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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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The 3 Power P’s for the Passionato: Propelling the Power of Passion

Two things Carey loved were people and coffee. So when she decided to make a career change it was not surprising that she became a barista at a coffee shop. Very quickly her role and responsibilities began to align with her talents and she was thriving in her new career path. 

The store manager initiated a competition to increase sales of packaged coffee. The first barista to sell 50 pounds would win. Carey was not very competitive but she did love people and coffee. Four hours into her shift she went to her boss and announced, “I sold 50 pounds. What should I do now?” He was astonished and conflicted. “Great job-but don’t tell anyone else. This was supposed to be a two week contest and we need everyone else to keep selling. You won, but let’s keep it our secret for another week.”

Passion, People, Purpose. Those are the 3 power P’s for the Passionato. Because we see more of the emotionally charged talents in the external Connect and...

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