My earlier articles introduce CliftonStrengths talent themes independently:
I then proceed to show how talent themes actually pair-up naturally:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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