Winning Others Over with the StrengthsFinder theme of Woo!

Have you ever marveled at the way someone can work a crowd… with ease? When a flight is overbooked or an emergency appointment needs to be made, do you ever wonder how someone gets the point person to smile and actually provide help? Have you ever noticed how some people soak up information in their surroundings?

These people may have the StrengthsFinder theme of WOO.

Definition of the StrengthsFinder theme of Woo

WOO stands for winning others over. At the heart, WOO is a social Intelligence theme. People with the strength of WOO have a great capacity to inspire and motivate others. WOO is not just a cheerleader, rather, WOO is adept and skillful in the social setting.

There are four social applications of WOO. Which one or ones are you?

  1. Social Intelligence: they have an intellectual understanding of how a social environment can work successfully. They don’t even have to be there, they just know.
  2. Social Instinct: They have an innate understanding how to navigate within complex social environments.
  3. Social Influence: They know how to work a crowd. No matter how they work a crowd, someone with social influence can impact many other people.
  4. Social Integration: They read a room and understand how the elements within a social setting can work together for a positive experience for all.

How the Strength of Woo Can Be Generative

People with the StrengthsFinder theme of Woo have a specialization to them. A person with the strength of WOO can help leaders understand how to best influence a room by how they stand, how they sit, how they are poised. They know when the room needs to be cooler, or when it needs to be warmed up. WOO can influence in small groups or in thousands of people or anything in between. It is important to figure out what capacity your WOO has.

Often times they are keenly aware of others around them. WOO is invitational. They invite you to be friends with them. WOO always WOO’s for a reason—and it could be any reason. So when you find a WOO, ask,

Why do you WOO?

Examples of Woo

One man I know has introverted WOO. When he took the StrengthsFinder he was surprised by his results.

Why? Because he hates to be up front.

I asked him more questions… about what he sees in the company and who works best with whom? What is the culture like? the climate like? which teams are strongest? which individuals are really team players?

He revealed his social intelligence. He had great answers and great solutions that could move the organization forward. He had a keen awareness of how rooms needed to be arranged. His challenge was to share what he saw and sensed. The challenge to his teammates was to ask him, “what do you see?”

One woman we know has extroverted WOO. She is a natural up on stage.

Hand her a microphone at any point and she can work the crowd. Hints of humor, words to release emotion, expressive eyes and hands. When she is on the platform people end up liking her AND get excited about her cause or call to action, AND find themselves wanting to work together.

Your Woo

Do you have the StrengthsFinder theme of Woo? What is it like? What environments cause it to come alive? What is your purpose to Woo? Leave a comment below and join the conversation.