• 34 Strengths Defined

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Achiever

    You have a great deal of stamina and work hard at everything you do. Achiever describes a constant need for achievement. Every day starts at zero….every day …weekends included, vacations included…every day.

    Being an Achiever will always be with you, be part of you.

    Being an Achiever has its benefits:

    • Energy to work long hours without burning out
    • It brings you the jolt you can count on to start new tasks, new challenges and new fun

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Select jobs that allow you to measure your own productivity; you will feel challenged every day.

    Attach timelines and measurement to goals to ensure defined progress is measured.

    Celebrate! Build recognition into your life, reward yourself. Acknowledge your accomplishment and your success!

    Participate in continuing education in your specialty or some new challenge.

    Action Ideas for others

    Establish a relationship with this person, work alongside them, and bond with them. They have a hard time with "slackers."

    Recognize that sitting (in meetings) may be very hard for this person. Find something for this person to do, make sure they are needed at the meeting.

    Appreciate the extra effort this person has put in and acknowledge it. Look to him/her when deadlines are looming.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Activator

    "When can we start?" You can turn thoughts into action, you are impatient for action. Analysis, debate and discussion have their place in the world but only ACTION can make it happen. Only action leads to performance.

    You believe that action is the best device for learning. You make a decision, you take action, you look at the result, and you learn from it.

    You know you will be judged not by what you say, not by what you think, but by what you get done.

    This does not frighten or discourage you. It makes you HAPPY!

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Look for start-up or turnaround situations. Look for work where you can make your own decisions.

    Find creative or original thinkers and assist them with moving their thoughts from concept into practice.

    Beware that your tenacity to act may intimidate; earn trust and loyalty first. Provide concrete reasons for action, build consensus.

    Action Ideas for others

    Verbally recognize to them that they are someone that can make things happen. Tell them you may be calling on them in the future at key times. Your expectations will energize them.

    Ask this person for input on what new goals or improvements your team needs to achieve. Assist with the required steps towards making progress on the new goals.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Adaptability

    You live in the moment. You can "go with the flow." The future is not fixed or defined. You see the future as a place that is created out of the decisions and choices that are made right now.

    Flexibility is a key to your life. You can stay productive when the demands of work are pulling you in many different directions at once.

    Adaptability is more than rolling with the punches. It is about a calm, intelligent evaluation of the situation and a ready response to the circumstances at hand.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Cultivate your reputation as one who stays calm in the face of change and daily events.

    Watch for those that will try to compromise your long term goals by appealing to your flexibility. Evaluate and use guidelines for flexibility versus standing firm.

    Look to others for tips on planning. Find others (managers, co-workers and friends) with Focus, Strategic or Belief talents to help you shape long term goals.

    Action Ideas for others

    Look to this person to find reason in the midst of change. Enlist their help with those people who have difficulty with change.

    Provide short-term assignments where ever possible. The immediate action appeals to the need for quickness and keeps the interest high.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Analytical

    Your Analytical theme challenges other people to "prove it…show me." You are searching for reasons and causes. Not to destroy other's ideas but to find the sound logic in them. You see yourself as dispassionate and objective.

    Others may see you as logical and refining. Some may come to you to uncover the root causes of "clumsy thinking." Watch your delivery of the analysis of the situation. Don't be harsh in your delivery of the analysis of the situation.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Choose work that pays you to analyze data, find patterns or organize ideas.

    Find your best way to communicate and express your analysis. Is it writing, one-on-one conversations, ear to ear discussions, lectures or group discussions?

    Action Ideas for others

    Involve this person in important decisions, whenever possible. They will consider avenues and possibilities that are not necessarily apparent to most.

    Watch deadlines. This person may feel the need to get it right more than the need to complete the project. Communicate the deadline and check with them as it draws near to make sure they have the necessary time to do it right.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Arranger

    You are a conductor. Complex situations don't worry you. You enjoy managing the many factors and arranging them in the most productive fashion. You are strong in organizing for maximum productivity. You are simply trying to figure out the best way to get things done.

    You are at your best in dynamic situations. Change and the unexpected give you the opportunity to jump in and devise new options, new paths to follow, and new partnerships.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Seek complex, dynamic environments in which there are few routines.

