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True Blue Talents: Relator

relator Mar 26, 2019

I’d made an assumption.

I’d assumed that Darryl - a leader of leaders, a mentor to young entrepreneurs - would have talents in the Mobilize quadrant. But after some small talk while waiting in line to order coffee, I noticed Darryl was communicating much more from the Reflect quadrant, taking long pauses before replying thoughtfully to my questions.

I changed my whole focus from presentation mode to asking questions and understanding some of his intellectual processes and philosophy around his work. At the end of our time, Darryl asked about my work. I gave him a few highlights and asked if he would take the Clifton Strengths assessment so we could get back together and have him experience it for himself. He was both agreeable and intrigued to do so.

When I received Darryl’s assessment results, I found my initial assumption was way off. Darryl had no Mobilizing magenta in his Top 5 but was a Life Line with 3 Reflect talents and Relator as his one...

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A Deeper Look: Achiever & Command

achiever command kryptonite Feb 28, 2019

This month, we will look at two talents that are on polar opposite ends of the talent tier in terms of their frequency found in people’s top 5. At number one in our database is from the Energize quadrant: Achiever showing up in the top 5 a whopping 34% or just over 1/3 of the time. On the other side, we see Command from the Mobilize quadrant, coming in at just over 4% of the time. That is only one out of 25 people. Both have a great push toward productivity with some Kryptonite complications. Not surprisingly, I have both of these in my top 5.

Those of us with the Command talent have no problem stepping into a situation and giving direction & order to confusion & chaos. That presence and clarity can be inspiring and motivating when it is on point. There are other times that it can leave a wake of intimidation or just be emotionally overwhelming. Unfortunately, not many people with Command have understood this talent as a gift that needs to be developed. It can come...

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A New Approach To A New Year

resolutions Jan 01, 2019

It's a new year, and for many people, an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and give attention to being a better version of themselves. It's a resolution season, defined as the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, to lead to self betterment.

 Over 40% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. And these intentions of self improvement typically fall into one of the following categories compiled from Statistic Brain: 

Top 10 New Year’s Resolution for 2017

  1. Lose weight/ healthier eating
  2. Self improvements
  3. Better Financial decisions
  4. Quit Smoking
  5. Do more exciting things
  6. Spend more time with family/friends
  7. Work out more often
  8. Learn something new on my own
  9. Do more good deeds for others
  10. Find the love of my life

A University of Scranton research doc suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals.  That is probably why the other 60% of Americans don't make resolutions -- they have...

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