With the popular StrengthsFinder assessment, the online test provides a person’s top five themes in the resulting report. And when a person’s in a context where those five themes, talents, and strengths can be recognized and used, it is most energizing, productive, and engaging.
Recently, I’ve learned from a certified StrengthsFinder coach that you can pay to get a report with all 34 themes in sequence! And this sequence is kinda like a DNA sequence, in the sense that probabilistically no two people have the same sequence. This coach described that the top 10 or 12 themes are most significant and that the bottom 10 are informative for how to “staff my weaknesses.”
Yes, and when you see what’s at the bottom of my sequence, you can see why I have absolutely no interest in competition. Yup, none whatsoever.
Here’s what my report had to say: “Your Theme Sequence report presents the 34 themes of talent, in the rank order revealed by your responses to StrengthsFinder. Your Signature Themes, the five most dominant, are listed first. Your Theme Sequence can be helpful to you in exploring beyond your Signature Themes. By leveraging the themes of talent toward the top of your sequence, you can enjoy personal and career success through consistent, near-perfect performance. The themes toward the bottom of your sequence are likely to be less apparent in your day-to-day behaviors. Sometimes they reflect what people don’t enjoy or think about very much.”
People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
People who are especially talented in the Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow.” They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.
People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.
People who are especially talented in the Includer theme are accepting of others. They show awareness of those who feel left out, and make an effort to include them.
People who are especially talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.
People who are especially talented in the Arranger theme 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.
People who are especially talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.
People who are especially talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.
People who are especially talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.
People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.
People who are especially talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles.
People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.
People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.
People who are especially talented in the Significance theme want to be very important in the eyes of others. They are independent and want to be recognized.
People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
People who are especially talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create.
People who are especially talented in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.
People who are especially talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.
People who are especially talented in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They try to treat everyone in the world with consistency by setting up clear rules and adhering to them.
People who are especially talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.