.

You have a protective nature and can unite people around a mission. Your charisma, natural take charge leadership skills and your willingness to speak up for other people will create loyalty.

This is my #15 theme and I have a deep appreciation for everything this theme brings. Having presence while being a no BS person who’s willing to speak up makes life easy, for you and people around you.


Do you have Command® as one of your dominant talents? What is your leadership style? 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 Command® HERE.

Your story: 3 simple ways to finally create it.

Your story: 3 simple ways to finally create it.

When someone asks, “What’s your story?” You blank out. At least I did.

It had me twisted for years after excavating every cell of my body and still not being clear on the missing piece.

The problem was that I was focusing on the missing piece. I was trying hard to get clear.

My old story: I didn’t have one to tell.

And while knowing that we ALL have our unique story to tell I just couldn’t identify what mine was. And that’s part of the puzzle.

It’s so easy to get in your head about a question like that and make it more significant than it needs to be. I was trying to identify that last piece and just couldn’t. And then it hit me, just last month (no kidding):


If life is a story that you create why not create a story that fulfills all of your dreams and desires?


Think about this. You may already be doing this in every area of your life, and if so – congratulations! You focus on your dreams yet find they’re still no closer to being fulfilled today. Why is that?

Maybe you know that it’s all about your attitude and the energy attached to that energy. Then there’s what you believe in your conscious vs. subconscious mind… and that is where I identified the glitch.

Have you ever noticed the energy that hits you in the face when scrolling down the newsfeed on social media?

All the posts competing for your attention as you scroll down the newsfeed? Ads, opinions, puppy videos. It’s so easy to get caught up in other people’s realities and stories and then forget to ask yourself what story you wish to create for yourself.

Once that awareness hits, you still may have a story or two that limits your success that you can’t find the words for or act on. Perhaps you’re not building your business because you can’t figure out your story.

It’s so easy to go on autopilot even when you have good intentions. Some, like me, go with the flow and follow the energy and then there are structured plans and to do lists which works for some, and not for others. No matter what mix you need it starts with asking questions.


Here are 3 ideas to get unstuck:

#1 Shift your focus – the things you think about. Instead of focusing on the problem, focus on the end result. Easy right? When you feel great it’s a given, and when you don’t there may be a gap between what you know, how you feel, and taking action.

Ask yourself how you can serve YOU today before everyone else. What do you NEED to stay happy throughout the day? A workout? A chat with a buddy? A game of golf? Shoot hoops? Meditation? Some time with your partner?


#2 What IS the story you would like to create for your life? What are the successes you wish to achieve? Small or big? What would energize you to get up in the morning and honor you AND those around you to the best of your ability?


#3 What, if any, are the beliefs that are stopping you? Now, instead of focusing on the problems, simply write them down, identify the opposite belief and ask yourself, “how you can create more of that today?”


There are many tools and processes out there that can help, and many coaches that can help you with your specific needs depending on what that is. In sports it’s a given to have a coach, why not in business and life?


Here are some resources to explore:

Soar® – Here you can find CliftonStrengths® coaches and other coaches – your one-stop shop!

Gallup® Strengths Center – CliftonStrengths® – a shortcut to really get in tune with what’s important to you. The assessment identifies your hardwired perspectives and talents and with that, your needs.

One Command® – I found this simple process in recent months, it’s super easy to shift your mindset in a few minutes.

Access Consciousness® – The power of learning to ask questions, clearing whatever has you stuck and upping your awareness in the process.

CliftonStrengths®: Achiever® – Getting stuff done

CliftonStrengths®: Achiever® – Getting stuff done

CliftonStrengths® defines the theme of Achiever® as “Work hard and possess a great deal of stamina. You take immense satisfaction in being busy and productive.

You thrive on completion

One symbol for this theme is the to-do list, you love having a list of to do’s, especially as you get to check them off, one at the time.

Like groundhog day, every day starts from scratch, what you did yesterday doesn’t count and you love to push the envelope, for yourself and others.

You may push yourself to complete your list of the day to feel a sense of achievement.

You have an internal fire

Burning within to get stuff done, being hungry to achieve more, every day, so get that task list going.

You may want to include downtime and activities that you love, like your choice of workout, into your schedule, and other important achievements as it’s easy to allow work to take over your life.

What can you add to your life or current project(s) to push you to the next level? To continually challenge yourself set the bar higher for each project you start.

