My StrengthsFinder Results. Part 4 of 5 – Individualization

This is part four of a five part series. 

Your Individualization theme leads you to be intrigued by the unique qualities of each person. You are impatient with generalizations or “types” because you don’t want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person. Instead, you focus on the differences between individuals.

I hope I’ve taught my children this!  Different people have different things that motivate them, different ways of learning, different ways of coping with stress, etc.  I could never understand managers that treated employees as if they were a pool of androids that all had interchangeable parts.

You instinctively observe each person’s style, each person’s motivation, how each thinks, and how each builds relationships. You hear the one-of-a-kind stories in each person’s life. This theme explains why you pick your friends just the right birthday gift, why you know that one person prefers praise in public and another detests it, and why you tailor your teaching style to accommodate one person’s need to be shown and another’s desire to “figure it out as I go.”

Honestly, if I do this, it must be instinctively – I certainly don’t really think about it.  But I do know that it is a hell of a lot more productive to have people do something thy enjoy doing.

Because you are such a keen observer of other people’s strengths, you can draw out the best in each person. This Individualization theme also helps you build productive teams. While some search around for the perfect team “structure” or “process,” you know instinctively that the secret to great teams is casting by individual strengths so that everyone can do a lot of what they do well.

I used to do home repair with one of my Uncles.  We did roofing, room additions, etc.  He would always say "Use the right tool for the job, and the job gets easier".  And he was right.  Sure, I could drive a nail with a wrench, but I might also bend the nail or break the wrench.  The hammer is a much better tool for the job.  The same is true when it comes to people – give someone the job that best suits them and they’ll be happier, you’ll see more productivity, and you’ll find it much easy to build a team.  Unhappy people rarely develop into productive teams.

Finally, the next part is Developer. By far my favorite section – and it isn’t about writing software 🙂 – I should get that out tomorrow sometime. 

Individualization

Your Individualization theme leads you to be intrigued by the unique qualities of each person. You are impatient with generalizations or “types” because you don’t want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person. Instead, you focus on the differences between individuals. You instinctively observe each person’s style, each person’s motivation, how each thinks, and how each builds relationships. You hear the one-of-a-kind stories in each person’s life. This theme explains why you pick your friends just the right birthday gift, why you know that one person prefers praise in public and another detests it, and why you tailor your teaching style to accommodate one person’s need to be shown and another’s desire to “figure it out as I go.” Because you are such a keen observer of other people’s strengths, you can draw out the best in each person. This Individualization theme also helps you build productive teams. While some search around for the perfect team “structure” or “process,” you know instinctively that the secret to great teams is casting by individual strengths so that everyone can do a lot of what they do well.