My earlier articles introduce CliftonStrengths talent themes independently:
I then proceed to show how talent themes actually pair-up naturally:
I shall attempt to showcase the ‘greater uniqueness’ of individuals through the Power of Clustering; when 3 talent themes blend naturally with one another. 3 of my Dominant themes (in my Top 10) are Self-Assurance, Significance & Communication.
As a child: When I was 11 years old, I was pretty upset that my Maths teacher was so poor in her teaching. I thought: “If I were to stand up to teach now, I will do a much better job and the whole class will surely understand my lesson.” My Self-Assurance talent was beaming with confidence and my Significance talent wanted to gain admiration for my ability to impact the whole class. From then on, I taught many of my classmates Maths using Communication talent and I also frequently declared to others that “one day, I will be a great Maths teacher”. I was eventually awarded a scholarship to study and teach Maths.
As a teenager: When I was 16 years old, most people were intensely preparing for their ‘O’ Level examination. I thought: “Before I graduate from my secondary school, I will plan and run a cohort camp with a few of my classmates.” My Self-Assurance talent is not affected by the fear of not having enough time to prepare for exam and my Significance talent wanted to leave a legacy of a student-initiated large scale event. I then use my Communication talent to convince a group of classmates to join me.
As a new teacher: When I was 25 years old, I was tasked by my Maths HOD to run the yearly Maths-competition for the students. I thought: “Why are we doing the traditional way of Quiz & Buzzer?” My Significance talent wanted to pioneer the first ever Experiential Maths Competition in the school field that integrated Maths problem solving and Tele-match with props. My Self-Assurance talent instills confidence in others in the midst of their uncertainty of success. I then used my Communication talent to convince my HOD for approval and briefed all the teachers on the execution plan.
As an entrepreneur: When I was 41 years old, I was asking myself regarding the purpose of my next lap. I concluded that I need to speak to the multitudes in the school hall in order to shape the values of the 21st century learners. My Significance talent has created a high calling. For the following 4 years, I indeed spoke to the tens of thousands students with conceptual clarity & social connectivity using my Communication talent. My Self-Assurance talent frequently ‘shocked’ the teachers with my high level of confidence when addressing the whole school that was new to me.
A cord of 3 talent themes can create amazing things; excellent performance and a sense of purposefulness to boost self-esteem. Can you find your cord and how your 3 talent themes manifest together to strengthen one another?