Talent Tuesday: Context

What do we mean by Context? 

The Clifton StrengthsFinder results describe this talent theme as follows; “You look back. You look back because that is where the answers lie. You look back to understand the present. From your vantage point the present is unstable, a confusing clamor of competing voices. It is only by casting your mind back to an earlier time, a time when the plans were being drawn up, that the present regains its stability. The earlier time was a simpler time. It was a time of blueprints. As you look back, you begin to see these blueprints emerge. You realize what the initial intentions were. These blueprints or intentions have since become so embellished that they are almost unrecognizable, but now this Context theme reveals them again. This understanding brings you confidence. No longer disoriented, you make better decisions because you sense the underlying structure. You become a better partner because you understand how your colleagues came to be who they are. And counterintuitively you become wiser about the future because you saw its seeds being sown in the past. Faced with new people and new situations, it will take you a little time to orient yourself, but you must give yourself this time. You must discipline yourself to ask the questions and allow the blueprints to emerge because no matter what the situation, if you haven’t seen the blueprints, you will have less confidence in your decisions.”

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 Context theme enjoy looking to the past to create better methods for the future.

Career Search Tips for Context Talents:

  • When a problem occurs in the workplace, ask yourself and your colleagues what led to it. Learning from the situation will help you and your colleagues become equipped to avoid future mistakes.
  • Accept change. Remember that the Context theme does not equate with “living in the past.” Instead, you can become known as an agent for positive change.
  • Look for organizations that value their past and are working towards improvement.
  • Find a mentor who has a long history in your organization. Listening to his or her experiences will likely spark your thought process and accelerate your learning.

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

By Rachel Linehan
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