Most of us have little sense of
our talents and strengths, much less
the ability to build our lives
around them. Instead, guided by our
parents, by our teachers, by our
managers and by psychology’s
fascination with pathology, we
become experts in our weaknesses and
spend our lives trying to repair
these flaws, while our strengths lie
dormant and neglected.
Reflect on the following list of
34 Signature themes and choose the
top five dominant themes that
capture your spirit and essence:
People strong in the Achiever theme
have a great deal of stamina and
work hard. They take great
satisfaction from being busy and
People strong in the Activator theme
can make things happen by turning
thoughts into action. They are often
People strong in the Adaptability
theme prefer to "go with the flow."
They tend to be "now" people who
take things as they come and
discover the future one-day at a
People strong in the Analytical
theme search for reasons and causes.
They have the ability to think about
all the factors that might affect a
People strong in the Arranger theme
can organize, but they also have a
flexibility that complements this
ability. They like to figure out how
all of the pieces and resources can
be arranged for maximum
People strong in the Belief theme
have certain core values that are
unchanging. Out of these values
emerges a defined purpose for their
People strong in the Command theme
have presence. They can take control
of a situation and make decisions.
People strong in the Communication
theme generally find it easy to put
their thoughts into words. They are
good conversationalists and
People strong in the Competition
theme measure their progress against
the performance of others. They
strive to win first place and revel
People strong in the Connectedness
theme have faith in the links
between all things. They believe
there are few coincidences and that
almost every event has a reason.
Consistency (formerly Fairness):
People strong in the Consistency
theme are keenly aware of the need
to treat people the same. They try
to treat everyone in the world with
consistency by setting up clear
rules and adhering to them.
People strong in the Context theme
enjoy thinking about the past. They
understand the present by
researching its history.
People strong in the Deliberative
theme are best described by the
serious care they take in making
decisions or choices. They
anticipate the obstacles.
People strong in the Developer theme
recognize and cultivate the
potential in others. They spot the
signs of each small improvement and
derive satisfaction from these
People strong in the Discipline
theme enjoy routine and structure.
Their world is best described by the
order they create.
People strong in the Empathy theme
can sense the feelings of other
people by imagining themselves in
others' lives or others' situations.
People strong in the Focus theme can
take a direction, follow through,
and make the corrections necessary
to stay on track. They prioritize,
and then act.
People strong in the Futuristic
theme are inspired by the future and
what could be. They inspire others
with their visions of the future.
People strong in the Harmony theme
look for consensus. They don’t enjoy
conflict; rather, they seek areas of
People strong in the Ideation theme
are fascinated by ideas. They are
able to find connections between
seemingly disparate phenomena.
People strong in the Includer theme
are accepting of others. They show
awareness of those who feel left
out, and make an effort to include
People strong in the
Individualization theme are
intrigued with the unique qualities
of each person. They have a gift for
figuring out how people who are
different can work together
People strong in the Input theme
have a craving to know more. Often
they like to collect and archive all
kinds of information.
People strong in the Intellection
theme are characterized by their
intellectual activity. They are
introspective and appreciate
People strong in the Learner theme
have a great desire to learn and
want to continuously improve. In
particular, the process of learning,
rather than the outcome, excites
People strong in the Maximizer theme
focus on strengths as a way to
stimulate personal and group
excellence. They seek to transform
something strong into something
People strong in the Positivity
theme have an enthusiasm that is
contagious. They are upbeat and can
get others excited about what they
are going to do.
People who are strong in the Relator
theme enjoy close relationships with
others. They find deep satisfaction
in working hard with friends to
achieve a goal.
People strong in the Responsibility
theme take psychological ownership
of what they say they will do. They
are committed to stable values such
as honesty and loyalty.
People strong in the Restorative
theme are adept at dealing with
problems. They are good at figuring
out what is wrong and resolving it.
People strong in the Self-Assurance
theme feel confident in their
ability to manage their own lives.
They possess an inner compass that
gives them confidence that their
decisions are right.
People strong in the Significance
theme want to be very important in
the eyes of others. They are
independent and want to be
People strong in the Strategic theme
create alternative ways to proceed.
Faced with any given scenario, they
can quickly spot the relevant
patterns and issues.
People strong in the Woo theme love
the challenge of meeting new people
and winning them over. They derive
satisfaction from breaking the ice
and making a connection with another