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Understanding StrengthsFinder Domains - Executing

Gallup's research on the CliftonStrengths profiling tool shows that the odds of having the same top 5 themes in the same order as somebody else is about 1 in 33 million. This means that in your lifetime, you may never meet somebody else with the same top 5 talent themes as you, let alone have...

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Victor Seet Sep 13, 2017

What's in a Teacher? [Teachers' Day Special]

I have always admired what teachers do. I married a teacher, and I have so many good friends who chose this vocation.

As a StrengthsFinder coach in Singapore, I also have the added privilege of working with many school leaders and teachers, conducting Strengths-based Leadership Workshops for...

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Victor Seet Aug 31, 2017

DiSC vs. StrengthsFinder [A Comprehensive Guide]

To date, over 50 million people worldwide have taken some form of the DiSC assessment.

In contrast, only 16 million have taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 profiling test.

What’s the difference between the two tools, especially for personal or professional development?

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Tan Meiling Jul 19, 2017

5 Themes Most Likely to Have an Issue with StrengthsFinder

One Sunday, I was sitting around with a few other folks from the young adults group I was involved in. I got to talking about my work as a StrengthsFinder Coach (a common occurrence, if you hang around me often), and one of the young adults there remarked that she’d recently taken the...

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Tan Meiling Jun 11, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder ‘Positivity'

"We can do this!"

People with Positivity in their CliftonStrengths profile enjoy seeing others smile. They relish the moment when others' eyes light up, and they love to see people being encouraged.

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Victor Seet May 30, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder 'Restorative'

"This needs to be fixed."

Those with Restorative in their StrengthsFinder profiles enjoy problem-solving. When approaching any situation, simply thinking about what's wrong energizes those with Restorative and empowers them to think about solutions to move forward. 

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Victor Seet May 22, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder ‘Competition'

Those with Competition in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results intuitively benchmark themselves against others. They see the world as a playing field, and they want to win.

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Victor Seet May 16, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder 'Adaptability'

“Why do you keep doing things at the very last minute?”

I used to think of this as a very bad habit - to procrastinate and wait till the very last moment before getting anything done. I never quite understood why people behaved that way. That is, until I began to understand people with...

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Victor Seet Apr 30, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder 'Focus'

"What’s our main goal?"

People with Focus in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results enjoy zooming in on the task that sits on top of their priority list and working at it. They need a clear goal or outcome to perform at their best. 

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Victor Seet Apr 29, 2017

StrengthsFinder Myth Busters: The Definitive Guide

As a StrengthsFinder Coach, I get tons of questions that begin with, “So you mean that (insert myth here), right?” It’s time to clear all doubt on what StrengthsFinder can and cannot do – what it is and isn’t. I’ll take you through 12 myths that need to be busted.

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Jason Ho Apr 29, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder 'Self-Assurance'

"I already knew that."

The Wife calls this the conversation killer. 

When the Wife shares with me a new discovery or something she learnt, this statement "I already knew that" is usually a response that puts her off.

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Victor Seet Apr 22, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder ‘Command'

Calling out fellow Command mates. We are a rare breed (in fact, Command is the rarest strength in the world). Perhaps that’s why we are often misunderstood and sometimes even labelled as “bossy.” While there is some truth in that (particularly when our Command talent theme is still in its...

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Victor Seet Apr 16, 2017

The Allure of Addiction: How Our Strengths Come Into Play

It was a little past 1 a.m., and I’d been out walking around my neighbourhood for 3 hours. I’d clocked over 20,000 steps on my Fitbit, and ventured into more dark alleys, desolate parking lots, and previously unexplored territories than I cared to count.

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Tan Meiling Apr 15, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder ‘Ideation'

"What a great idea!"

People with Ideation in their CliftonStrengths results are fascinated by ideas. They derive great joy and excitement whenever a new idea occurs to them.

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Victor Seet Apr 06, 2017

A Manager’s Guide: Using StrengthsFinder in Personal Development

In 2016, Gallup scientists found that managers account for at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement across business units. This simply means that managers have a lot of influence on an employee’s performance and engagement level. Gallup also reports that strengths-based interventions...

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Victor Seet Apr 01, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder 'Maximizer'

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle

Those with the Maximizer CliftonStrengths theme in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results have a high regard for excellence. "From Good to Great" is a tagline that they can identify with.

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Victor Seet Mar 31, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder ‘Activator'

“Let’s go!”

With the Activator StrengthsFinder theme in my top 5, these are the two most common words I use in my everyday life.

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Victor Seet Mar 30, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder ‘Achiever'

One day, I came home and found a to-do list for me smacked onto the fridge.

Work of the Wife. Hallmark of an Achiever.

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Victor Seet Mar 28, 2017

3 Reasons to Use StrengthsFinder to Build Strong Families

Families are complicated…and some more complicated than others. The people closest to us see the best and the worst of us, and vice versa. Yet even though our family members are such familiar figures in our lives, at times it feels like they’re the biggest mystery of all – particularly when...

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Tan Meiling Mar 28, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring Strengthsfinder 'Strategic'

When I think of the Strategic talent theme, Zhuge Liang, a famous Strategist in Ancient China, instantly comes to mind. At his peak, he was known as a master tactician, brilliant advisor and insightful leader. 

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Victor Seet Mar 21, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring Strengthsfinder 'Relator'

Those with ‘Relator’ in their top 5 Strengthsfinder results have an innate motivation to go deep in any relationship. 

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Victor Seet Mar 20, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder 'Arranger'

People with Arranger in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results enjoy managing different variables and moving parts as they work towards a productive outcome. They are energized by the process of aligning and realigning to find the best configuration possible.

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Victor Seet Mar 17, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder ‘Futuristic'

"I can foresee that..."

Those with Futuristic in their CliftonStrengths profile enjoy thinking about the future. They love to dream. They love to envision what the future would look like and are inspired by what it has in store for them.

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Victor Seet Mar 08, 2017

Working in a Strengths-Based Organization

At Strengths School, we believe in creating a culture of empowerment for everyone who works with us, in line with our vision of “Seeing every generation live out their full potential.” For this reason, we actively seek out young people with the same heart to equip, nurture, and create...

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Tan Meiling Mar 06, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder 'Communication'

Those strong in the Communication talent theme generally love to express themselves and bring energy into dialogues. They turn events into stories that they can tell. 

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Victor Seet Mar 01, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring Strengthsfinder 'Belief'

"Values are like fingerprints. Nobody's are the same, but you leave them all over everything you do." - Elvis Presley

People with Belief in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results possess core values that are enduring. Often, their Belief talent theme causes them to be family-oriented, altruistic...

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Victor Seet Feb 27, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder ‘Harmony'

"I'd like to hear what everyone thinks." People with Harmony in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results believe that there is little to be gained from conflict. They believe that conflict produces too many negative emotions that drain the energy of people. Instead, they aim to find areas of...

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Victor Seet Feb 22, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder ‘Developer'

“You are capable of so much more!"

Those with Developer in their CliftonStrengths results desire to see people grow from strength to strength. Because of this, the genius of Developer talents lies in the ability to see the unfulfilled potential in people and to actively invest in nurturing...

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Victor Seet Feb 21, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder ‘Significance'

"I want to leave a legacy.”

This is one of the most misunderstood CliftonStrengths themes and it is not hard to guess why. 

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Victor Seet Feb 15, 2017

Growing Talent to Strength: Featuring StrengthsFinder ‘Input'

"This might come in useful someday!" People with Input in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results love to do research and collect ideas, quotes and useful articles. They might also collect tangible objects such as cards, books or photographs.

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Victor Seet Feb 15, 2017

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