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Thursday, August 20, 2015

[Significance] Recognition for Substantial and Powerful Contributions

On a recent Theme Thursday live webcast, we discussed the Significance theme with  John Liesveld, a morning show host on KLIN Radio in Lincoln, Nebraska.  John's top five strengths are Competition, Activator, Connectedness, Positivity and Significance.

People with strong Significance talents want others to see their worth. They want to be recognized, heard and valued. Particularly, they want to be known and appreciated for the unique strengths they bring. They seek to have an impact on people, groups and society as a whole. They want their contributions viewed as substantial, powerful and significant. They are motivated by their intense yearning to be recognized, and as a result, they keep reaching. Their Significance theme pulls them upward, away from the mediocre and toward the exceptional.

People with significance are lead by a desire to leave a legacy. They want to be seen and noticed for meaningful work. They are attracted to evidence-based work. People with strong significance can be described as a champion, a change agent or an advocate.

For John, significance is thinking about how other perceive his actions, almost to the point of obsession. This pushes him to act in a way that impacts others. John sees his desire to be recognized by others as his fuel for doing good in the world. That is, the recognition he receives from others is not the end result of his efforts. Indeed, John thinks so much about how his actions are affecting others that it has made him a better radio host. He is always searching for material and stories that will please his audience.

John also loves to be on a big stage. For instance, when John's father and former Gallup Learning and Development Senior Consultant, Curt Liesveld, passed away, John knew immediately that he wanted to speak at his father's funeral. John knew this because his father's inspirational message was so important and John wanted to share that message with others. John found it energizing to speak at his father's funeral because he knew the end result -- inspiring others -- was so important.

To hear more about Significance and how John uses it in his everyday life, watch the full video above or the short theme video below.

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