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

The genius of your Strategic talent involves the way you think and generate alternatives. When faced with a problem or a dilemma you can quickly generate multiple alternatives to circumvent obstacles that prevent your progress. Sometimes you think in a backwards manner by first visualizing the outcome you want to produce and then generating multiple alternative paths to get to that objective. But your genius of Strategic doesn’t simply begin and end with generating alternatives. The real genius of this strength is found in the way that you can quickly sort through the various alternative paths and determine the one that will work best and most efficiently.

  • Needs on a team: To see alternatives
  • As a Leader: Forge the path forward
  • In Conflict: Quickly name the issues

At your best (Balcony): anticipates alternatives, intuitive, sees different paths

At your worst (Basement): jumps to quick decisions, difficult to understand their thinking, closed-minded

Worth Reading

Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life

Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance

Go deeper

  • Using your strengths in school and college wth great ideas on building relationships, study techniques, class selection, and extra curricular activities. 

Listen to these podcasts

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  • If you are looking to identify and develop your strengths and talents, take calculated risks and make decisions, The Strengths Revolution with Steve Morgan will help your personal development, as well as helping you support your clients, employees, teams and wider organisations. Knowing your strengths will also support positive risk-taking and decision making as part of good risk management.


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