A common misconception about Strengths is that they show up in the same way for everyone. If two people share the Theme of Competition, you might assume they both love to win no matter what. But this is definitely not always the case! Leadership Vision has written in depth about how certain behaviors may point to a Strength, but we caution against broad statements that prescribe a Strength to always show up through certain behaviors. In today’s post, Steph recounts her interview with Logan and Brian, and compares and contrasts their Strength of Competition. See what you can learn!
Descriptions of the 34 Clifton StrengthsFinder Themes
Sometimes at Leadership Vision, we play an informal game of Strengths pairings. Basically, we mash up two of the names of our Themes of Strengths to explain how they work together. We know that Strengths do not work alone. We never go one at a time with our Strengths. Rather, we try to tell a story and challenge people to see how pairs and combinations of Strengths can be discussed. In this article, Linda shares examples of Strengths pairings and how they look in different individuals.
When preparing your team or organization to thrive in the world of Strengths, a foundational understanding of the 34 Themes of Strength is critical. Too often, we run into people who want to short-circuit the process, but over and over again, we’re finding it important to begin with a baseline of education. Sara and Logan share how they found a new desire to help teams understand these foundational elements after a recent engagement.
Have you ever felt frustrated with a friend or colleague because their Strengths were different than yours? Maybe you didn’t have the language of Strengths, but there was something fundamentally different in how they communicated, organized, or related to the world from you. Too often we just find ourselves growing more and more frustrated and annoyed with those people, rather than taking the time to see how our differences may actually benefit one and other. Steph writes about one simple way to overcome this.
The Importance of an Education on the 34 Themes of Strength: Bringing to Life the Themes of Strength
In order to provide a foundation for team development, continued growth in Understanding the Talents expressed in each of the Themes of Strength, and to establish a common language from which to move forward as a team, we believe a Strengths-based team or culture should start with an education around each of the 34 Themes of Strength. Here’s why!