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...
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...
"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.
"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.
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.
“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...
"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.
"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.
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...
"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.
"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.
With the Activator StrengthsFinder theme in my top 5, these are the two most common words I use in my everyday life.
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.
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.
Those with ‘Relator’ in their top 5 Strengthsfinder results have an innate motivation to go deep in any relationship.
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.
"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.
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.
"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...
"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...
“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...
"I want to leave a legacy.”
This is one of the most misunderstood CliftonStrengths themes and it is not hard to guess why.
"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.
People with Consistency in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results desire to treat people fairly, regardless of their background, age, race and gender. They particularly dislike preferential treatment, and they prefer to be fair and just towards the people they interact with.
Conflicts are a fact of life. While they are never fun, these conflicts can strengthen relationships when properly managed.
"That's interesting! I never knew that!"
People with Learner in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results have a deep desire to learn new things. They are energized by the process of journeying from ignorance to competence.
Those with Responsibility in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results take great psychological ownership for anything they commit to. They are compelled to follow these things through to completion. It is not surprising if they feel very guilty when they are not able to deliver what they say they...
Things happen for a reason.
These five words capture the essence of the Connectedness talent theme.
People with Discipline in their top 5 Gallup StrengthsFinder results enjoy putting structures into their world. These can be structures of any kinds: timetables, routines, habits, fixed diets etc.
"I understand how you feel."
People with Empathy in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results can sense the emotions of those around them. It operates like a kind of superpower: they can walk into a room and intuitively sense the morale of the team based on how people feel. They are able to feel what...