“People with the StrengthsFinder theme of Input love collecting – this could be items of interest, resources, knowledge or all three. They love and crave to learn new and specific things and to share their knowledge and resources with others. Good question askers, people with Input are filled with curiosity and are excited about travel and learning about other cultures. They can also memorise easily and have incredible information recall.”
Vicki Haverson, The Strengths Box
We interviewed Vicki, a qualified strengths coach, who has Input ® as her #3 talent theme and this is how she defines Input.
According to the Clifton StrengthsFinder ® profiling tool someone who has the talent theme Input ® is described as a person who has a craving to know more. They gather, collect and store information to call on whenever needed.
Input is a strategic thinking theme, one of the four domains recognised within the tool.
As strengths coaches and strengths advocates, we too have a hunger for more information relating to all 34 talent themes. How do we learn about all of them?
If you happen to have Input ® in your top 5 this theme will resonate with you. If not, perhaps you know someone who has this theme and you just want to know more about them.
Understand Input ® can be seen as a sponge, consistently absorbing information. Yet also recognised as a hoarder or packrat and maybe seen as collecting too much. To outsiders, what’s
collected may appear irrelevant or useless. You will need space to store your resources, their will be clutter. Your Dropbox, cloud or storage facilities will be full, including your garage.
Is this always respected?
Would this inspire people around you to see how much you hang onto things and information, will they see the value. Do they know to come to you to ask where items or information maybe stored. You will know, you love to provide help, especially when someone is looking for something.
Let’s feed Input ® and look at the talent theme and it’s history.
Gallup, Inc ® and Don Clifton joined forces to understand and collect data on human behaviour. Clifton, a psychologist, recognised that we tend to target weakness rather than focus on strength. Together they studied every industry imaginable and researched the most successful people within each industry.
The results they found were these consistent patterns of thought, emotion and behaviour. 34 in all, which they labeled – Talents. Through this data and research they reverse engineered the Clifton StrengthsFinder ® profiling tool, which enables us to identify these talents within ourselves.
Yes, we all have these talents, one of which is Input ®. By completing the online assessment we are given the choice to either unlock our top 5, or open up all 34. Someone with Input may be inclined to unlock all 34, however as coaches we recommend simply looking at your top 5 first. Remembering, if society has conditioned us to address our flaws, chances are we may spend too much time on our lower talents, this is why we want to focus on your top 5.
You then have the ability to apply skills and knowledge to these talents to develop them into mature strengths.
Input asks, “How do we do that?”
We learn, we read, we watch and listen. There are books, YouTube Clips, websites, courses and strengths coaches. We have made it easier for you, we went and interviewed strengths coaches around the world who have each particular talent in their own top 5 so we can learn from them.
Understand, we can learn all the theory, strategy and understanding of each of the 34 talent themes, however we will never truly know how it feels to have all 34 talents themes in our top 5. So why not learn form the best, who actually have that talent themselves?
You see, Input is a strength, whether it’s in your top 5 or in someone you know. It simply needs to be understood, accepted and harnessed. Just like all 34 talents. They are all equal, they are not labels, we’re all different. The chances of two people having the same top 5 talents in the same order are 1:33 million, so differences are great. We simply need to learn how to form strengths in partnerships.
Considering we interviewed coaches who have each talent in their top 5, we decided to produce little manuals, or companion guides as we like to call them. Added to the interview, we’ve collected further information on Why you need to learn more about Input, Vicki will explain How you can implement the talent into your life. And this little guide will give you strategies, questions and tasks for you to develop this talent into a strength. We published Focus on your Input Talent on 27th May 2017 and is available for you now, simply click on the image below.
This little companion guide relates to the complete Focus On Your Strengths companion guide, with all 34 interviews covering all 34 talent themes. Inside you may learn about every talent, every contributing coach and even find some bonus offers inside for you to develop your strengths. When you’re ready to engage with a strengths coach, this is a great place to find a coach to suit your needs, because you will have a variety to choose from. We recommend finding a coach you resonate with, you will know who you connect with from their answers and understanding of strengths.
If you still want to feed that Input and gain great energy from watching and listening, as well as reading, we also developed the Focus On Your Strengths Udemy course. Comprised of over 17 hours of video content, the complete interviews, instructional videos and 170+ lectures, the Udemy course is designed to accompany the companions guides.
For a short time we’re offering a 75% discount for all readers of this blog post. That’s a savings of more than $US150. You’ll receive the Udemy course as well as the complete companion guide which contains all 34 strengths. Including all 34 interviews with international strengths coaches. That’s a strong way to develop your talents. Simply click below to begin.
*Disclaimer – These videos and the Focus On Your Strengths course are entirely developed by Choose Your Chapter and are NOT products of Gallup nor the Clifton StrengthsFinder. We would like to acknowledge Gallup and the CSF for their data and research tool which allows us to help spread the word to focus on our strengths. Clifton StrengthsFinder ® and StrengthsFinder ® and each of the Clifton StrengthsFinder theme names are trademarks of Gallup, Inc. Choose Your Chapter are not affiliated with Gallup, Inc or its subsidiaries.
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The Focus On Your Strengths Udemy course and companion guides were written, designed and produced by Danny Crouch and Nicole Feledy. The best Gold Coast Business Coach, best Gold Coast Life Coach, best Gold Coast Strengths Coach, best Gold Coast keynote.