People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information. 

  • Needs on a team: To get information
  • As a Leader: Need to know more
  • In Conflict: Ask for the facts
  • Partner with: Partner with someone with a strong Focus or Discipline theme. This person will help you stay on track when your inquisitiveness leads you down intriguing but distracting avenues.
  • In academics: – loves information – will want every possible piece of information you can give them as an advisor – will probably have read all the student handbooks and catalog information in advance of the appointment — will enjoy classes in which research is valued – will enjoy profs who are “experts” or are well-read – class discussions, lots of reading, and use of the internet or library are appealing – doing research with faculty may appeal 

The genius of your Input talent is based on your curiosity. It is as if your curiosity knows no limits. You want to know about everything. Question after question propels you to learn more and more. You want facts, information, concepts, and principles. You become excited by your own questions and even more excited when you nd answers to your questions. Sometimes you turn your curiosity to people and want to learn as much as possible about them, but for the most part you are driven to learn in general and in specialized areas of knowledge. As you learn, you try to keep your acquired facts organized, but this is a challenge since you continue to collect more and more information, and there is simply much to learn. Finally, the genius of your Input talent wants to share what you have learned. You can be a great communicator of what you have learned, and you get really excited about telling others about the latest thing you have learned.

At your best (Balcony): great resource, knowledgeable, excellent memory, mind for detail, collects interesting things, excellent conversationalist

At your worst (Basement): knows a lot of worthless information, packrat, cluttered house-cluttered mind, boring conversationalist

Gallup Theme Thursday: Season 1
Listen to “Input – Gallup’s Theme Thursday” on Spreaker.

Gallup Theme Thursday: Season 2
Listen to “Gallup Theme Thursday Season 2 – Input” on Spreaker.

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