Strengths Insights Part 19: Input
Welcome to Part 19 of the Strengths Insight Series. Each week we look at a different Strength from the Gallup StrengthsFinder® framework. Reading these posts will give you an insight into those you work and live with.
Input – A strength theme in the Strategic Thinking Domain
You are inquisitive. You collect things. You might collect information, words, facts, books and quotations, or you might collect tangible object such as butterflies, rugby memorabilia, cooking recipes, vintage cars or sepia photographs. Whatever it is, you collect them because they interest you. And yours is the kind of mind that finds so many things interesting. The world is exciting precisely because of its infinite variety and complexity. If you read a great deal, it is not necessarily to refine your theories, but rather to add information to your archives. If you like to travel, it is because each new location offers novel artifacts and facts.
These can be acquired and the stored away. Why are they worth storing? At the time of storing it is often hard to say exactly when or why you might need them, but who knows when they might become useful. With all these possibilities in mind, you really don’t feel comfortable throwing anything away. So you keep acquiring and filing stuff away. It is interesting. It keeps your mind fresh. And perhaps one day some of it will prove valuable.
The framework, “The Evolution of an Idea” helps leaders and managers to build a team of diverse and complimentary people. In essence an organisation’s purpose is to reveal and develop ideas into valuable service to mankind. The framework helps people fit-in so their contribution is valued.
The value of an idea that has evolved to where it can be delivered, manifests in diverse ways. Sometimes it is tangible; a product is built or a service provided, but there is always a great deal of intangible created too. Someone with Input strength can identify and gather the value. In an enterprise that is good at evolving ideas the value in all its guises must be gathered and demonstrated to others in the team. Without the value being collected, recorded and communicated, people at the beginning of the evolutionary process tend to drift away. They do not feel appreciated. In time they leave the team.
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Tips for maximising the value of your Input Strength.
- Look for work that charges you to acquire new information, such as teaching, research or journalism.
- Identify you areas of interest and focus on gathering information about them.
- Schedule time to read books and articles that stimulate you.
- Deliberately increase your vocabulary. Intellectually collect words and study their mean.
- Refine you systems of storing information so it can be readily recalled.
- Identify situations that allow you to share information.
- Accept that you will never know ‘enough’.
- Partner with someone with strong Focus or Deliberate strengths to keep you on track. You might be distracted by new ideas and information.
Managing people who have Input in their Top 5 Strengths.
- Focus this person’s natural inquisitiveness by asking them to research topics of importance for your organisation.
- Position him in roles that demand a heavy research component.
- Pay attention to his other strengths. If he also has Developer he may excel as a teacher or trainer. He will be able to pepper his teaching with interesting facts.
- He needs to be in the know. Keep him up to date.
- Ask him in meetings to watch out for details and / or considerations that might be overlooked.
- Help him, maybe provide resources for him to develop system for storing and recalling information.
- Affirm him by celebrating his memory and ability to recall facts.
How many NZers have Input in their Top 5?
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