#CoachHG Collection: Power Of Clustering (Connectedness, Discipline, Includer, Individualization & Responsibility) - StrengthsFinder Singapore

As a follow up from the Power of Clustering and Gladys’ article on how her talent themes cluster and show up in different aspects of her life, let us take a look at another example from Ho Zhi Hui. Zhi Hui’s talent themes are different from that of Gladys’. From this, we can compare and contrast to see how these completely different talent themes manifest in similar situations.

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Zhi hui’s talent themes are: Connectedness | Discipline | Includer | Individualization | Responsibility

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I will proceed to ask her how her various talent themes show up.

At home:  As the oldest child, I always felt like my Responsibility-Discipline-Connectedness talent themes come hand in hand and show up at home. I am not sure when this came about, but I was always emotionally invested (Responsibility) in emphasising family values and priorities as a role model in the family. It is the norm for us to sit down and have dinner together as a family on a daily basis. In addition, we make it a point to share our day’s happenings throughout the course of our meal. This routine has long been part and parcel of my life, and to me it never felt like a chore or obligation, but more of a key supporting structure in my life (Discipline). These small yet accumulative actions were, to me an indispensable part of a larger purpose as a family, and I cannot be prouder being part of something so much greater than myself (Connectedness).

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In an academic setting: I established a personal study system and followed through it for my entire 2 years in JC – lecture, summary notes, tutorial, quiz (Discipline). Studying to me was not about getting the perfect grades, but more of being able to aid myself in a smoother transition towards my later stages of life (Connectedness). My intellectual curiosity towards how each individual is distinct (Individualization) then led me on to choose psychology as one of my preferred majors in university.

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In a non-academic setting: My position as a student leader made me want to foster a more inclusive culture by giving a voice to students of different backgrounds through dialogue sessions (Includer). I strongly believe that no personality type should be deemed as a misfit to the school culture, as each person is unique and hence deserves to be treated with respect (Individualization). I was hence committed to doing my part to integrate these members into the school community in my capacity (Responsibility).

To pursue a possible career: How personalities form, how characteristics play out in the larger arena, has always been something I sought to understand on a deeper level (Individualization). As different as people may get, an inclusive society has always been part of the Singaporean narrative, and this is also something I strongly advocate for (Includer). Being the catalyst to promote consensus amidst diversity has been my key motivation to pursue a career in people management, personal growth and leadership development in the future. This gives me a larger purpose in life as a youth who has gone through experiences which have shaped who I am today (Connectedness). 

Conclusion:

More often than not, our talent themes operate in clusters. Hence, do take a step back, and appreciate how much more your talent themes can do for you when they come together. You are so much more than just your individual talent themes! 


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#CoachHG Collection: Power Of Clustering (Achiever, Arranger, Input, Intellection & Learner) - StrengthsFinder Singapore

Hi! In my previous article on the Power of Clustering, I had shared about my talent themes and how they cluster naturally. In this article, I will use the case study of my intern to show how her talent themes cluster naturally and show up in different aspects of her life.

Her talent themes are: Achiever | Arranger | Input | Intellection | Learner.

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"Hey Gladys, how do your various clusters of talent themes show up in different settings?"

At home: My Achiever-Learner-Input talent themes work together. At home, I’m in charge of most of the housework (Achiever) with great efficiency. I watch different videos off YouTube (Input) to learn about different ways to do household chores more effectively and try these methods out at home (Learner).

In an academic setting: As a student, the talent cluster I use very often is Learner-Input-Intellection. Especially so while preparing for General Paper, I would pay attention to trending topics (Learner) and then source for specific evidences and data (Input) to back up my learnings. From there, I would internalize different concepts (Intellection) at home before writing about it in my essays.

In a non-academic setting: I use my Arranger-Achiever-Input cluster frequently in church. With my Arranger talent theme, I juggled the various concurrent projects going on in church. My Achiever talent theme helps me to accomplish as much as I could in a single day efficiently, and my Input talent theme helps to further cut down on the time needed to source for various resources (needed for the projects) since I already have a set of ready-to-use inventory.

Conclusion:

A cluster of 3 talent themes frequently work together to empower us to do amazing stuff naturally. Take the next moment to reflect and marvel at how great you are through the power of clustering.


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My 10th Year Wedding Anniversary

I would like to share about my wife's noble character using a Strengths-Lens.

Proverbs 31 Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

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10 A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.

Empathy: The greatest good Yvonne brought to me is Empathy. I was brought up in an extremely dysfunctional family that did not allows feelings to thrive. Every family member must be Man-enough to settle his own life. I learn to fend for myself as a child because no one really care whether you live or die. Yvonne patiently nurtures my feelings and allows my feelings to flow more naturally.

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13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.

Input: She really brings food from afar! If you can get to ask Yvonne, she would tell you that I can have a whole season of my life eating just one type of food for dinner - 宫保鸡丁. She is just my opposite. She can travel afar just to buy any food she reads about that is highly recommended. Otherwise, I would never bother to buy and taste such good food.

15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.

Consistency: She treats people fairly regardless of their social status. One great example is uncle Aziz, a cleaner in my housing estate. During festive season, she will remind me to give him a 'gift'.. She also intentionally spends time with a young widow and treats her with dignity and love.

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16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.

Adaptability: Well, Yvonne does not deal with property, trading and fashion industries. But she is very adaptable. Before she married me, she couldn't cook and she was what we called the 'kuniang' - soft, gentle and fragile. I usually read people very accurately but not this time. The first year she married me, it was a major transition of my life; switching from a career I had for 11 years. Immediately followed by my young baby boy who needed to go for a major operation. Waves after waves of challenging moments through our marriage, she adapted so well and grew stronger and stronger. Now, I may be more 'kuniang' than her - I hope not!

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20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.

Developer: She loves to help the under privilege 'level up' as much as possible; uncle Aziz the cleaner, a widow who stays 2 blocks away, cleaner aunty in her former work place, missionaries she supported for about 15 years, etc. Not forgetting her persistent care for my elder son due to his GDD.

21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

Restorative + Harmony: Though she did not fix any problems that are related to snow (Singapore is in the equatorial regions), she does fix lots of relational problems. She is a natural mediator in the family, in her workplace and in her social circles.

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22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.