You need the freedom to work at your own pace. Celebrate your successes and completions. Take a short break now and then.

Incorporate your highest priorities into projects plus interests and passions that drive you to succeed in your projects. Adding your specific game plan to accomplish achievements could serve as an incentive. It could be the way you track your scores or the rewards upon completion, even if it’s only for a moment.

Doing nothing doesn’t work for you

You need to be busy and productive or “it” will appear as a big waste of time.

You love working with people that work hard too, and slackers are not your cup of tea. In fact, you hate that mentality.

This doing theme is the #1 top 5 theme of all CliftonStrengths® talent themes in the USA where being productive is important.

Partnering with people that have a similar energy will energize you. Other achievers or themes like Focus® or Maximizer® could compliment you.

Smelling the roses?

Doing and completing has that effect on you. It’s not that you can’t relax, you just thrive more when you’re in action.

You take pride in being busy and productive. You’re hungry and a go-getter so people can often count on your to deliver.

You also need the freedom to work at your own pace.

You have high expectations

What if you directed your energy toward helping your team(s) reach their targets?

Tracking metrics like milestones, prospects targeted and closed and more could motivate you to help guide your team.

You may want to check in with your team before committing to timelines and new projects as their pace and needs may be different.


Do you have Achiever® as one of your dominant talents? What is your favorite way to measure your achievements each day? 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 Achiever® HERE.

CliftonStrengths® 34 Talent Themes – What does it mean?

CliftonStrengths® 34 Talent Themes – What does it mean?

The 34 Talent themes

One of the many things that I love about the 34 talents is that it tells you a story of how you’re uniquely wired, much like your DNA.

What I have found is that transformational work doesn’t impact these talents. That’s pretty profound. So, even if you change a lot as a person, HOW you approach life still remains.

I’ve taken the assessment a couple of times, different versions, and when I finally revealed the ranking of ALL 34 11 years later that included massive transformation, ALL, except one theme was in my Top 10. That theme, by the way, happens to be Achiever® and while I’m still driven, there are other themes at play.

If you’re drained it’s not a dominant talent

While getting things done drives me it’s not Achiever® (#14) in action for me, it’s my Activator® (#5) rearing to get things started together with other themes. Kicking off a project, and managing short-term projects to completion inspires and energizes me way more.

Achievers tend to do much better at long-term project management, which drains me. In my ideal world I’d kick things off and let other people run the day-to-day operations. Sometimes that’s the subtle difference, how a “theme” impacts you.

The key to identifying your dominant talents is to ask yourself “Is this me, all the time? Like 24/7?” As you starting looking into each theme there will be a point when you say, “yeah that’s me but not all the time”, that’s when you’ve entered the “supporting talent theme zone”.

To find out where that “line” goes, imagine me saying that you can’t keep that talent and watch your gut reaction.

When it’s a dominant talent you will fight for it, when it’s a supporting talents it isn’t as significant, and when we reach the last “line” that divides your supporting talents and lesser talents you’re often happy to let them go. When you find yourself skipping a theme and claiming the next you’ve already crossed the line to the “lesser” talents.

It’s a process

Once you realize that you don’t have to be a pro at everything and that there are other people that would thrive by doing what you hate doing then it becomes easy to let go of those tasks.

The lesser talent themes are areas that are in your blindspot, that you don’t even think to consider or have the energy to do. Sure you can do it but it would drain you, and why not invest time and money into the talent themes that energize you?

What I’ve found is that some of the people that trigger us in life may have our bottom themes as their dominant ones. At other times, it’s simply someone in party pooper mode that is not focusing on what makes them thrive. Also, our dominant talents are more likely to trigger us than the lesser themes.

If you find yourself getting pissy, cranky, off balance, not happy, … then look at your dominant talents, one by one, to identify if they are being nurtured. Often there’s one or two, or more, where the needs are not being met, hence the mood.

Could it really be that easy?

Several teachings speak of some sort of version of “What you focus on expands”, in other words you get more of whatever you think of.

Why not think about or do more of what energizes you? What comes easy to you? What explorations are FUN?

What if delegating all the stuff you h-a-t-e doing to people that thrive on it and making their day and your in the process? Freeing up time for you to do what you do best.

I’ve found that not investing in my dominant talents is what will get me stopped. All the different talent themes have needs, please prioritize them for the sake of your own well-being.

Be your best you. Shine as the unique person you are. Everyone around you will thank you, and those that don’t may not have your best in mind.

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