Coaching "Unusual" StrengthsFinder Profiles II

An 18 year old student got her StrengthsFinder profile. After scrutinising her Strengths Reports, she approached me with a troubled look at the end of a Strengths Introduction session.

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“I’m unsure about these three talent themes – they don’t seem to describe me” #activator #individualization #deliberative

STEP #1: Define Talent Themes Precisely & Concisely

To check for her understanding, I asked…

(1) What do you understand by these three themes?

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Some people are still unable to pinpoint & confirm their top 5 with these reports. In such cases, it is imperative that coaches are able to provide concise & precise descriptions for the themes.

(2) (Hearing her understanding) “That is partially true, but a more direct way to explain this is…”

  • #activator – “hate to wait” & “try first & learn along the way”
  • #individualization – “easily notices preferences of people & caters to each with different approaches”
  • #deliberative – “naturally sees risks, thinks of what may go wrong & takes precautions”

(3) “When do you think, feel or behave that way?”

  • Check whether they can clearly & concretely identify manifestation of talent themes

(4) “That sounds right. You do manifest these talent themes. Why did you feel (2 minutes ago) that it doesn’t describe?”

STEP #2: Discern for Contrasts & Unlikely Pairs in Top 5

(5) I notice contrasting pairs of themes in your top 5. Do you recall situations where you vacillate between the talent themes?

  • #activator usually wants to start & get things off the ground. However #deliberative may prefer to carefully consider risks before starting.
  • #command usually wants to take charge and lead people to follow your decision. However #individualization prefers to cater to & adjust to people’s preferences.
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Spot on!

The lady could identify many situations where she felt “torn”. It was because of these situations that she found it hard to accept that she had #activator, #individualisation and #deliberative.

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