A few years before moving to Japan, Becky and her husband attended a leadership conference where they learned about the Clifton StrengthsFinder and the strengths movement. At the conference, they discovered their strengths and Becky realized that understanding their strengths would help resolve her nightly kitchen conflict. When Becky and her husband would arrive home from work on weeknights, she would immediately begin working while he would sit on the couch. She would clean, make dinner, continue with work projects and prepare lunches for the following day. He would grab a glass of water, sit on the couch and discuss his day with her.
After returning to the U.S. from Japan, Becky began coaching others on strengths in one-on-one and group sessions. One of Becky's favorite exercises during group sessions is the "star stretch." She asks her clients to stand with their feet shoulder-width apart and to stretch their arms into the air. While they are in this position, Becky explains that the most successful people in the world do not pursue a well-rounded shape in their lives. Instead, they treat themselves like stars -- they focus on growing their points of strength, much like the points in a star. Becky explains to her clients that their bodies are stars with their hands, feet and head acting as the points. She asks each client to give her one more inch of stretch in all of the points of their star because "this is our goal today, to stretch your stars." Becky explained that each person can always give one more inch to using strengths in their day-to-day lives.
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Becky's top five strengths: Achiever | Arranger | Learner | Belief | Connectedness.