Strengths Series 4: Context
Welcome to Part 4 of your Strengths Insight Series. Each week we look at a different Strength Theme from the Gallup StrengthsFinder® framework. To see the other Strengths Insights visit us here.
If you have Context as a dominant strength you seek to understand the present situation by considering its history. You understand that the cause of today’s problem lies is an ever so small error back in the beginning.
Maybe you recall the conversation where an idea was first raised, and how in the excitement a crucial detail was over looked. By understanding the pain of today and the pathway to it, you can see what part of the original plan was flawed. You are incredibly valuable for preventing the baby from being cast out with the bath water. You can see that 99% of the plan created many years earlier was sound. It was only the 1% that was flawed.
Because you can see the deeper cause of the current issue you are confident in making a small course correction. You are able to accumulate original wisdom and are more skeptical of contemporary ‘wisdom’.
Suggestions for being more Context effective
- Use photographs, original diagrams and artifacts to keep you feeling confident and motivated.
- Read historical novels and biographies. You’ll discover insights into the present.
- If you are a leader work of establishing ritual as a way to maintain a steady course
- Watch out for your aversion to change. Develop a switch process when your context influence is inappropriate
Leading people especially talented in Context
- Take time to explain your thinking when asking someone to assume responsibility or do something.
- In a meeting take special care to ensure everybody shares their back story.
- Use case studies, anecdotes and stories to explain how he or she will benefit from initiatives.
- In a project team give them the role of recording. They understand why it is important.
How many men and women have Context in their top 5?
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