Restorative

People strong in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.

Occurrence: 23% of Strengthquest participants (4th highest of all 34 strengths themes)

 

  • Needs on a team: To solve problems
  • As a Leader: Assess challenges
  • In Conflict: Help resolve differences

You can tell a person strong in Restorative by these attributes (source: Dr. Hulme, APU)

 

 

  • Energized by problem-solving 
  • Readily take on projects others
  • see as “unsalvageable”
  • Can analyze a situation and see immediately what needs to be fixed
  • Quickly recognize problems others don’t see
  • Love to “save the day”

 

 

 

 

 

A more detailed explanation from Gallup:

 

You love to solve problems. Whereas some are dismayed when they encounter yet another breakdown, you can be energized by it. You enjoy the challenge of analyzing the symptoms, identifying what is wrong, and finding the solution. You may prefer practical problems or conceptual ones or personal ones. You may seek out specific kinds of problems that you have met many times before and that you are confident you can fix. Or you may feel the greatest push when faced with complex and unfamiliar problems. Your exact preferences are determined by your other themes and experiences. But what is certain is that you enjoy bringing things back to life. It is a wonderful feeling to identify the undermining factor(s), eradicate them, and restore something to its true glory. Intuitively, you know that without your intervention, this thing-this machine, this technique, this person, this company-might have ceased to function. You fixed it, resuscitated it, rekindled its vitality. Phrasing it the way you might, you saved it.

 

The genius of your Restorative talent is found in the way you can think and fix things. This is key to all problem solving. But your ability to fix goes beyond patching things together. The way you restore things involves bringing them back to life. Accordingly, you can have a restorative effect on relationships and in fact, entire organizations. The genius of your Restorative strength is that you are so good at figuring out what is not working, resolving that, and then guiding people to a way of being healthy and highly functional.

 

Action Plan Worksheet for Restorative

Worth reading:

The Thinker’s Toolkit: 14 Powerful Techniques for Problem Solving

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Check out the Thinker’s workshop

 


 


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