How CliftonStrengths worked for me

If it weren’t for Ed Hidalgo I would not have been introduced to the Gallup StrengthsFinder at a pivotal time in my career shift. I am grateful that happened.

Being able to understand and identify with my strengths gave me the courage to embrace my professional development at a new level.

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”– Maya Angelou

My top 5 strengths are:

1. Ideation: People exceptionally talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
2. Input: People exceptionally talented in the Input theme have a need to collect and archive. They may accumulate information, ideas, artifacts or even relationships.
3. Futuristic: People exceptionally talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They energize others with their visions of the future.
4. Learner: People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
5. Strategic: People exceptionally talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

Have you ever checked out your strengths? Have you used the Gallup assessments as a part of the hiring process? As a manager faced with on-boarding a new hire?

In one case, I purchased this out of pocket for a new hire that was to report to me. She was quiet enough that it was difficult to learn about her. Learning about her strengths allowed me to be patient with areas where I could expect her to be challenged and require additional support. In her case, one of her strengths actually caused a challenge for her to be effective in the role that she was hired to perform. It was interesting to observe how she navigated the position despite this.

If my strengths resonate with you or you just want to discuss your with someone else feel free to reach out!