Strengths Primer: Discipline

People strong in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create.

  • Needs on a team: To organize
  • As a Leader: Create order
  • In Conflict: Add structure
  • Partner with: someone with strong Ideation–this will stretch your thinking. Adaptability–They will help you manage with flexibility especially in times of change. Self-assurance–will give you confidence especially trying new things. 
  • In academics: – loves organization – this student will also be well-prepared for the advising session and usually knows what they want – enjoys structured courses, well- organized profs with clear expectations, grading rubrics – will probably want to take all the required courses first to “get them out of the way” – will want to carefully plan their course schedule and will care about the times classes are taught and how they will get their assignments done – will want study time in between classes, so won’t want to schedule any back-to-back classes – will enjoy seeing the syllabus in advance of choosing the class 

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Strengths Primer: Consistency

People strong in the Consistency theme (also called Fairness in the first StrengthsFinder assessment) are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They try to treat everyone in the world fairly by setting up clear rules and adhering to them.

  • Needs on a team: To have things be fair
  • As a Leader: Treat people the same
  • In Conflict: Set up clear rules
  • Partner with: Maximizer or Individualization theme
  • In academics: – loves fairness – prefers courses where expectations are clear and spelled out in advance – loves grading rubrics – dislikes being in courses where the prof plays favorites or where expectations change during the term – surprises are no fun to these students, so they will want to map out their educational plan well in advance and then stick to it – enjoys routines, processes, and other sequential procedures, so may enjoy the sciences, statistics, accounting, music, engineering or law

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Strengths Primer: Self-Asssurance

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.

  • Needs on a team: To be right
  • As a Leader: Provide confidence
  • In Conflict: Influence outcome
  • Partner with: a strong Strategic, Deliberative, or Futuristic theme. This person can help you assess the goals to which you commit. You need this help because once you set your sights on a goal you are very likely to stay with it until it is achieved. 
  • In academics: – loves to make a difference – enjoys class participation – enjoys classes where they can be successful – prefers classes that are relevant to their goalsand desires – enjoys independent study or creating their own assignments –appreciates feedback from profs

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Strengths Primer: Strategic

Day two, second theme to drill into. 

People especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

  • Needs on a team: To Seek Alternatives
  • As a Leader: Forge The Path Forward
  • In Conflict: Quickly Name the Issues
  • Partner with: Activator
  • In academics: loves to see the alternative – likes classes that emphasize options, alternative solutions, and strategic thinking – independent study often appeals, as do creative assignments

Read the full primer here.

Strengths Primer: Woo

34 days, 34 theme. First up Winning other overs-Woo

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 person. 

  • Needs on a team: 
    • To meet people

     

  • As a Leader: Network with others
  • In Conflict: Keep people connected
  • Partner with: someone with a strong Relator or Empathy theme. This person can solidify the relationships that you begin.
  • In academics: – loves to meet new people – enjoys taking a variety of classes – enjoys new material and opportunities to meet people they wouldn’t otherwise meet – relationship with prof is important – group projects usually appeal

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Strengths Primer: Woo

34 days, 34 theme. First up Winning other overs-Woo

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 person. 

  • Needs on a team: 
    • To meet people

     

  • As a Leader: Network with others
  • In Conflict: Keep people connected
  • Partner with: someone with a strong Relator or Empathy theme. This person can solidify the relationships that you begin.
  • In academics: – loves to meet new people – enjoys taking a variety of classes – enjoys new material and opportunities to meet people they wouldn’t otherwise meet – relationship with prof is important – group projects usually appeal

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Comparing Strengths assessment

Different strength tools
Who is it for and what does it cost

 

 

 

 

 

Youth

Adult

Adult

Youth

Adult

Adult

Adult

15-20

15

15

25

20

25

24 in order

 

Top 3 of 10

Top 5 of 34

21 of 60

2 of 9 

Free +

Free +

Free in Naviance

$10

$25

$15

Character

 

Talents

Talents

C, T and unrealised

Strengths roles

 

What it measures

 

 

 

6 Virtues

 

4 dimensions

10 talents

 

