A Conversation About How Your Strengths Help You Make Decisions (Podcast)

Welcome to the next installment of the Leadership Vision Podcast where we share our expertise in the discovery, practice, and implementation of StrengthsFinder.

On this episode of the podcast, I’m having another push conversation with our Senior Project Manager, Steph Wahlund. We’re talking about how our Strengths help us make decisions. This was one of the hardest conversation topics for me because I wasn’t sure how my Strengths inform my decision making. As you’ll hear in the episode, Steph and I wrestled with what and how our process of decision making happens. Since there’s never a shortage of decisions to evaluate, the topic provided us with plenty of material by which to assess and look at each of our Strengths.

Related: Listen to more push conversations here!

Eight Discussion Questions

This topic is part of a list of eight conversation starters we use that help us talk about our Strengths without having to regurgitate a bunch of Strengths words. To get your push conversation started, find a friend and ask them how they do one of the following things:

  1. Get work done
  2. Make decisions
  3. Form relationships
  4. Communicate
  5. Collaborate
  6. Adjust to change
  7. Learn new things
  8. Handle conflict

I’ve recorded a few of these conversations with my colleagues and I’ve learned a lot about myself during the process. It’s caused me to do some self-reflection that I’ve then applied forward when presented with a similar situation. It’s also given me some much-needed insight into my colleagues and helped me understand how I can work with them most effectively. I’d encourage you to give one of these a shot. I think you’ll find they are great for self-reflection as well as getting to know someone else on a deeper level.

About the Process

As you’ll hear in this conversation, a “push” conversation is intended to be one where you jump in and start talking about the chosen topic. Instead of trying to talk about one of your Strengths at random, these push conversations set up a context or a scenario that should help you think of examples. Instead of trying to pull examples out of thin air about how your Theme of Ideation works, these topics can be as a way to think about a specific situation and see how a particular Theme of Strength might show up. Then, and this almost always happens, examples start flowing, and you can see specific behaviors inherent to those Themes in other areas as well.

About The Leadership Vision Podcast

The Leadership Vision Podcast is a weekly show sharing our expertise in the discovery, practice, and implementation of StrengthsFinder. Leadership Vision uses StrengthsFinder to work with People, Teams, and Culture. We believe that knowing your Top 5 Strengths is only the beginning. Our highest potential exists in the ongoing exploration of our talents. Subscribe to the Leadership Vision Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen.

Please contact us if you have ANY questions about anything you heard in this episode, or if you’d like to talk to us about helping your team understand the power of Strengths.