Command – StrengthsFinder Coach Hee Guan’s Number 1 Theme
My Command is the most alive during a crisis and stalemate situation. My Command theme is usually manifested in 4 phases:
- Arise to the Challenge
- Assure the Crowd
- Activate a Course
- Advance to Conquer
I will elaborate on these 4 phases using a Basement example.
When I was 15 years old, my Chinese teacher warned me:
“Hee Guan, if you continue with such behaviour, I will throw you down from the 4th storey!”
“Wow, this is so exciting!”
My Command loved such a crisis the teacher had created. I immediately Arose to the Challenge by literally standing up. I tried to look as cool as possible in order to Assure my classmates that I was in full control; and not my teacher. Then my mind spontaneously Activated a plan to solve this crisis. Finally, I Advanced towards my teacher and told him ‘throw me down NOW’. After ‘conquering’ my teacher, I walked back to my seat as a victor.
Well, as mentioned, my Command at the Basement created a victory for myself at the expense of respect for authority, harmony in the class and a productive learning environment. From hindsight, I was actually a self-centered and defensive loser.
I am thankful that after many years of investing in my Command (from Talent to Strength), it has moved towards the Balcony in my adulthood. I had a PEAK Experience when I was 33 years old.
My Command at the Balcony created a great sense of accomplishment for self, collective productivity for the team and speedy relief for the Tsunami victims. I have indeed grown to be others-centered and defender of the helpless.
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