Talent Tuesday: Maximizer

What do we mean by Maximizer? 

The Clifton StrengthsFinder results describe this talent theme as follows; “Excellence, not average, is your measure. Taking something from below average to slightly above average takes a great deal of effort and in your opinion is not very rewarding. Transforming something strong into something superb takes just as much effort but is much more thrilling. Strengths, whether yours or someone else’s, fascinate you. Like a diver after pearls, you search them out, watching for the telltale signs of a strength. A glimpse of untutored excellence, rapid learning, a skill mastered without recourse to steps — all these are clues that a strength may be in play. And having found a strength, you feel compelled to nurture it, refine it, and stretch it toward excellence. You polish the pearl until it shines. This natural sorting of strengths means that others see you as discriminating. You choose to spend time with people who appreciate your particular strengths. Likewise, you are attracted to others who seem to have found and cultivated their own strengths. You tend to avoid those who want to fix you and make you well rounded. You don’t want to spend your life bemoaning what you lack. Rather, you want to capitalize on the gifts with which you are blessed. It’s more fun. It’s more productive. And, counterintuitively, it is more demanding.”

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 Maximizer theme should direct their energy to push for excellence in all you do.

Career Search Tips for Maximizer Talents:

  • Once you have claimed your own strengths, stay focused on them. Refine your skills. Acquire new knowledge. Practice. Keep working toward mastery.
  • Devise ways to measure your performance and that of your colleagues. These metrics will help you spot strengths.
  • Develop a plan to use your strengths outside of work. In doing so, consider how your strengths relate to your personal mission and how they might benefit your family or the community.
  • Study success. Deliberately spend time with people who have discovered their strengths. The more you understand how marshaling strengths leads to success, the more likely you will be to create success in your own life.

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

By Rachel Linehan
Rachel Linehan CareerEdge Manager Rachel Linehan