Responsibility: It is amazing how she gets her energy to take ownership of so many things. Wakes up at 5.30am for her workout, then settle the family breakfast. For the next 10 hours, stretching herself to ensure the school is running well. Once she returns home, it is always spending meaningful time with the children before she burns midnight oil for her work again. And she occasionally also needs to handle the 'big boy'; me.


25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.

Positivity: I have lived with a life of storm since birth and I am pretty comfortable with it. Before she married me, she hardly went through storms. Then I welcomed her into my 'life of storms'. Wow, she made it! She has put to practise a Sunday School song - With Christ in the Vessel we can Smile at the Storm.

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26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Belief: She fears the Lord. Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting - btw she is still very pretty. But what makes her more beautiful is her fear for the Lord.


31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Yes, I am now honoring my beloved wife, Yvonne Lim.

#CoachHG Collection: Power Of Clustering (Self-Assurance, Significance & Communication) - StrengthsFinder Singapore

My earlier articles introduce CliftonStrengths talent themes independently:

Activator / Analytical /  Belief / Competition / Developer / Empathy /  Futuristic / Harmony / Ideation / Positivity / Relator / Strategic

I then proceed to show how talent themes actually pair-up naturally:

  1. Maximizer-Restorative
  2. Woo-Deliberative
  3. Ideation-Consistency
  4. Adaptability-Context-Focus

I shall attempt to showcase the 'greater uniqueness' of individuals through the Power of Clustering; when 3 talent themes blend naturally with one another. 3 of my Dominant themes (in my Top 10) are Self-Assurance, Significance & Communication.

Self-Assurance

People with strong Self-Assurance talents can lead the way. Because they deeply trust their own instincts, they can forge ahead confidently, even on risky paths. They can instill confidence in others and show initiative in the midst of turbulence and uncertainty.

Significance

People with strong Significance talents want to be very important in others' eyes. They seems to be willing to die for a cause in order to impact communities, transform culture or leaving behind a legacy.

Communication

People with strong Communication talents bring attention and focus to important messages. They can find words for not only their own thoughts and feelings, but for those of others. This gives them the ability to reach out and connect with others in meaningful ways.

As a child: When I was 11 years old, I was pretty upset that my Maths teacher was so poor in her teaching. I thought: "If I were to stand up to teach now, I will do a much better job and the whole class will surely understand my lesson." My Self-Assurance talent was beaming with confidence and my Significance talent wanted to gain admiration for my ability to impact the whole class. From then on, I taught many of my classmates Maths using Communication talent and I also frequently declared to others that "one day, I will be a great Maths teacher". I was eventually awarded a scholarship to study and teach Maths.

As a teenager: When I was 16 years old, most people were intensely preparing for their 'O' Level examination. I thought: "Before I graduate from my secondary school, I will plan and run a cohort camp with a few of my classmates." My Self-Assurance talent is not affected by the fear of not having enough time to prepare for exam and my Significance talent  wanted to leave a legacy of a student-initiated large scale event. I then use my Communication talent to convince a group of classmates to join me.

As a new teacher: When I was 25 years old, I was tasked by my Maths HOD to run the yearly Maths-competition for the students. I thought: "Why are we doing the traditional way of Quiz & Buzzer?" My Significance talent  wanted to pioneer the first ever Experiential Maths Competition in the school field that integrated Maths problem solving and Tele-match with props. My Self-Assurance talent instills confidence in others in the midst of their uncertainty of success. I then used my Communication talent to convince my HOD for approval and briefed all the teachers on the execution plan.

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As an entrepreneur: When I was 41 years old, I was asking myself regarding the purpose of my next lap. I concluded that I need to speak to the multitudes in the school hall in order to shape the values of the 21st century learners. My Significance talent has created a high calling. For the following 4 years, I indeed spoke to the tens of thousands students with conceptual clarity & social connectivity using my Communication talent. My Self-Assurance talent frequently 'shocked' the teachers with my high level of confidence when addressing the whole school that was new to me.

Conclusion:

A cord of 3 talent themes can create amazing things; excellent performance and a sense of purposefulness to boost self-esteem. Can you find your cord and how your 3 talent themes manifest together to strengthen one another?


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#CoachHG Collection: Conflict Resolution (Adaptability, Context & Focus) - StrengthsFinder Singapore

This article seeks to bring clarity to resolve internal conflict when a person has talent themes that highly contrast with one another.

Though low chance of happening, but there are people who have more than 1 pair of unlikely-paired contrasting talent themes in CliftonStrengths. This article's case study is on Adaptability, Context & Focus talent themes.

'Adaptability & Focus' and "Context & Focus' both have less than 1% chance of appearing together in one's Top 5.

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Adaptability talent theme

The genius of your Adaptability talent begins with where you “live” in terms of your mind. You live in the present - - - even the present moment. Whereas others live their lives in their “rear-view mirror”, always looking to the past and being tied to the past, you are a right here – right now person. The genius of this perspective means that you can change and change quickly. Rather than being rigid, you are flexible; and rather than being tied to some pre-set plan, you can quickly change to meet immediate demands and circumstances that require attention. But the real genius of your adaptability is seen in circumstances that make others scramble and cower into some safety zone for security. Your genius talent of Adaptability comes to light in chaos. In fact, you not only deal with chaos, you get energized, come alive and get a thrill out of chaos as you “ride the wave” and quickly make the changes that chaos requires. This then points to another genius aspect of your Adaptability talent. You can learn and change so quickly.

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Context talent theme

The genius of your Context talent is found in the way you think about the past and use that form of thinking to learn, plan and solve problems. The present is important to you, but in your mind, the present is best understood by seeking to understand what has led up to the present. Thus, your mind often goes backwards and looks for what has caused what we are experiencing today. This look to the past gives great wisdom for understanding the present and forms a basis for making informed decisions and plans in the present and for the future. The genius of your Context way of thinking provides you with a basis for making high quality decisions and plans and for problem-solving. In addition, as you apply the genius of your Context way of thinking when you learn, you will learn with great understanding which results in high achievement.

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Focus talent theme

The genius of your Focus talent begins with what you can do with your mind. You can focus your attention to an unusual level of concentration. That concentration enables you to amass facts and information, read with clarity of understanding, and solve problems with great precision. You can concentrate to the extent that people may come into a room you are in, and you may not hear or see them. While others pride themselves with their ability to multi-task, you know that for you, you are most productive when you concentrate on one thing at a time. Your focusing talent results in prolonged concentration to address and solve complex problems and planning processes. You learn in great depth, and because of your focusing, when you learn, plan and solve problems, your recall is remarkable.

