The CliftonStrengths Coaching Blog is a resource for those who want to help others truly understand their strengths and learn how to use them. Gallup experts and outside contributors share tactics, insights, and strategies to help strengths coaches maximize the talent of individuals, teams, and organizations everywhere.
Last week on Theme Thursday, we took an in-depth look at the Woo theme and hosted Gallup Senior Education Program Manager JerLene Mosley. JerLene supports schools and school districts in selecting outstanding teachers and staff members and provides strengths-based development to staff and students. Her top five strengths are Individualization, Communication, Positivity, Activator, and Woo.
People with strong Woo talents bring energy to social situations. They can connect with others and act as catalysts in helping people connect with one another. They have an exceptional ability to draw others out of their shell.
Woo is an acronym for Winning Others Over. People who have high Woo are not afraid to start conversations with strangers. They typically have a large network of friends and acquaintances, as they thrive on getting to know as many people as possible. About 13% of individuals who have completed the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment have Woo as one of their top five strengths.
JerLene jokes about how instead of getting in trouble for talking too much in school, she now gets paid to do it at work. She says she will often go out of her way to greet people and make a connection, adding, “If I see you in my sight, I must greet you.”
She also has Individualization in her top five, which helps her make conversation decisions. Whether riding an elevator with someone or sharing a row in an airplane, JerLene uses her Individualization theme to determine if an individual would welcome a cheerful greeting, or if that person would rather be left alone. This combination of strengths is key to her making positive impressions on those around her.
To hear more about the Woo theme and how people like JerLene use it in their everyday lives, watch the full video above or the short theme video below.