Strengths Quest

I have taken the Gallup CliftonStrengths “Strength Finder” assessment again after 7 years, and one of my strengths has changed!

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  1. Futuristic
  2. Activator
  3. Woo
  4. Strategic
  5. Communication
  1. Activator
  2. Woo
  3. Futuristic
  4. Strategic
  5. Positivity

It’s interesting how my strengths have evolved based – probably due to changes in my work environment and what I’ve needed to do to be successful.

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Futuristic

“People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.”

I feel empowered to set direction to my life and see little reason to cling to the past. This strength can be leveraged to inspire others by transforming my ideas into tangible realities.

My Futuristic strength compels me to invite others into my life and foster relationships that are motivated by my ideas, inventions, and innovative strategies. The future is full of potential!

I’m developing this strength through career informational interviews where I learn  more about the person’s industry, job duties, aspirations, and ideas. Please connect with me if you’re willing to share! I also regularly read news articles that fuel my imagination for the future.

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Activator

“People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.”

This is my most challenging strength. My eagerness to get things started and completed can be overwhelming to others that need more time to process and evaluate options. It is important that I temper my energetic and demanding style to specific individuals and that I develop my skills to “read the room”.

My Activator strengths also help me influence others and build relationships because of my transparent honesty – what you see is very much what you get with me. I like to talk to new people and find ways that we can work together to better accomplish all of our goals.

I love working in an environment that allows me to make decisions and quickly act on them. My ideal work environment judges me on measurable outcomes rather than my process. I thrive trying new experiences that test my talents, skills, and knowledge. Please reach out if you are a focused, futuristic, strategic, or analytical person – our strengths combined are perfectly complemented to do great things!

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Woo

“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.”

I am energized by meeting new people and learning about their experiences, stories, values, opinions, and what makes them interesting. My student graphic designer at the University of Florida once told me, “You could meet a brick wall, and at the end of 5 minutes know where the brick wall’s name, hometown, favorite color, hobbies, and where they’re going next.”

Any chance encounter could be a new friend – and I love any and all opportunities to meet new people. Please let me know of any new events where I can collaborate with new partners!

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Strategic

“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.”

My mother taught me to break down complex situations into specific steps and patterns. I enjoy re-configuring data and information to reveal trends, raise issues, identify opportunities, and offer solutions. This distinct way of thinking allows me to be more innovative, inventive, original, and resourceful. I’m quick to give explanations, ideas, examples, and stories to draw connections between facts, events, people, problems, or solutions.

My Strategic strength can be challenging in the workplace because I will be formulating answers and alternatives while others are still identifying or exploring the problem. It is important that I calibrate my thoughts to best foster consensus with others.

Due to my ability to anticipate potential challenges, CliftonStrengths recommends that I suggest ways to overcome potential pitfalls – to avoid being perceived as having a negative outlook. My talents of strategically considering other’s perspectives should be leveraged to ensure a goal is accomplished.

I look forward to new opportunities where I can leverage my Strategic strength to lead others – please let me know if you know of any ways I can help.

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Communication

“People who are especially talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.”

I love to present ideas and knowledge with others – especially through public speaking. Presentations, conversations, debates, and discussions give me life! There is a special thrill in transforming dry information into fascinating content that grabs the attention of others. Per CliftonStrengths, “You want your information—whether an idea, an event, a product’s features and benefits, a discovery, or a lesson—to survive.”

My Communication strength perfectly aligns with my career in marketing. I enjoy inspiring the interest in others and compelling them to act.

Please reach out if you know of any speaking opportunities where I can help inspire and motivate others!

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