What if you have Adaptability, Context & Focus talent themes in your Top 5 themes?

“ADAPTABILITY + FOCUS”
You concentrate on the here and now. If there is a change in your environment, you can respond quickly and effectively.

The uniqueness of Adaptability theme is that rather than being rigid, you are flexible; and rather than being tied to some pre-set plan, you can quickly change to meet immediate demands and circumstances that require attention. This seems to be in direct contrast with Focus theme. You will experience internal conflict and confusion when you stereotype yourself to be either 'rigid' or 'flexible'. Once you master your wide range between 'fixed' and 'flexible', you can then make intentional choice to get the right blend of Adaptability & Focus in a specific season for a specific task with a person(s).

“CONTEXT + FOCUS”
By taking time to consider prior events and experiences, you get better at prioritizing activities and concentrating on outcomes.

The uniqueness of Context theme is that you look into as many clues from the past to see the pattern on why things are happening presently in order to move to the future. Focus theme operates differently in that the main goal that needs to be achieved must not be 'contaminated' by other factors (eg. things that happened in the past) so that the prolong concentration to make things happen from now till the end is all that matter. Once you master your wide range between 'multiple causes from the past' and 'singular concentration towards the future goal', you can then make intentional choice to get the right blend of Context & Focus in a specific season for a specific task with a person(s). 

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#CoachHG Collection: Conflict Resolution (Ideation & Consistency) - StrengthsFinder Singapore

Please read #CoachHG Collection: Conflict Resolution (Introduction) before proceeding further.

Ideation & Consistency are 2 very contrasting talent themes in CliftonStrengths.

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Ideation talent theme

The genius of your Ideation talent begins with your love of ideas and the way you so quickly learn new ideas, concepts and principles. But you are not passive. It is as if you take ideas and then begin spinning them around in your mind. With each new idea you learn, you tend to think about it over and over - - - spinning it around with the many other ideas you already have. The result of this thinking, turning, and spinning around of new ideas with what you already know does two things. First, you generate new connections and insights about ideas and their implications. Second, the spinning of your ideas often results in new ideas. Therefore, the genius of the Ideation talent is the creativity of generating new ideas and insights as a result of contemplating and reviewing the ideas you have learned.

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Consistency talent theme

Your genius strength of Consistency involves both the way you think and process information and the way you see what is fair and equitable. Whereas others often take a long time to determine what is fair and equitable, to you it is obvious. You can quickly determine what should be done so that problems are solved in ways that treat everyone in a just and equal manner. This process of determining what is equitable often involves processing a great deal of information. But the genius of your Consistency talent sorts through information and comes to equitable decisions so quickly that you may not see anything special about what you do because you do it with such ease. In your relationships, you strive to treat everyone equally and consistently. This helps you win the confidence of others. You are a great, fair and just thinker because of your Consistency talent.

Common conflict points between 2 persons; one with Ideation & the other with Consistency

  1. My Ideation talent treats every idea unequally and creatively BUT your Consistency talent treats every individual equally and consistently
  2. My Ideation talent dislikes boundary/procedure that constrain BUT your Consistency talent likes boundary/procedure that conforms
  3. My Ideation talent generates new connections/insights about ideas and their implications  BUT your Consistency talent generates available connections/insights about inequality and their implications 
  4. My Ideation talent finds satisfaction by anyone's most creative contribution BUT your Consistency talent finds serenity by everyone's fair chance to contribute

The way to minimise the conflict and to maximise the collaboration is to operate from  the position of Confident Vulnerability; readiness to contribute with your greatest talent with healthy pride and receiving the contribution of others' greatest talents with humble posture.

What if you have both Ideation & Consistency talent themes in your Top 5 themes?

“IDEATION + CONSISTENCY”
You are most likely to be successful when you give everyone equal chance to contribute to your creative process.

We change the 'BUT' to 'AND'.

  1. Your Ideation talent treats every idea unequally and creatively AND your Consistency talent treats every individual equally and consistently; you do not lose creativity as you pursue consistency.
  2. Your Ideation talent dislikes boundary/procedure that constrains AND your Consistency talent likes boundary/procedure that conforms; you have the wisdom to appreciate the season to conform and the season to transform.
  3. Your Ideation talent generates new connections/insights about ideas and their implications  AND your Consistency talent generates available connections/insights about inequality and their implications; your connectivity can produce both cognitive ingenuity and community equality.
  4. Your Ideation talent finds satisfaction by anyone's most creative contribution AND your Consistency talent finds serenity by everyone's fair chance to contribute; you get your sense of happiness with a wide range of "others' contribution".

 

 


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#CoachHG Collection: Conflict Resolution (Woo & Deliberative) - StrengthsFinder Singapore

Read #CoachHG Collection: Conflict Resolution (Introduction) before proceeding further.

Woo & Deliberative are 2 very contrasting talent themes in CliftonStrengths.

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Woo talent theme

The genius of your WOO talent involves the impact you can have on other people and the ease with which you can win them over. You have an incredible ability to meet new people and almost magically know what to say in order to draw others out. Other people love the attention you give them and the way that you can affirm a person so quickly. Of course you love the process and the challenge of meeting new people. And people love it when you connect with them. The genius of this talent is that you can not only quickly connect with people but you can be a catalyst in helping people connect with one another. Make no mistake about it, when you enter a crowd the crowd will be dfferent because you were there. In fact, you have the capacity to transform a crowd of disconnected people into a group and this is no small accomplishment.

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Deliberative talent theme

The genius of your Deliberative talent is found in the quality of your decisions, choices, values, and the directions you decide to pursue. Your deliberative genius involves thinking and the fact that you will take multiple things into consideration every time you make a decision or a plan. The genius of your Deliberative talent allows you to look at an issue from multiple sides. You will “play the devil’s advocate” as you think through alternatives, values, and propositions, and you will look at multiple sides as you are learning. You will slow down the process whenever you are learning, planning or deciding. But this does not mean you are “slow minded”. Quite the opposite. This is part of your genius and results in very high quality decisions and a depth of understanding.

