Talent Tuesday: Intellection

What do we mean by Intellection? 

The Clifton StrengthsFinder results describe this talent theme as follows; “You like to think. You like mental activity. You like exercising the “muscles” of your brain, stretching them in multiple directions. This need for mental activity may be focused; for example, you may be trying to solve a problem or develop an idea or understand another person’s feelings. The exact focus will depend on your other strengths. On the other hand, this mental activity may very well lack focus. The theme of Intellection does not dictate what you are thinking about; it simply describes that you like to think. You are the kind of person who enjoys your time alone because it is your time for musing and reflection. You are introspective. In a sense you are your own best companion, as you pose yourself questions and try out answers on yourself to see how they sound. This introspection may lead you to a slight sense of discontent as you compare what you are actually doing with all the thoughts and ideas that your mind conceives. Or this introspection may tend toward more pragmatic matters such as the events of the day or a conversation that you plan to have later. Wherever it leads you, this mental hum is one of the constants of your life.”

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 Intellection theme thrive when they can think deep and think often.

Career Search Tips for Intellection Talents:

  • Set aside a few minutes every day just to collect your thoughts. Your thinking will be sharper and more effective.
  • Always take time to consider big projects before the action begins. Your timely insights will allow the project to move forward intelligently and without backtracking.
  • Identify peers with whom you can have intellectual conversations on a frequent basis. The enjoyable exchange will stimulate your thinking and that of others.
  • List your ideas in a log or a diary. These ideas will serve as grist for your mental mill, and might yield valuable insights.
  • Take time to write. Writing might be the best way to crystallize and integrate your thoughts.
  • Explain to others why you need time for introspection. Although it might seem to others that you are slow to act, introspection allows you to refine your ideas; thus, for you it is productive behavior.

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

By Rachel Linehan
Rachel Linehan CareerEdge Manager Rachel Linehan