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I had an opportunity to take Gallup's "StrengthFinder 2.0" instrument. Here is the write-up for my primary strength. I think it reveals much about me that is essential:
People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena. Personalized Strengths Insights:
What makes you stand out?
Because of your strengths, you automatically think of new and different ways to do things. Your mind is brimming with ideas. You probably are eager to share them with whoever will listen. Instinctively, you intentionally seek out what is new and different. Unexplored territory appeals to your adventurous spirit. You like to test your limits as a human being in travel, work, sports, or thinking. Even when others worry about your well-being, you trust you can take care of yourself. Driven by your talents, you generate ideas quickly. You draw clever linkages between facts, events, people, problems, or solutions. You present others with numerous options at a pace some find dizzying. Your innovative thinking tends to foster ongoing dialogue between and among the group’s participants. By nature, you are concerned about what individuals think of you. You want them to recognize your ability to involve all kinds of people in groups or activities. Knowing others are watching and judging you probably is highly motivating. Chances are good that you contribute many innovative ideas to the group during brainstorming sessions. You tend to be highly imaginative when proposals are fully heard and any criticism is reserved for a later time.
The remaining four strengths on my list are, in order:
Maximizer - focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.
Input - have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
Arranger - can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.
Futuristic - inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.