Common conflict points between 2 persons; one with Woo & the other with Deliberative

  1. My Woo talent dwells on the surface with as many people BUT your Deliberative talent dives deep into multiple considerations
  2. My Woo talent believes 'adventure has great return' BUT your Deliberative talent believes in 'adventure has great risk'
  3. My Woo talent connects many individuals to make the group dynamic strong BUT your Deliberative talent considers many potential obstacles to make the process smooth
  4. My Woo talent is fast & spontaneous BUT your Deliberative talent is slow & selective

The way to minimise the conflict and to maximise the collaboration is to operate from  the position of Confident Vulnerability; I know what I really am, I know what I really am not, and I am fine with both as my weaknesses can sit on my strengths”  

What if you have both Woo & Deliberative talent themes in your Top 5 themes?

“WOO + DELIBERATIVE”
While you are capable of and interested in building a broad social network, you proceed with caution, mindful of potential risk.

We change the 'BUT' to 'AND'.

  1. Your Woo talent dwells on the surface with as many people AND your Deliberative talent dives deep into multiple considerations; on the surface you may seem to just having some small friendly talks but your brain is also working intensely to be cautious over certain people and/or topics.
  2. Your Woo talent believes 'adventure has great return' AND your Deliberative talent believes in 'adventure has great risk'; you're able to wisely size up a situation to decide whether this particular adventure's return is worth the risk.
  3. Your Woo talent connects many individuals to make the group dynamic strong AND your Deliberative talent considers many potential obstacles to make the process smooth; the ability to build quality group dynamics and quality processes.
  4. Your Woo talent is fast & spontaneous AND your Deliberative talent is slow & selective; you have a tremendous range for engagement in terms of speed and selection.

 

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#CoachHG Collection: Conflict Resolution (Maximizer & Restorative) - StrengthsFinder Singapore

Read #CoachHG Collection: Conflict Resolution (Introduction) before proceeding further.

Maximizer & Restorative are 2 very contrasting talent themes in CliftonStrengths.

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Maximizer talent theme

The genius of your Maximizer talent starts with what you can see in people. You can see the strengths and talents, the potentials and the capabilities, and you can see the emerging abilities within people even before they can see them. But this is only the beginning of the genius of your Maximizer talent. You can literally see what people could be like if they were to fully develop and maximize the talents, potential and emerging abilities within them. is results in you having an incredible impact in the lives of others. As you hold up pictures and mirrors of what you see in others, you help them form new concepts of themselves that build hope and motivation to achieve and be what they have the capacity to be. Moreover, you are a great “coach” in moving people to their greatest potential and in moving people into roles where their potential can be lived out.

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Restorative talent theme

The genius of your Restorative talent is found in the way you can think and fix things. This is key to all problem solving. But your ability to fix goes beyond patching things together. The way you restore things involves bringing them back to life. Accordingly, you can have a restorative effect on relationships and in fact, entire organizations. The genius of your Restorative strength is that you are so good at figuring out what is not working, resolving that, and then guiding people to a way of being healthy and highly functional.

Common conflict points between 2 persons; one with Maximizer & the other with Restorative

  1. My Maximizer talent sees potential BUT your Restorative talent sees problems
  2. My Maximizer talent invests to maximise return BUT your Restorative talent invests to minimise disfunction
  3. My Maximizer talent is motivated by greatness in outcome BUT your Restorative talent is motivated by smoothness in operation
  4. My Maximizer talent is selective BUT your Restorative talent is responsive

The way to minimise the conflict and to maximise the collaboration is to operate from  the position of Confident Vulnerability; the confident-awareness of one's talent contribution to the partnership and the vulnerable-appreciation of the contribution of other's talent to the same partnership.

What if you have both Maximizer & Restorative talent themes in your Top 5 themes?

“MAXIMIZER + RESTORATIVE”
You are attracted to and driven by excellence, and you can’t ignore or minimize any problems that erode the quality you love.

We change the 'BUT' to 'AND'.

  1. Your Maximizer talent sees potential AND your Restorative talent sees problems; having an eye to solve the 'most essential problem' to unlock the greatest potential.
  2. Your Maximizer talent invests to maximise return AND your Restorative talent invests to minimise disfunction; investing in the least problematic area which can generate the greatest return.
  3. Your Maximizer talent is motivated by greatness in outcome AND your Restorative talent is motivated by smoothness in operation; having the highest level of motivation by ensuring the operation is smooth in order to enjoy the great outcome.
  4. Your Maximizer talent is selective AND your Restorative talent is responsive; the ability to selectively be responsive to things that really matter.

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    #CoachHG Collection: Conflict Resolution (Introduction) - StrengthsFinder Singapore

             My meeting with Jim Clifton, the Chairman & CEO of Gallup

            My meeting with Jim Clifton, the Chairman & CEO of Gallup

    For this new series, I would like to focus on 'Conflict Resolution through a CliftonStrengths lens'. During my last meeting with Jim Clifton, the Chairman & CEO of Gallup, our conversation evolved around 2 core issues:

    1. It is more than Strengths Movement, it is about 'everybody needs a coach'
    2. Almost every executive coaching eventually evolves around 'people/relational issues'

    With more than 17 million people who have completed their CliftonStrengths profiling, there are certain pairs of talent themes that seldom appear in their Top 5 together; 1% or lower chance. Some of these pairs are:

    The reason why they are 'unlikely pairs' is that they have more contrasting traits than other pairs. In this series of articles, I will share using the following framework:

    1. Brief insight into the first talent theme
    2. Brief insight into the unlikely paired second talent theme
    3. Potential conflict points between 2 persons; each having one talent theme that contrasts with the other (eg. my wife and I)
    4. What if a person have both talent themes in his/her Signature (Top 5) themes?

    I'll like to introduce a fellow Strengths Coach, Yeang Cherng, to you. He has written 2 excellent articles on:

    1. Coaching "Unusual" StrengthsFinder Profiles
    2. Coaching "Unusual" StrengthsFinder Profiles II

    These 2 articles will lay a strong foundation for my subsequent articles. See you soon!


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    #CoachHG Collection: CliftonStrengths Findings In Gender (Competition)

    From my previous article, I mentioned that from the database of more than 11 million people, there are 5 talent themes with highest differentiation between men and women.