    Give people time to understand your way of doing things. They may not follow the same path as easily as you. Take the time to explain why your way can be more effective.

    Take on the organization of a big event.

    Action Ideas for others

    Find situations where this individual can be placed where there are many things going on at the same time.

    Ask this person for assistance when positioning individuals in a work group. They are good at figuring out how each person's strengths might be the greatest value to the team.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Belief

    You have certain core values will not be changed, you have a defined purpose. The values will vary within each person but generally you are family-oriented, humane, spiritual, and to value integrity and high ethics in yourself and others.

    These beliefs give your life meaning and satisfaction. There is more to life than money, more to success than prestige. You are dependable, you are trustworthy.

    Your friends know where you stand and your work must be meaningful to be fulfilling.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Actively seek roles and career choices where your roles fit your values. Perhaps look at organizations that define their purpose by the contribution they make to society.

    Set aside time to ensure you have a balance in your value/ belief /personal time and your work demands.

    Partner with a Futuristic individual. This person can help define and paint a picture of where your values may lead.

    Action Ideas for others

    Discover the passion, the belief, and help them to connect it to work that they do. The work becomes a part of the passion.

    Honor the commitments this person has made to family and community; you will be respected for that understanding.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Command

    Command leads a person to take charge. They have no problems with expressing their views and imposing them on others. You NEED to share it with others. You have presence, can make decisions and have no qualms with confrontation.

    You see confrontation is the first step towards resolution. Things need to be clear between people and you will challenge them to be honest with you and themselves. You may be called opinionated but are asked to take the reins and lead regularly

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Practice your tone of voice and your words. Speak carefully and turn your willingness to confront into persuasiveness.

    Ask people for their opinions, be upfront with them. Become known as the person who speaks the truth but not the person that silences others.

    Step up and break up bottlenecks. You may be able to create new momentum by starting a new conversation and get things moving again.

    Action Ideas for others

    Ask this person for evaluations of what is happening in your company or workgroup. They will be honest and up front with you.

    Be careful to threaten unless you are ready to follow through. They will be ready for the challenge of the confrontation.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Communication

    You like to explain, to describe, to host, to speak in public, and to write. You can easily put your thoughts into words. You bring events to life; turning them into stories about what happened. You believe that most people have a short attention span so you must enliven your idea or story so that is sticks in their mind.

    You want your information- an idea, an event, a product's features and benefits, a discovery, a lesson- to survive. You hunt for the perfect phrase, the dramatic phrase. People enjoy listening to you because you sharpen their world and inspire them to act.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Think about a career in sales, teaching, ministry, or the media.

    Practice your stories, watch the reaction of the audience, find the parts that are engaging and expand on those areas the next time you tell that story or make your presentation. Practice and watch again.

    Use your communication skills to summarize what the meeting was about. Build consensus between coworkers by helping them see what they have in common.

    Action Ideas for others

    Ask this person to join you on meetings and social gatherings where you need and ice breaker or an entertainer.

    Take the time to listen to this individual's experiences. You will bond with them and enjoy the time spent.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Competition

    It's all about winning. It is all about the performance. Yours and other people's performance are paramount. You need to compare yourself with others. Even when you have given it your all, if you don't come out on top, you feel you have failed.

    You like other competitors because they invigorate you. They make you stronger, they make you work harder to achieve. You don't compete for the fun of competing. You compete to WIN.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Select work environments where you can judge yourself and measure your achievements.

    Identify another high-achieving person or role model to measure yourself against. Refine your skills and knowledge above your current level of expertise.

    Develop mental strategies that can help you deal with a loss. Evaluate what went wrong and what was right. You have to be able to move on to the next challenge, the next opportunity to win.

    Action Ideas for others

    Use competitive language with this person. Engage the competitive spirit to achieve the goal.

    Allow for a mourning period, when a loss occurs. They will be back. Find another opportunity for this person to move on to the next challenge.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Connectedness

    Things happen for a reason. You are sure of it. Have faith in the links between all things; we are all connected. Some label it a life force or spirit. You gain confidence that we are all part of a larger picture- each other and the earth and the life on it.

    You are generally responsible towards others, considerate, caring and accepting of others. Your faith is strong, whatever your culture or your upbringing.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Consider roles where you listen and counsel.

