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StrengthsQuest for Students

Overview of StrengthsQuest for students
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Adrian Smith

on 15 January 2014

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Transcript of StrengthsQuest for Students

StrengthsQuest
discover your talents ~ develop your strengths ~explore the possibilities
positive psychology
Focus on what is normal/right about a person
Reality
"To produce excellence you must study excellence."
-Donald Clifton
What's going to
make you stand out?
“Individuals gain more when they build on their talents, than when they make comparable efforts to improve their areas of weakness.”
--Clifton & Harter, 2003
develop a language to talk about ourselves
looks at interests, personality, skills and strengths, values
does not give us a "magical answer"
talents
a major part of what makes you a unique person...
... direct connection between talents and achievements
"a naturally reoccuring pattern of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied"
"Developing our strengths rather than our weaknesses will result in a more productive and meaningful life."
Larry Braskamp
What is a Strength?
the ability to provide consistent, near-perfect performance in a given activity
TALENTS are diamonds in the rough

STRENGTHS are diamonds that shine
with brilliance after they have been cut
and polished
What do strengths produce?
increased confidence & optimism
positive sense of self
appreciation for your own talents
self -awareness & direction
My Strengths
1. WOO
2. Developer
3. Maximizer
4. Positivity
5. Empathy
Affirming your Signature Themes
Many people are blind
to t
heir own talents
Sometimes our talent
s thr
eaten others
We may be in positions or roles that don't fit our talents
Afraid of appearing boastful and arrogant
Not able to see how talents will help achieve goals
Why is it difficult to affirm our themes?
Affirming your themes simply means you agree that you have talents in these areas, and with "investment" you may have strengths in these areas.
You are able to see how your talents in that theme enable you to do certain things well (in many cases, better than others).
Questions?
If a theme is not in my Top 5, is it a weakness?
What if I didn't get a theme I think I should have?
Is having a talent always positive?
CLAIM IT !
NO!
Not ALWAYS
Analytical
Context
Futuristic
Ideation
Input
Intellection
Learner
Strategic
STRATEGIC THINKING:
Keeps people focused on ‘what could be’. They are constantly analyzing information, looking at things from different perspectives, and helping the team make better decisions.
4 Domains of Leadership
EXECUTING:
They know how to make things happen. They implement a solution and work tirelessly to get it done. They are the “Doers”.
4 Domains of Leadership
Achiever
Arranger
Belief
Consistency
Deliberative
Discipline
Focus
Responsibility
Restorative
RELATIONSHIP BUILDING:
The “glue” that holds the team together. They can create groups/organizations that are greater than the sum of their parts.
4 Domains of Leadership
Adaptability
Developer
Connectedness
Empathy
Harmony
Includer
Individualization
Positivity
Relator
INFLUENCING:
Help their team reach a much broader audience. They are able to “sell” the ideas within and outside the organization.
4 Domain of Leadership
Activator
Command
Communication
Competition
Maximizer
Self-Assurance
Significance
Woo
Handwriting Exercise
Top 5 Talent Themes
(a theme is a group of similar talents)

278,256
possible unique combinations.

33,390,720
different permutations with unique order.
Thriving vs. Surviving
Balcony vs. Basement
www.strengthsquest.com
What sets you apart from other candidates?

I’m a high achiever, self-confident, unique, compassionate and committed to being the NUMBER 1 ______________!

Self-Assurance Empathy Individualization Competition Deliberative
Elevator Speech
“There’s a crucial phenomenon inherent in employee engagement: The best employees don’t want to be coddled;
they want to matter
. They want to be part of something greater than themselves, and they want to know how they contribute to that something. They want to be heard, and above all, they do not want to be ignored.”

-Brian Brim and Jim Asplund
Driving Engagement by Focusing on Strengths
Gallup Management Journal
1) being problem-focused
2) incorporating an ongoing freshness
of appreciation of life
3) a concern about personal growth
4) the ability to have peak experiences
Self-Actualization
STRENGTHS SHORTCUT!
FLOW
A state of mind brought on by
complete
immersion
into an activity,
accompanied by
loss of time
and
an adequate level of
challenge
.
"Flow is of utmost importance when researching positive psychology interventions, because it is believed to be directly linked to skill development, performance improvements, positive emotions, and overall quality of life achievements." -Csikszentmihalyi
Athletic Flow
Occupational Flow
Academic Flow
Recreational Flow
Miscellaneous Flow
Why Hello Mr. Smith! My name is Megan Werner and I just graduated from the University of Arkansas with my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am looking to continue
my education because I have a thriving curiosity to learn and an ambition to better myself in multiple facets. I would be a great candidate for your doctoral program because I am good at archiving information, in addition to having excellent time management skills for personal, academic, and career success. I feel I have reached this opportunity for a reason and will work tirelessly to reach every goal set by myself or your program. [closing remarks]
What's YOUR flow??
Learner
#1
Input
#4
Connectedness
#3
Arranger
#2
Achiever
#5
Why Hello Mr. Smith! My name is Megan Werner and I just graduated from the University of Arkansas with my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am looking to
continue
my education
because I have a
thriving curiosity to learn
and an ambition to better myself in multiple facets. I would be a great candidate for your doctoral program because I am good at
archiving information
, in addition to having
excellent time management skills for personal, academic, and career success
.
I feel I have reached this opportunity for a reason
and will
work tirelessly to reach every goal set by myself or your program.
[closing remarks]
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