    • Women far exceed men in having Empathy and Developer in their Signature themes - a powerful combination for nurturing others. 
    • The number of men with AnalyticalIdeation and Competition in their Signature themes far exceeds the number of women with these themes in their Signature themes.
    • Men (16.3%) far exceed women (6.5%) in having Competition in their Signature themes.

    In this article, I shall focus on the 4 factors to develop the Competition talent theme. 

    Factor 1: Awareness of "I want to win" drive

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    Your Competition talent creates a tremendous energy, drive and determination within you. You want to succeed. You demand success for yourself and you measure that success in terms of where you stand in comparison to others. Your rate of betterment increases when you identify any task as a 'competitive project'.

    Factor 2: Attitude towards competition

    It is crucial to know when it’s time to say “winning isn’t everything in this situation” because any overdrive of this talent can potential hurt yourself and others. You should desire to create as many win-win solutions that can lead to positive relationships with others while maintaining your own motivation. Guard against the 'sore loser' attitude and embrace 'I will come back stronger' mentality.

    Factor 3: Attracted to 'winning elements'

    They constantly upgrade themselves by:

    • Learning from the best people
    • Laying hold of the best resources
    • Trying the best practices
    • Reflecting on "how can I be better?"

    Factor 4: Affecting your organisation towards "let us win"

    But the drive to win, succeed and achieve isn’t focused on you alone. It can be a basis for leadership and impacting the lives of others. First, your “win attitude” is a model for others. Second, your competition is often turned into being a source of inspiration for others. And finally, you can use your competition talent to stimulate others to strive for higher levels of performance and productivity. You are someone who grabs the attention of others and they begin to believe that they too can achieve.

    Ivan Misner, the  the founder and Chairman of business networking organisation BNI shared his philosophy on Competition. I briefly translate his philosophy with a CliftonStrengths lens:

    People with Competition talent theme:

    • never bothers about his competitors; not a spirit of rivalry
    • Instead, they focus on creating positive impact; a spirit of positive influence

    They

    • never project their dominance over other; not a spirit of insecurity
    • Instead, their process is a journey to improve; a spirit of improvement towards excellence

    In conclusion,

    • Is Competition talent one of your Signature (Top 5) Themes?
    • Which of the above 4 factors are manifesting in your past successes?
    • Supposed tomorrow, you are contributing these traits to your family or organisation and you are extremely well received and appreciated by others. What are some different approaches you are using then compare to how you used to utilise Competition talent?

    Having dived into the Competition talent, what are your thoughts on the global statistic differentials in gender for this talent theme? Do you have any observations to share from people surrounding you - at work, in the home or among your friends? The genius and beauty of Competition is certainly in our midst, eradicating complacency, aiming for excellence, generating positive push among team members and celebrating wins with the team.


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    #CoachHG Collection: CliftonStrengths Findings In Gender (Ideation)

    From my previous article, I mentioned that from the database of more than 11 million people, there are 5 talent themes with highest differentiation between men and women.

    • Women far exceed men in having Empathy and Developer in their Signature themes - a powerful combination for nurturing others. 
    • The number of men with AnalyticalIdeation and Competition in their Signature themes far exceeds the number of women with these themes in their Signature themes.
    • Men (18.1%) far exceed women (9.7%) in having Ideation in their Signature themes.

    In this article, I shall focus on Ideation talent theme.

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    People exceptionally talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena. They are creative and appreciate originality. They relish free-thinking experiences such as brainstorming and discussion groups. They have a natural capacity to consider issues from multiple perspectives. They revel in taking the world we all know and turning it around so people can view it from a strangely enlightening angle. They think outside the box. They are fascinated by new ideas and concepts, which come to them easily. They love ideas because they can be profound, they can be novel, they can be clarifying, they can be contrary, and they can be bizarre. For all these reasons they derive a jolt of energy whenever a new idea occurs to them.

    In varying intensity, people with Ideation talent theme:

    1. create new ideas out of existing ideas
    2. consider things from multiple angles
    3. connect random ideas and their implications
    4. contemplate new insights frequently
    5. care about newness
    6. captivate others with their originality
    7. capitalise on being unique
    8. carry with them lots of surprises
    9. catch others' attention
    10. crave for 'wow' moment
    11. celebrate changes from the norm
    12. challenge status quo
    13. choose the unchartered path
    14. contrast with the conventional

    Ron Munsey, a night time janitor at Peter Woodbury School in New Hampshire surprises elementary students with creative designs on their classroom rugs each morning. Which of the 14 traits does Ron exhibit?

    It is a must seen performance! One-Man-Band Show by amazing Yon Gondrong from Indonesia's Got Talent. Which of the 14 traits does Yon exhibit?

    In conclusion,

    • Is Ideation talent one of your Signature (Top 5) Themes?
    • How many of the above 14 traits describe you? How do they contribute to your past successes?
    • Supposed tomorrow, you are contributing these traits to your family or organisation and you are extremely well received and appreciated by others. What are some different approaches you are using then compare to how you used to utilise Ideation talent?

    After reading the 14 traits of Ideation talent, what are your thoughts on the global statistic differentials in gender for this talent theme? The genius and beauty of Ideation is certainly in our midst, stimulating our minds with fresh thoughts, inspiring our hearts with new excitement and energise our actions with great anticipation of the outcome.


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    #CoachHG Collection: CliftonStrengths Findings In Gender (Analytical)

    From my previous article, I mentioned that from the database of more than 11 million people, there are 5 talent themes with highest differentiation between men and women.

    • Women far exceed men in having Empathy and Developer in their Signature themes - a powerful combination for nurturing others.

    Over the next few articles, I shall focus on Analytical, Ideation and Competition talent themes.  

    • The number of men with AnalyticalIdeation and Competition in their Signature themes far exceeds the number of women with these themes in their Signature themes.
    • Men (21.1%) far exceed women (11.2%) in having Analytical in their Signature themes.

    Below are 5 contributions of people with Analytical talents; one with Raw talents (unpolished way of utilising) and the other with Mature Strengths (utilised in a productive way):

    The video on the right shows a productive way of utilising Analytical talent theme on 'video gaming trend' & 'break up trend'.