    Help your colleagues see and understand how their efforts fit into the bigger picture of the organization.

    Partner with a strong Communicator. This person can help you with the words to describe vivid examples of connection in the real world.

    Action Ideas for others

    Encourage this person to build bridges between different groups within your organization.

    Listen to what inspires this person. Your acceptance will influence the depth of the relationship you can build.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Consistency

    Balance is important to you. You have a need to treat people the same. Fairness and clarity of rules are paramount. The scales are not tipped in anyone's favor due to their connections or background. Here each person has the chance to show their worth on a level playing field.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Make a list of rules of consistency, rules to live by.

    Cultivate a reputation for pinpointing those who really deserve credit. Make sure the respect is given to those who really do the work.

    Find a role where you can enforce compliance to a set of standards. Be the watchdog for those that grease the palms of themselves or others for personal gain.

    Action Ideas for others

    Be supportive of this person during periods of change. They are not comfortable without the predictable patterns that work for them.

    Ask this person to point out the contributions of everyone in the work group. He/she will make sure that each person gets the accolades deserved.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Context

    You look back because that is where the answers lie. You look back to understand the present. You look back to find the blueprints of what is happening now. Understanding helps to bring confidence to the decisions that need to be made today.

    This understanding helps to avoid making the same mistakes that were made in the past.

    "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

    Action Ideas for YOU

    If you are in a role that requires teaching others, build your lessons around case studies. You'll enjoy the search for the appropriate case, and your students will learn from the precedents.

    Partner with someone with strong Futuristic or Strategic talents. This person's fascination with what "could be" will stop you from being mired in the past and you will teach him or her about learning from the past.

    Use fact-based comparisons to prior successes to paint a vivid picture for others of "what can be" in the future.

    Action Ideas for others

    During meetings, always turn to this person to review what has been done and what's been learned.

    When you introduce this person to new colleagues, ask them to talk about their backgrounds before you get down to business.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Deliberative

    You are careful and vigilant. You are a private person. You know the world is an unpredictable place, even when things seem to be in order. You like to plan ahead so as to anticipate what might go wrong.

    You identify the dangers, weigh their relative impact, and then place your feet deliberately. You walk with care.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    You have naturally good judgment, so consider work in which you can provide advise and counsel.

    Explain your process of careful decision making- that you highlight risk in order to take control and reduce it. You don't ant others to misconstrue your Deliberative talents for tentativeness or fear of action.

    Partner with someone with strong Command, Self-Assurance, or Activator talents. Together you will make many decisions, and these decisions will be sound.

    Action Ideas for others

    Ask this person to join teams or groups that tend to be impulsive. She will have a temporizing effect, adding thoughtfulness and anticipation to the mix.

    Respect the fact that this person may be private. Take time to build the relationship and to earn trust.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Developer

    You see the potential in others. Each individual is a work in progress, alive with possibilities. You look for ways to challenge and develop people. You look for signs of growth- a new behavior learned or modified. Any progress made is fuel to you.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Make a list of people you have helped learn and grow. Reinforce what you have accomplished by looking at the list often.

    Teaching, coaching or management may prove especially satisfying for you.

    Don't over-invest in losing causes. You look for the good in people and may need to let some causes go.

    Action Ideas for others

    Ask this person to help you grow in your job. They are likely to pick up small increments of progress that others may miss.

    Reinforce this person's self-concept as someone who encourages people to stretch and to excel.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Discipline

    Your world needs to be predictable. It needs to be ordered and planned. You set up routines. You are not necessarily neat and clean, but you need precision. The routines, the timelines, the structure, all help to create the feeling of control.

    You LOVE your Palm Pilot. It reminds you to call Mom, get the report completed, it keeps you on track and disciplined.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Don't hesitate to check as often as necessary to ensure that things are right. Soon others will come to expect it from you.

    Increasing efficiency is one of your hallmarks. You are a perfectionist. Discover situations in which time or money are being wasted due to inefficiency, and create systems or procedures to improve efficiency.

    Timelines motivate you. Outline step-by-step plans for large tasks and projects.

    Action Ideas for others

    When working on a project with this person, make sure to give advance notice of deadlines.

