Talent Tuesday: Connectedness

What do we mean by Connectedness? 

The Clifton StrengthsFinder results describe this talent theme as follows; “Things happen for a reason. You are sure of it. You are sure of it because in your soul you know that we are all connected. Yes, we are individuals, responsible for our own judgments and in possession of our own free will, but nonetheless we are part of something larger. Some may call it the collective unconscious. Others may label it spirit or life force. But whatever your word of choice, you gain confidence from knowing that we are not isolated from one another or from the earth and the life on it. This feeling of Connectedness implies certain responsibilities. If we are all part of a larger picture, then we must not harm others because we will be harming ourselves. We must not exploit because we will be exploiting ourselves. Your awareness of these responsibilities creates your value system. You are considerate, caring, and accepting. Certain of the unity of humankind, you are a bridge builder for people of different cultures. Sensitive to the invisible hand, you can give others comfort that there is a purpose beyond our humdrum lives. The exact articles of your faith will depend on your upbringing and your culture, but your faith is strong. It sustains you and your close friends in the face of life’s mysteries.”

If the above description describes you, be sure to read below for career tips and tricks tailored to your strengths!

People who are especially talented in the Connectedness theme find their stride in assisting others in making connections and finding purpose in commonplace occurrences. 

Career Search Tips for Connectedness Talents:

  • Share specific examples that help your friends and colleagues see how their actions affect others.
  • Intentionally set aside a few minutes away from the action for an opportunity to quietly contemplate. This will give you a better chance to see patterns and identify adjustments that can increase the effectiveness of the group you are working with.
  • Consider roles in which you listen to others and counsel them. You can become adept at helping people see connections and purpose in everyday occurrences.
  • Help those around you cope with unpredictable and unexplainable events. You will bring them a sense of stability as they handle the unexpected.
  • Explore specific ways to expand your sense of connection, such as starting a book club, attending a retreat, or joining an organization that puts Connectedness into practice.

Below is a video created by the Gallup Strengths Center that goes into more detail about the Connectedness Talent Theme and how it can help you on your path to success!

By Rachel Linehan
Rachel Linehan CareerEdge Manager Rachel Linehan