    1. How the mind works? 

    Formulates many questions vs penetrating questions

    2. What type of question?

    Subjective information seeking vs objective fact/truth seeking questions

    3. How the questions flow?

    Flow aimlessly towards nowhere/everywhere vs purposefully towards the essential goal

    4. The manner they ask “What evidence do you have . . .?” and “Can you prove it . . .?”

    It sounds like they are interrogating with a spirit of skepticism vs investigating with a spirit of excellent precision

    5. How they handle the information?

    Randomly applies the information vs applies most essential information in decision making, problem solving & planning

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    In conclusion,

    • Is Analytical talent one of your Signature (Top 5) Themes?
    • Which of the above 5 ways do you usually exhibit in the Mature ways? How can you utilise the talent more in your organisation? Who will notice your greater contribution?
    • Which of the above 5 ways do you usually exhibit in the Raw ways? Supposed tomorrow, you are utilising the talent in the Mature ways in your family or organisation and you are extremely well received and appreciated by others. What are some differences between then (Mature) compare to how you used to (Raw) utilise your Analytical talent?

    After reading these 5 contributions of Analytical talent, what are your thoughts on the global statistic differentials in gender for this talent theme? Do you have any observations to share from people surrounding you - at work, in the home or among your friends? The genius and beauty of Analytical is certainly in our midst, increasing the quality of questioning with precision, deriving truths and executing with confidence.

     


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    #CoachHG Collection: CliftonStrengths Findings In Gender (Developer)

    In my previous article, I mentioned that from the database of more than 11 million people, there are 5 talent themes with the highest differentiation between men and women.

    Women (21.1%) far exceed men (11.2%) in having Developer in their Signature themes.

    As I've stated previously, it is important we do not stereotype that "only women are nurturing".

    In today's article, I've therefore chosen this video (on the left) of a man who exhibits the Developer talent theme. In this video, you will see that he:

    1. Gives in order to nurture
    2. Encourages in order to build others' confidence
    3. Helps in order to see incremental growth
    4. Cultivates in order to help others realise their potential

     

    Indeed, people with Developer talent theme are:

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    • Able to see potential in others that others often cannot see in themselves
    • Great sources of encouragement 
    • Patient to help people grow
    • Commitment to help others' progress
    • Able to identify suitable steps for development
    • Sharp at noticing genuine effort from others
    • Genuine in helping 'poor performers' improve

     

    In this video of Jack Ma, he speaks about Intelligence Quotient (IQ), Emotional Quotient (EQ) and Love Quotient (LQ). Here, I briefly define these three quotients according to Jack's general terminology as:

    • IQ = intellectual capability to think
      (Leaning towards Analytical, Strategic, Learner, Intellection talent themes)
    • EQ = emotional capability to feel and understand
      (Leaning towards Empathy talent theme)
    • LQ = capability to care and help
      (Leaning towards Developer talent theme)

    Here, Jack Ma esteems the value of EQ & LQ -  in nurturing others, understanding and helping one's customers.

    What are your thoughts on this?

    People with both Empathy & Developer talent themes bring a lot of love and acceptance for others. Are you able to identify anyone in your midst who exhibits both talent themes? Would you approach them and affirm them for the nurturing contribution that they have brought to you/ your family/ organisation? As giving people themselves, they certainly deserve our love and acceptance in return.


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    #CoachHG Collection: CliftonStrengths Findings in Gender (Empathy)

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    From my previous article, I mentioned that from the database of more than 11 million people, there are 5 talent themes with highest differentiation between men and women.

    • Women (25.8%) far exceed men (12.0%) in having Empathy in their Signature themes.

    Below are 9 contributions of people with Empathy talents. 

    1. They make others feel valued.

    People with strong Empathy talent can sense the emotions of those around them. This enables them to make others feel valued (“You really understand and value me!”).

    2. They take time to understand and accept others.

    They can feel what others are feeling as though the emotions were their own. People with Empathy talent intuitively see the world through others’ eyes and share their perspectives. This enables them to take time to understand and accept others.

    3. They listen to unvoiced questions and anticipate needs.

    They are able to understand others' feelings not only from audible words & tones, but also from non-verbal facial expressions & body language. This enables them to listen to unvoiced questions and anticipate needs.

    4. They find the right things to say and strike the right tone.

    There are times when others are unable to express their feelings, and grapple for words. But the instinctive ability of Empathy talent to understand can be extremely powerful. This enables them to find the right things to say and strike the right tone.

    5. They give voice to others’ emotional lives.

    Those with Empathy talent have the ability to patiently help people express their feelings. This gives voice to others' emotional lives.

    6. They provide comfort & stability to individuals and community.

    They are non-judgmental as they readily put themselves in others' shoes. Thus they provide comfort & stability to individuals and the community.

    7. Others will seek their company.

    People with Empathy talent are able to build and form relationships that have great emotional depth. Therefore, others feel understood by them and seek their company.

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    8. With them, others feel like they become healthier emotionally.

    Those with Empathy talent will eventually form high quality, deep and personal understanding as well as relationships with others. This has profound effect on others because they feel so deeply understood. Thus others feel like they become healthier and are more at peace  in your presence.

    9. Others feel indebted to your friendship.

    They are great lovers of other people. Others often feel fortunate to have a friend with someone with Empathy talent, who understands them at such profound levels. While it may be hard on people with Empathy talent to hear the pain of others, others feel deeply indebted to such a wonderful friend - a sensitive Resonator, a mindful Listener and an intuitive Counsellor.

    In conclusion,

    • Is Empathy talent one of your Signature (Top 5) Themes?
    • Do the above 9 contributions describe you?
    • Which 1 or 2 contributions would you like to develop further?

    After reading these 9 contributions of Empathy talent, what are your thoughts on the global statistic differentials in gender for this talent theme? Do you have any observations to share from people surrounding you - at work, in the home or among your friends? The genius and beauty of Empathy is certainly in our midst, transforming lives and communities with their sensitivity to the human soul.


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    #CoachHG Collection: CliftonStrengths Findings in Gender (Introduction)

    Last night, I was at a small group gathering and the ice-breaker prompt given was "The husband is the Head (of the household) and the wife is the neck". Who makes what decisions in our families? The first few couples shared typical viewpoints like, "Being a husband, I am the disciplinarian and my wife is the more caring type..." or "I help to nurture the children but my husband is the more logical type". When it came to the last couple to share, they were the total opposite: My wife is great with figures (numbers) and I am super friendly with children!

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    This is my stand:

    • I will not stereotype mothers to be nurturing and fathers to be logical.
    • From a Strengths perspective, collected data show a much higher percentage of women who have 'nurturing' traits and men who have 'logical' traits.