    Disorganization will annoy this person. Don't expect this person to last long in a cluttered and unorganized environment.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Empathy

    You can sense the emotions of those around you. You can feel their feelings as though they were your own. You may not agree with each person's perspective or condone the choices, but you understand. You help others give voice to their emotional life. People are drawn to you. They appreciate that you understand them.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Help your friends and colleagues to be more aware when your peers are having a difficult time.

    Partner with someone with strong Command or Activator talents. This person will help you take needed action.

    Consider a confidante or mentor role. Your discretion and desire to be helpful will be greatly valued.

    Action Ideas for others

    Ask this person to help you understand how certain people in your organization are feeling.

    When employees or customers have difficulty understanding why an action is necessary, ask this person for help.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Focus

    You need a clear destination. You follow through and stay on track by setting goals. A life lacking goals will lead to frustration. Your focus forces you to be efficient and move toward fulfillment. Focus helps you to filter through choices of action. If a particular choice is not important, then it is not worth your time.

    You keep everyone on task.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    You function best when you can concentrate on a few well-defined initiatives and demands. Give yourself permission to reject projects or tasks that do not align with your overall mission.

    Stretch your goal setting beyond work. Set goals for your personal life. Create balance in your life.

    Seek roles where you can function independently. You will be able to stay on track with little supervision due to your strong Focus talents.

    Action Ideas for others

    Don't expect this person to always be sensitive to the feelings of others. Getting his work done often takes priority over people's sensitivities.

    Be aware that unstructured meetings will bother this person. Agendas should be used and followed.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Futuristic

    You are inspired by the future, fascinated by the future. You can see what the future might hold and the thoughts excite and inspire you. You are a dreamer who sees visions of what could be. Your vision of the future can energize others around you. Make the picture vivid and others will want to latch on the hope you bring.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Find a friend or colleague with a powerful Futuristic talent, too. Your discussions will fuel each other to reach for greater heights of creativity and vividness.

    Partner with someone with strong Activator talents. This person can remind you that you do not discover the future you create it with actions you take today.

    Surround yourself with people who are eager to put your vision into motion. They will feel your energy and you can harness their energy to propel the vision toward reality.

    Action Ideas for others

    Stimulate this person by talking about what could be. Ask lots of questions. Push them to make the picture of the future as vivid as possible.

    Send this person any data or articles you spot that would be of interest.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Harmony

    You are looking for consensus on areas of agreement. You seek to hold conflict and friction to a minimum. You can find ways to find common ground for others. You talk about the practical, down-to-earth matters that all can agree on and build from there.

    Wouldn't we all be more productive if we kept our opinions in check and instead looked for consensus and support?

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Use your Harmony talents to build a network of people with differing perspectives. Your openness to these differing perspectives will help you learn.

    Avoid roles that will lead you to confront people on a regular basis. Sales "cold calls" or highly competitive environments will frustrate or upset you.

    Look for the practical side of things in discussions. Help others see this practical side. It can be the starting point for agreement.

    Action Ideas for others

    Steer this person away from conflict. This person does not like confrontations and will not be at his best.

    When others are locked in disagreement, a person strong in Harmony can help to unlock them. The subject under debate may not be resolved but they should be able to see areas where they agree.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Ideation

    You are fascinated by ideas. An idea is a new perspective on a familiar challenge. You revel in taking the world as we know it and turn it around for a different view, a new and enlightening angle. You derive a jolt of energy when a new idea occurs to you. You may be labeled as creative or original.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Seek a career where you will be paid and given credit for your ideas. Marketing, advertising, journalism, design or new product development would be good career choices.

    Partner with someone with strong Analytical talents. This person will question and challenge you. This will lead to a strengthening of your ideas.

    Finish your thoughts and ideas before communicating them. Others may not be able to follow the dots of an incomplete idea and dismiss it.

    Action Ideas for others

    This person will be particularly effective as a designer of sales strategies, marketing campaigns or customer service solutions.

    Try to feed this person new ideas, they will use these concepts to generate new insights and discoveries of their own.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Includer

    You are accepting of others, instinctively. You want to include others and make them feel part of the group. You avoid excluding others. Regardless of sex, race, faith or nationality, you cast few judgments. Judgments can hurt someone's feelings.

    We are all equally important. So no one should be ignored.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Consider roles where you can speak for people whose voices not normally heard.

