Talent Tuesday: Deliberative

What do we mean by Deliberative? 

The Clifton StrengthsFinder results describe this talent theme as follows; “You are careful. You are vigilant. You are a private person. You know that the world is an unpredictable place. Everything may seem in order, but beneath the surface you sense the many risks. Rather than denying these risks, you draw each one out into the open. Then each risk can be identified, assessed, and ultimately reduced. Thus, you are a fairly serious person who approaches life with a certain reserve. For example, you like to plan ahead so as to anticipate what might go wrong. You select your friends cautiously and keep your own counsel when the conversation turns to personal matters. You are careful not to give too much praise and recognition, lest it be misconstrued. If some people don’t like you because you are not as effusive as others, then so be it. For you, life is not a popularity contest. Life is something of a minefield. Others can run through it recklessly if they so choose, but you take a different approach. You identify the dangers, weigh their relative impact, and then place your feet deliberately. You walk with care.”

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 Deliberative theme questions other’s decisions because they have naturally good judgment themselves.

Career Search Tips for Deliberative Talents:

  • Find a role where you can take responsibility for helping others think through their decisions. You will be sought as a valuable sounding board.
  • Look for a company culture that allows you to give some thought to your decisions, and be sure to set some time aside each day for yourself.
  • In teams, be sure to explain your process of careful decision making. Clarify that you highlight risk in order to take control and reduce it. Don’t allow others to misconstrue your Deliberative theme as tentativeness or fear of action.
  • When evaluating potential job offers or changes, consider the advantages of being conservative in your decision making.

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

By Rachel Linehan
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