    From the database of more than 11 million people, there are 5 talent themes that have the greatest differential between men and women in their Signature Themes!

    • Women far exceed men in having Empathy and Developer in their Signature themes; a powerful combination to nurture others.
    • The number of men with Analytical, Ideation and Competition in their Signature themes far exceeds the number of women with these themes in their Signature themes.

    In the next 5 posts, get ready for the unveiling for the next 5 talent themes!


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    #CoachHG Collection: "Harmony"

    The BEAUTY of Harmony talent theme

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    A person with Harmony talent feels unease with tension & conflict because he believes that tension is unnecessary & not helpful. This motivation of seeking consensus & agreement empowers him to look for common ground to mediate & reduce conflict.

    Often, those in conflict are absolutely blind as to how to resolve their conflict because their differences seem insurmountable. But the person with Harmony talent can spot the platform of consensus to bridge the gap of differences. He is indeed the glue that holds relationships together, and gets along with people to get things done.

    The BREAKTHROUGH for Harmony talent theme

    Often people with Harmony talent are unable to experience its beauty because they are caught by 'the fear of authority'. They need a breakthrough.

    Do you find yourself in this situation: Living out the beauty of Harmony talent with your subordinates; yet when you are a 'junior' in another team, you find yourself unable to speak out to guide this team to a platform of consensus?

    • You may be a manager who excels in your Harmony talent with your own team but is fearful to speak out in the directors' meeting.
    • You may be a student leader who mediates excellently for the student body, but fears that fellow student leaders will reject you if you suggest the middle ground.

    Why are the above challenges common?

    It has to do with how the Harmony talent operates. It seeks to maximise the 'peace quotient' and minimise the 'tension quotient'. It captures input from as many parties and weighs carefully the following before suggesting 'the best option':

    • Which option will result in the greatest accumulative peace quotient for all involved?
    • Which option will result in many involved having high peace quotient?
    • Which option will result in the least accumulative tension quotient for all involved?
    • Which option will result in many involved having low tension quotient?

    However, regardless of which option, there is bound to be someone who will likely still experience low peace quotient or high tension quotient. Furthermore, if this person has higher authority in the organisation than the person of Harmony, this is where the Harmony talent will freeze and hide if the person fears people in authority.

    How to EXPERIENCE a BREAKTHROUGH?

    The following may be useful considerations for you, when you find yourself trapped in the above-described scenarios:

    • Authority given is responsibility taken.
      • You superior needs to be responsible for his resources (including your Harmony talent) under his authority.
      • Not utilising your Harmony talent is to withhold the resources that your superior has been entrusted with. 
    • Think: "What would happen if I don't intervene?"
      • You become more effective when you use Harmony talent outwardly instead of focusing on how you feel (conflict is never a nice feeling).
    • Decide to contribute your Harmony talent to your organisation
      • Envision yourself utilising your Harmony talent in the most contributive way.
      • How does it look like? What is the difference between the 'most contributive way' and your present state? What are some small steps you can take towards being more contributive?
    • When you are emotionally overwhelmed, zoom out of the situation and allow your rational mind to have clarity over the matter.
    • Utilise your Harmony talent in humility and with great confidence
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    I have coached numerous people whose Harmony talent was 'stuck' at Basement level. I hope the above will bring your Harmony talent towards the Balcony - a place where you operate with great confidence and in humility to bring everyone to the common ground with great willingness on their parts.


     

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    #CoachHG Collection: "Positivity"

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    The cup is half full, not half empty. People with Positivity talent themes naturally look at the positive side - where it is half full. But there are many types of 'HALF FULL's:

    1. One's personal life
    2. Other individuals
    3. One's community
    4. Other communities

    Level 1: I want to be HAPPY

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    This person with Positivity talent is contented just being optimistic, hopeful, fun-loving. There is a Chinese phrase 自嗨 that best describes this person - just to make myself high in spirit. He/ she finds ways to make everything more exciting and more lively. Some cynics may reject his/ her energy, but he/ she is rarely dragged down. Somehow he/ she can’t quite escape his/ her conviction that it is good to be alive, that work can be fun, and that no matter the setback, one must never lose one’s sense of humor.

    His/ her favourite song is "Don't Worry, Be Happy".

    Level 2: I want others to be HAPPY

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    This person with Positivity talent is generous with praise, quick to smile, and always lighthearted. People want to be around him/ her. Some find their world drab with repetition, or worse, heavy with pressure but this person seems to find a way to lighten their spirit.

     His/ her favourite song is "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.

    Level 3: I want my community to be HAPPY

    This person with Positivity talent makes his/ her community look better because his/ her enthusiasm is contagious. On one hand, he/ she celebrates every achievement with the community. On the other hand, when the spirit of depression is hovering in the community, he/ she can find opportunities to uplift the spirit of individuals and eventually, the whole community.

    Level 4: I want other communities to be HAPPY

    This person with Positivity talent avails himself/ herself to help communities that are facing crisis. He/ she is ever-ready to lift and lighten emotional environments in 'broken communities' or 'disaster zones'. But this person does not sit on the sidelines and simply hope that these good things will happen. He/ she gets in the middle of a community facing pain and stimulates people to strive for the best ahead. As a result, people became more cheerful, productive and hopeful because of him/ her. His/ her genius is found in the impact that he/ she has on groups and individuals. Simply stated, everyone gets better if he/ she is nearby and interacting with them.

    Reflection (if Positivity is your dominant talent theme)

    1. Which level do you usually utilise your Positivity talent?
    2. What are some things you have done well at this level? How can you do more?
    3. Assuming you are now at the next level, imagine the new joy you are experiencing at this higher level. What differences have you made (in terms of thinking, feeling or behaviour) to grow to this level?
    4. What are some small steps you are ready to take?

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    #CoachHG Collection: "Belief"

    The Beauty of Belief

    A person with Belief talent theme is naturally guided & driven by important causes, purposes or values. He is ethical, altruistic and stedfast. He has some very deeply-held beliefs about what is true, what is unchanging, what can be, and always will be. These beliefs go very deep, and provide personal power to stand strong no matter what. This person generates meaning, purpose & direction for life, resulting in a tremendous amount of power, drive & motivation from within. So long as he revolves his life around his deepest values and beliefs, he will experience motivation, drive and determination to make monumental impact in the lives of individuals as well as groups and organizations.

