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Talents in Marriage - Competing vs Completing

A topic we cover with many of our clients is the dynamic of colliding talents. Some talents can naturally go against the grain of how certain other talents function, often resulting in conflict. So how can we move talents that collide to complement one another?

This month I am celebrating my 40th anniversary with Karey. For over 25 years we worked on our marriage and parenting, seeking the counsel of experienced voices, going to conferences, adding communication skills, and getting professional guidance on occasion. Through our challenges and rough patches, I can honestly say we had a very good marriage for those silver years. But over the past decade adding the knowledge of our CliftonStrengths talents and CoreClarity to our perspectives and language has taken very good to even greater. 

The secret? In our early years of marriage, we were told that we could choose to compete with one another or complete one another. We have opted for the latter, and the insights of our...

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Illuminarios- Lighting Up the World Year Round

I had arranged our department in the conference room to assemble notebooks for an upcoming conference. Using my Strategic, I set up a simple assembly line that would cut the large tedious job into an efficient one-hour chore. Things started off well and after a few adjustments the room was soon buzzing with productive chatter. However, there was soon a bottleneck in the process and like any good project leader I was trying to figure out the why. Quick analysis and my CoreClarity training led me not to the why but the who. I had made the miscalculation of putting Leslie, our Illuminario, in the middle of the assembly line.

Illuminarios are natural people persons who also have an interpersonal relationship push of persuasion and motivation. They thrive on the opportunities that interaction with others bring and can turn the most mundane project into an engaging social event. We call them Illuminarios because when they are at their best they love to shine a light on others. And if they...

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Empathy - Getting Your Feelers Out

empathy Jul 22, 2020

It’s the middle of July, and it’s hot. No need to dress in layers to go outside. However, inside some public places the thermostat is set so low that you may need to pack a sweater to avoid catching pneumonia. But there’s more to the temperature of a meeting room than air conditioning. There’s the interpersonal weather of the people in the room. For a reading on that warm or cold front you will want to tap into Empathy.

Empathy is a talent that has more of an emotional constitution. When they say “I feel you” they are really taking in the emotional vibes and wake from you. They can instinctively read people – their feelings, moods, and sometimes motivations. Like a barometer to atmospheric pressure, they can sense the emotional temperature and pressure of the room, unearthing unspoken motivations and conflict. I had a co-worker with Empathy who could enter a room and quickly identify anyone bearing an extra burden of emotion, regardless of...

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