    Choose roles where you are continually interacting with people, whether at work or in your personal life.

    Partner with someone who has a strong Activator or Command talents. This person can help you deliver news that might hurt someone's feelings.

    Action Ideas for others

    If you are not a natural in social settings, stay close to someone who is- an Includer. You will be included in the conversation and made to feel part of the group.

    Ask this person to help you think about potential customers, markets, or opportunities you are not reaching today.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Individualization

    You are intrigued by the unique qualities of each person. You are impatient with generalizations or stereotypes. You want to look at and appreciate the distinct and special differences of each person.

    You pick the perfect gifts for friends and family members. You are an observer of other's strengths and can draw out the best in people.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Figure out what every person on your team does best. Then help them capitalize on their strengths, their talents and their skills.

    You move comfortably between different cultures and groups. Make full use of these talents by leading diversity and community efforts.

    Action Ideas for others

    When you are having difficulty understanding someone else's perspective; ask this person for insight.

    Have a discussion with this person when you are having problems with a coworker. The intuitions shared about the appropriate actions for each individual will be sound.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Input

    You crave to know more and are inquisitive. You might collect information, like books or you may collect things, like baseball cards. You collect things because they interest you, not because they may be worth something.

    Travel may interest you and the artifacts you bring home. You probably keep them forever and rarely throw them away. You never know when they may come in handy.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Look for jobs where you are required to find answers for something. The research will entertain you and keep you interested in your job.

    Remember that you must do more than be a repository of information. You'll need to leverage the information into action. Find facts that can assist others and use it to their advantage.

    Schedule time to read books and articles that stimulate you.

    Action Ideas for others

    When you are in meetings, ask this person for information. Look for opportunities to tap into the abundant knowledge base.

    Look for common interests and then share stories about them. A great relationship could develop.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Intellection

    You are introspective & appreciate discussion. You like to think. Intellection does not dictate WHAT you like to think about, your strengths will determine that only that you like to think.

    You are introspective and enjoy time alone. This gives you the opportunity for reflection and meditation.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Consider beginning or continuing the study of philosophy, literature or psychology. You will enjoy the mental exercise.

    Take time to write. You may be able to express your well thought out ideas best on paper.

    Organize a discussion group on a subject(s) that interest you. You will enjoy the exchange of ideas and the opportunity to express your own.

    Action Ideas for others

    Don't hesitate to challenge this person's thoughts. They will be prepared to discuss them and will enjoy the opportunity.

    When you are faced with books to read or projects to be evaluated, ask this person to assist. They will be happy to review them and give you an opinion of the content.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Learner

    You want to continuously improve by learning more and more about what interests you. The subject matter you choose will depend on your experiences and your talents. The process of learning, more than the content, is what is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady movement from ignorance to competence.

    You tend to gravitate towards adult learning experiences, like scuba diving lessons, a new language or graduate classes. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work environments where you are asked to take on short project assignments and then move on to the next one.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Develop ways to track the progress of your learning. If there are distinct levels or stages within a discipline, take a moment to celebrate your progress before progressing to the next level.

    As far as possible, shift your career toward a field with constantly changing technologies or regulations. You will be energized by the challenge of keeping up.

    At work, take advantage of programs that subsidize your learning. Your organization may be willing to pay for part or all of your continuing certifications.

    Action Ideas for others

    Regardless of this person's role, he will want to learn new facts, skills or knowledge. Help him find ways to learn and get motivated.

    Encourage this person to become the "resident expert" in a specific area. This will feed his need for extreme competency.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Maximizer

    Excellence, not average, is your measure. You stimulate personal and group excellence. Individual strengths, whether yours or someone else's, fascinate you. Once a strength is found you nurture it, refine it, challenge it to grow, and stretch it towards excellence.

    You choose to spend time with those who appreciate your strengths and have found ways to develop their own. You tend to avoid those who want to fix you or make you well rounded. You are happy to capitalize on your gifts and will not bemoan those that you lack. It's more fun, more productive and ultimately more demanding.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Develop a plan to use your most powerful talents outside of work. Consider how your talents relate to the mission in your life, how it can benefit the community.

    Devise ways to measure your performance and the performance of others. These will help you to spot strengths. The best way to identify strengths is to look for sustained levels of excellent performance.

