What Does it Sound like When Strengths Work Together? (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, you’ll hear from three of our team members as I interview them about the similarities and differences between their shared Theme of Competition. But this episode isn’t really about the Theme of Competition Instead, in my conversation with Steph, Brian, and Logan, we’ll dive deep into the way their other Themes of Strength show up and impact their shared Theme of Competition. It’s a fascinating conversation and showcases just how unique each individual is, even when shared Strengths are present.

The idea for this podcast came a few months back when Steph wrote a blog post summarizing her findings from an interview she did with Brian and Logan. In that post, she compares and contrasts the way Competition shows up for each of them.

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One sentence in the post really got the wheels turning for me and formed the basis for what would become this episode. Steph wrote that for her Competition to fully engage, she needs structure. For Logan, he needs to gather information. And for Brian, it’s all about points of connection.

On the podcast, Steph, Brian, Logan and I explore what it means for Steph to need structure, for Logan to require information, and for Brian to crave connection. We talk about the interconnection between Themes of Strength and how we’re able to get the most out of them when we understand this interconnection. We know that Strengths don’t work alone – there’s always at least two or three working together – And while we start by understanding Strengths individually, the next step is stacking them together.


What you’re going to hear in this episode are three very different manifestations of the same Strength. Steph’s need for structure comes out of her Strengths of Discipline and Focus. Logan’s information craving originates from his Significance and Ideation. And without Brian’s Connectedness and Intellection, his Competition is basically non-existent. I hope this conversation inspires you to think deeply about the interaction between your own Themes of Strengths.

For Reflection

Once you feel you have a firm grasp on the definitions and behaviors of each of your Strengths individually, venture into looking at them in combination. Try this simple exercise:

  • Think about a recent decision you made, a project you completed, or relationship moment that stands out.
  • Start identifying behaviors that you can connect to each of your themes. Think about big ideas such as, how you communicated, what lead to your decisions, or how you engaged with a person.
  • Try to think about your motivations surrounding that situation.

If you need a refresher on Strengths, visit to our 34 Themes page and read over the descriptions for each Theme. And of course, you can always reach out to us. We’re happy to help!

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. In fact, 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.