    What if someone suppresses his Belief talent theme?

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    Last year, I coached someone who was maximising all his Signature themes (image on right), except his Belief talent. His Responsibility theme drove him to take ownership of his family business even though his Belief theme disagreed, because of the nature of the trade. This trade is one that is destructive to the lives of many.

    4 of his Signature themes were still able to make his contribution significant. However in the 11th year, he spoke to his family as he could not handle the toxic that was accumulating, as he had been suppressing his Belief theme all the while. Eventually, he left the family business, feeling rejected by family members and having to rebuild his career.

    A person with Belief talent needs a non-mercenary environment to thrive. He needs to work in jobs that have clear alignment & purpose to his life. He needs openness in the workplace & trust from others regarding his ethical standing.

    What if someone views the world only through his Belief talent theme?

    If you have a dominant Belief talent theme, and commonly hear others say the following about you, take extra precaution.

    "He/ she...

    • ... always thinks he/ she is right."
    • ... is very stubborn."
    • ... is very set in his/ her ways."
    • ... projects himself/ herself as an elitist."
    • ... is unaccepting of other ideas."
    • ... is so opinionated."

    The above are manifestations of someone with Belief talent operating at 'Basement' level. This person expects the world to think, feel and behave like him. He becomes a sore thumb in any team or organisation because he creates 2 worlds: "My World", and "Your World".

    Application...

    If any of the 2 examples above describe you, then consider these:

    • Is there a major decision I need to make?
    • Is there a major direction I need to take?
    • What are some small steps I can take?
    • Who can guide me for my growth's sake?
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    Wouldn't it be wonderful if the person with Belief talent coupled it with humility? What do you think?


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    Futuristic - My Number 5 StrengthsFinder Theme

    A Futuristic Person Dreams

    Between the age of 11-18, I only had 5 'dream jobs'. No, they were not the typical 'lawyer, doctor, pilot...' dream jobs. My dream jobs were to be a teacher, principal, pastor, missionary and entrepreneur. Incredibly, at that age, my Futuristic talent theme was creating a big challenge because these 5 jobs are in 3 very different spheres: education, religion and business. The good news is that I fulfilled all 5 dream jobs by the age of 40.

    These are the 4 elements that help my Futuristic talent theme perform at Balcony level (at its very best):

    1. Envision the Destiny - A Basement level (subpar performance) of Futuristic is 'dreamy' - it sees everything as possible, wants to have everything but eventually achieves nothing. In stark contrast, the Balcony of Futuristic talent sees THE destiny. 
    2. Elimination of Distraction - There are a lot of 'good' opportunities that are destructive mines that will destroy one's ultimate dream. Resist the temptations.
    3. Engagement with options to match the Direction - There is no one way to reach the destiny. For me, I often asked, "Which one of the 5 dream jobs comes first?" There was no clear answer. I chose to trust my Futuristic talent, and more so the One who gave me this talent, as I entered into one dream job at a time.
    4. Excitement to last the Distance - Negative words from others and negative thoughts from myself pop up from time to time. Passion for the dream overcame (and still overcomes) them all.

    As a leader, I utilise my Futuristic talent to describe a very vivid imagination of a better future - it gives people hope of seeing that dream become reality. 

    There are 2 key concepts for the Futuristic talent. The first is about dreams and visions; it occurs over a longer time period, as described above. The second is about anticipation; an immediate thing that is to follow. 

    A Futuristic Person Anticipates

    Whenever I hear a mother (of a toddler XX) telling her child "XX, go and hug YY" (YY being another toddler), I find myself running towards the 2 toddlers because I can already anticipate both toddlers hugging, wobbling and falling. And crying. 

    Another instance is when I walk towards the MRT near my office. I naturally look ahead 100-200m at the traffic light. This determines my response to these thoughts in my head, "At what speed should I walk? When is the next green man signal?" My anticipation for the next step drives me to walk at the best, optimal speed so that when I reach the traffic light, it precisely turns green.

    This anticipation trait from the Futuristic talent is useful for a sportsman. It allows the midfielder to hit a through ball for the striker to beat the off-side trap as the midfielder anticipates the direction and speed of the striker. Vice versa, the striker also anticipates the likelihood of the midfielder passing to or crossing the ball for him.

    Conclusion

    I would love to hear from people with Futuristic talents out there:

    • Do you have many 'bigger dreams' or only a few?
    • Have you fulfilled all, most, a few or none of them?
    • How do you anticipate things in your daily life?
    • What are you going to do in order to be a better dreamer and anticipator?

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    Activator - My Number 4 StrengthsFinder Theme

    I usually utilise my Activator theme in the following phases:

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    1. What is available out there that excites me because it has potential?
    2. How can I cut off all unnecessary discussion and get into action?
    3. How can I motivate others to join me in the initiative (especially in pioneering)?
    4. How should I change my course of action as I gain a better feel of what works and what doesn't?

    In 2002, I was in a leadership task force to expand our outreach to the youth. Even though there were about 12 of us with diverse views and conviction, I managed to convince them to swing most of our resources to start about 10-14 Boys' Brigade (BB) and Girls' Brigade (GB) companies in Singapore.

    Phase 1: I was totally convinced that BB can create the betterment of ones' lives - my own life being a prime example. I expressed this view objectively, based on 15 years' of experience developing young leaders.

    Phase 2: I turned my internal sense of urgency into workable steps to get buy-in from others.

    Phase 3: I also volunteered to take initiative as the pioneering lead to strike out.

    Phase 4: I continued to provide insight to the task force based on real time feedback from the ground.

    Using my Activator theme, I acted as the dynamo in turning ideas into action and generate revolutionary changes! My organisation was mentoring about 700-900 BB/GB youths within 5 years of our pioneering effort on a weekly basis.

    Are you able to identify any Activators around you? Their typical traits may appear as:

    • Urgent self-starters
    • Fast opportunists
    • Dynamic instigators
    • Proactive initiators
    • Catalytic pioneers

    People with Activator talent can create tremendous pioneering impact and growth in an organisation. What are some breakthroughs that your organisation has been trying to achieve? Consider investing in and maximising the Activators in your midst. Then get ready for action, and see plans and ideas turn into tangible reality.


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