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Friday, April 29, 2016

[Context S2] Using the Past to Frame the Present

On this Theme Thursday Season Two webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Gallup Advanced Learning and Development Consultant discussed the theme of Context.




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People talented in the context theme can weave together a beautiful tapestry with their history and foundational knowledge -- and not many people can see what they see. Context is not high in the strengths database; it is a rare strength.

The motivation behind context is to feed the brain. People with high context want to know more so they have a better understanding -- so they can frame situations and provide reference for everything. Context exists in the world of thoughtfulness; it is a strategic thinking theme. It brings depth to conversation. It can look creative, although it is not about creativity; it’s about facts, knowing where things came from and making connections, not about fictionalizing. 


Raw context lives in the past, mature is learning from the past. Raw says “nothing is ever new”, it can be impatient with change and newness. The mature side is being informative, rather than being impatient -- helping people to see your framework and understanding from the past.

To hear more about Context, watch the full video or listen to the audio above. To learn more about Context, watch the video below.




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