    Keep your focus on long-term relationships and goals. Your Maximizer talents will be most energized and effective as you turn top potential into lasting greatness.

    Action Ideas for others

    This person is interested in taking something that works and figuring out ways to make the most of it. Ask for help when you need to uncover best practices.

    This person will expect you to understand her strengths and to value her for them. She will become frustrated if you spend too much time focusing on her weaknesses.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Positivity

    You are generous with praise and always on the lookout for the positive in the situation. You have contagious enthusiasm others will want to be around you. You seem to lift the spirit of others and lighten their load through humor and optimism.

    Some cynics reject your energy, but you are rarely dragged down.

    Your Positivity won't allow it.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    You may get your greatest joy by encouraging people. Freely show your appreciation and make sure the praise is not vague.

    Be sure to protect and nurture your Positivity. Be careful not to spend too much time with negative or chronic whiners. Spend your time in high energy and positive environments. It will invigorate and feed your optimism.

    Don't pretend that difficulties don't concern you. Other people need to know that while you see the good in most situations, you can recognize the challenges. You will need to be able to communicate your ideas for your positive approach.

    Action Ideas for others

    This person brings energy to the workplace. He will make your organization more positive and dynamic.

    Cynics will quickly sap this person's energy. Do not expect him to enjoy cheering up negative people. His talents will be best utilized by energizing positive people who need a spark.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Relator

    You enjoy close relationships with others. The Realtor theme pulls you towards people you already know. You do not shy away from meeting new people but you derive the most pleasure by being around your close friends and family.

    You want to understand their feelings, their fears, their joys and dreams. And you want them to understand yours. For you a relationship only has value when it is genuine.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Deliberately learn as much as you can about the people you meet. You will enjoy knowing about people and they will like being known. You can act as a catalyst for trusting relationships.

    No matter how busy you are, stay in contact with your friends. They are your fuel.

    Find a workplace where building friendships is encouraged. You may not thrive in an overly formal organization. In job interviews, ask about work styles and company culture.

    Action Ideas for others

    This person enjoys developing genuine bonds with colleagues. These relationships take time so you must invest in them on a regular basis.

    Trust this person with confidential information. She is loyal, places a high value on trust, and will not betray yours.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Responsibility

    Your Responsibility theme forces you to take ownership of what you say and do. You will do what you have committed to do, whether large or small, and you will follow it through to completion. Excuses and rationalizations are not acceptable for you.

    You are utterly dependable.

    Beware; your willingness to volunteer may sometimes lead you to take on more than you should.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Align yourself with others who share in your sense of responsibility. You will flourish when working with people who share your determination to get things done.

    You naturally take ownership of every project you are involved in. Make sure that your capacity to own does not keep you from sharing responsibility. Delegate, allow others the opportunity to experience the challenges of ownership and completion of the task.

    Partner with someone especially talented in Discipline or Focus. This person can help you to stay on track and prevent you from overloading yourself.

    Action Ideas for others

    This person defines himself by his ability to live up to his commitments. It will be intensely frustrating for him to work with others who don't.

    This person dislikes sacrificing quality for speed, so be careful not to rush the work. Talk about the quality first then ensure the project is moving on track for the completion date required.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Restorative

    You are adept at dealing with problems, you love to solve them. Where some are dismayed when they encounter another issue, you are energized by it. You enjoy analyzing the symptoms, identifying what is wrong, and finding the solution.

    You may want to solve similar problems over and over again or you may be energized by the complex and unfamiliar. That preference will be determined by your other themes and experiences.

    You fix things, resuscitate them, and rekindle the vitality- you save them.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Use your Restorative talents to devise a plan of attack to revitalize a flagging project, organization, business, or team. Look for turnaround situations.

    Study a chosen subject to become adept at identifying what causes certain problems to recur. This sort of expertise will lead you to the solution that much faster.

    Constant improvement is one of your hallmarks. Seek opportunities to enhance your abilities through a demanding field, activity or endeavor that requires exceptional skill or knowledge.

    Action Ideas for others

    Ask this person for her observations when you want to identify a problem within your organization. Her insights will be particularly acute and she will respond in a focused and professional manner.