4 Domains

 

5 families

9 Strength groups

 

 

Wisdom and Knowledge 

 

Courage 

 

Humanity –

 

Justice – 

 

Temperance –

 

Transcendence 

 

 

Decisive 

Interactive

Stabilising

Cautiousness

——-

Two reports:

Natural

Adaptive

 

——-

15 patterns

Achieving 

Caring 

Competing 

Confidence 

Dependability 

Discoverer 

Future Thinker 

Organizer 

Presence 

Relating 

 

INFLUENCING STRENGTHS

 

EXECUTING STRENGTHS

 

 

RELATING STRENGTHS

STRATEGIC THINKING

 

 

Being, Communicating, Motivating

Relating Thinking

——-

Realised

Unrealised

Weeknesses

Advisor

Connector

Creator

Equalizer

Influencer

Pioneer

Provider

Stimulator

Teacher

 

 

 

List of Strengths defined

 

 

 

Creativity

Curiosity

Judgment/Open-Mind,

Love of Learning

Perspective, wisdom

Bravery

Perseverance, industriousness

Honesty/integrity

Zest

Capacity to Love Kindness/generosity

Social Intelligence

Teamwork

Fairness

Leadership

Forgiveness&Mercy

Modesty&Humility

Prudence

self-control

App. of Beauty/Excel.

Gratitude

Hope, optimism,

Humor

Religious/Spirituality

Achiever

Agent

Appraiser

Counselor

Creative

Developer

Inspirational

Investigator

Objective Thinker

Perfectionist

Persuader

Practitioner

Promoter

Result oriented

Specialist

 

Achieving 

Caring 

Competing 

Confidence 

Dependability 

Discoverer 

Future Thinker 

Organizer 

Presence 

Relating 

Activator,Command, 

Communication, Competition, Arranger Maximizer, Achiever

Self-Assurance, 

Significance, Woo

Consistency, Belief Deliberative,

Discipline, Focus, Responsibility, Restorative, Developer

Adaptability, Input

Connectedness, Empathy, Harmony, Includer, Individualization, 

Positivity, Relator

Analytical, Context, Futuristic, Ideation,, Intellection, Learner, Strategic

Action

Adventure

Bounceback

Drive 

Enabaler

Emotional Awareness

Esteem build

Courage 

Humor

Improver 

Curiosity

Pride

Listern

Planful

 

Advisor

Connector

Creator

Equalizer

Influencer

Pioneer

Provider

Stimulator

Teacher

 

 

Follow your passion is bad advice

“The path to a passionate life is often way more complex than the simple advice ‘follow your passion’ would suggest.”
You’ve been told you should follow your passion, to do what you love and the money will follow. But how sound is this advice? Cal Newport argues that it’s astonishingly wrong.

But if you do what you do with passion, it make all the difference. 

He actually mentions Strengthsfinder as a tool, but is kind of dimissive of it. The stories he tells of people living their passions, however, he speaks of lifestyle traights they are cultivated through thir job which sounds suspiciously like people using their strengths in their work. 


You can learning anything

VIA’s Love of Learning seems to overlap with Gallup’s Learner and ideation Talents. 

Places to learn for free

Kahn Academy

iTunes U — list of othe providers here

Cousera

EdEx

Youtube

Big Think

TED

Open Culture

Your Library

 

 

 

Empathy is one of Gallup’s Strengths:

Operationally, it seems connected with Social Intelligence in the VIA schema. 

Greater Good Describes it as  “a wide range of experiences. Emotion researchers generally define empathy as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.”

How does it work?


Want to understand the science behind empathy? This quick video explains why and when we care.

 

Communicating Science Through Visual Media – Empathy from RISD FAV on Vimeo.

 

Want to Cultivate it? The Greater Good Society has outlined the Habits you need to engage in:

Habit 1: Cultivate curiosity about strangers

Habit 2: Challenge prejudices and discover commonalities

Habit 3: Try another person’s life

Habit 4: Listen hard—and open up

Habit 5: Inspire mass action and social change

Habit 6: Develop an ambitious imagination