Strengths Coaching Blog

Friday, March 6, 2015

[Recap] Theme Thursday: Input

On a recent Theme Thursday live webcast, we discussed the Input theme with Stephen Shields, Gallup Senior Learning and Development Consultant. Stephen’s top five strengths are Input, Maximizer, Individualization, Activator and Ideation.



People with strong Input talents bring tools that can facilitate growth and performance. They love to provide relevant and tangible help to others. Their resourcefulness and curiosity lead them to store knowledge that can be culled and shared.

Gallup Senior Learning and Development Consultant Curt Liesveld describes those with high Input as seeing the value in “stuff.” Whether it is something tangible, like a tool, or intangible, like information and resources, people with Input are likely to have a strong appreciation for it.

Out of more than 11 million people who have taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment, 20% have Input as one of their top five strengths -- the sixth-highest frequency of any strength. Curt says this might be because people with Input see the value of the assessment and want to use it as a resource to use in their everyday lives.

Stephen’s Input shines the most when he has the opportunity to absorb information. He says e-readers and audio books are some of his most appreciated possessions, because he can take his library of books anywhere he goes. This trait of constantly reading and soaking up knowledge is common for those with Input, and is a reason why the Intellection theme is its most commonly paired partner.

How do you use Input in your everyday life? Share your thoughts on the Called to Coach Facebook page.

To hear more about the Input theme and how people like Stephen use it in their everyday lives, watch the full video above or the short theme video below.


Pressed for time? We now have all of our Theme Thursday videos in short, easy-to-digest snippets in which Curt breaks down the nuances of each theme.

You can register for all upcoming Gallup Strengths Center webcasts at gallup.eventbrite.com.

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