People strong in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.

  • Needs on a team: To see the big picture
  • As a Leader: Make connections
  • In Conflict: Are creative
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  • In academics: – loves ideas and the big picture – enjoys creating their own educational plan – likes independent study or designing their own assignments – enjoys doing research with professors – enjoys courses that involve creative assignments rather than exams – enjoys profs with diverse ideas, enjoys learning from other students and hearing their ideas – willing to try anything that sounds interesting – may need advisor’s help to stay on track to meet graduation requirements because every class sounds interesting to them

The genius of your Ideation talent begins with your love of ideas and the way you so quickly learn new ideas, concepts and principles. But you are not passive. It is as if you take ideas and then begin spinning them around in your mind. With each new idea you learn, you tend to think about it over and over – – – spinning it around with the many other ideas you already have. e result of this thinking, turning, and spinning around of new ideas with what you already know does two things. First, you generate new connections and insights about ideas and their implications. Second, the spinning of your ideas often results in new ideas. Therefore, the genius of the Ideation talent is the creativity of generating new ideas and insights as a result of contemplating and reviewing the ideas you have learned.

At your best (Balcony):  improves on the existing, learns quickly, agile mind

At your worst (Basement): serendipitous, lacks follow-through, creates more work

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Listen to “Gallup’s Theme Thursday- Ideation” on Spreaker.


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