    Offer your support when this person meets a particularly difficult problem. Because she defines herself by her ability to cope and restore normalcy, she may feel defeated if a problem remains an issue.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Self Assurance

    You are confident in your ability to manage your own life. Self-assurance is similar to self-confidence but is deeper within the person. You have confidence not only in your abilities but in your judgment. No one can tell you what to think. They can guide or suggest but you alone have the authority to form conclusions, make decisions and act. This final accountability for the living of your life does not intimidate you. It feels natural.

    This theme lends you an aura of certainty. You are not easily swayed by the arguments of others, no matter how persuasive they may be. Your Self-Assurance is solid. It is strong. It keeps you on course.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Partner with someone with strong Strategic, Deliberative, or Futuristic talents. This person can help you assess the goals to which you commit. This is helpful because once you set your sights on a goal; you are likely to stay with it until you achieve it.

    Your exceptionally hard work and long hours are natural products of the passion and confidence you feel about your work. Don't assume that others are similarly wired.

    You can be decisive, even when things get dynamic and distracting. When there is chaos around you, intentionally display the calm and certainty within you. It will give others comfort and security.

    Action Ideas for others

    If you are working on as team with this person, give him leeway in making decisions. He will neither want nor need hand holding.

    Help this person to understand that his decisions and actions do produce outcomes. If there is misjudgment, be sure to point them out immediately. He needs clear feedback to inform his instincts.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Significance

    You want to be recognized, independent and significant in the eyes of other people. You want to be heard. You want to stand out. In particular, you wan to be known and appreciated for the particular and unique strengths you bring.

    You want to associate with others who are credible, professional and successful. If they aren't, you will push them to achieve until they are. Or you will move on.

    Whatever your focus- and each person is different- your Significance theme will keep pulling you upward toward the exceptional. It is the theme that keeps you reaching.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Stay focused on performance Your Significance theme will drive you to claim outstanding goals. You will need to match the talk with your performance or you may be labeled a big talker.

    Share your dreams and goals with your family or closest friends and colleagues. Their expectations will keep you reaching.

    Leading crucial teams or significant projects brings out your best. Your greatest motivation may come when the stakes are at their highest. Let others know that you want the ball when the game is on the line.

    Action Ideas for others

    Be aware of this person's need for independence. And acknowledge the contribution made by her. Give her room to maneuver, but never ignore her.

    Give this person the opportunity to stand out, to be known. She enjoys the pressure of being the focal point of attention.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Strategic

    The Strategic theme creates alternative ways to proceed through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective on the world at large.

    It is "What if?"

    This perspective allows for clarity where others see chaos.

    You discard paths that lead to confusion, resistance, or ones that lead nowhere. You make your decisions and selections until you arrive at the chosen path- your strategy.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Your Strategic thinking will be necessary to keep a vivid vision from deteriorating into an ordinary pipe dream. Consider all possible paths toward making the vision a reality. Wise forethought can remove obstacles before they appear.

    Find a group that you think does important work and contribute your strategic thinking. You can be a leader with your ideas.

    Partner with someone with strong Activator talents. With this person's need for action and your need for anticipation, you can forge a powerful partnership.

    Action Ideas for others

    Involve this person in planning sessions. Ask him "What if?"

    Always give this person ample time to think through a situation before asking for input. He'll need time to play a couple of scenarios out in his mind.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*

    Woo

    Woo stands for winning others over. You love the challenge of meeting new people and making connections immediately. Strangers are rarely intimidating to you and are usually energizing. You want to learn their names, find some area of common interest so you can strike up a conversation and build rapport.

    In your world there are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet- lots of them.

    Action Ideas for YOU

    Choose a job in which you can interact with many people over the course of a day. In social situations, take responsibility for helping put reserved people at ease.

    Partner with someone with dominant Relator or Empathy talents. This person can solidify the relationships that you begin.

    Find the right words to explain that networking is part of your style. If you don't claim this theme, others may mistake it for insincerity.

    Action Ideas for others

    If you need to expand your own network, reach out to someone with strong Woo talents. She will help you to broaden your own connections and get you what you want.

    Understand that this person values having a wide network of friends. Enjoy the opportunity for connections when they are at hand. Let them mingle with no ties.

    * Excerpts have been directly taken from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. and Gallup Press' StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.*