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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Significance -- A Comfort in the Spotlight -- Theme Thursday Season 2

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 Significance.

People exceptionally talented in the Significance theme want to be very important in others’ eyes. They are independent and want to be recognized. Significance is not a common theme; thus it is often misunderstood. At one point, the Significance theme was called desire, desire to have a positive effect on people. The genius of people with strong Significance begins and ends with the difference that they are determined to make. They want the world to be a better place because they are in it.

Raw Significance is focused on independent impact. Mature Significance asks, what are “we” doing and how can I bring people along with me to feel the important mission or goal. Raw is intolerant, “I hate busy work”. Mature is insightful “I notice we’re being ineffective, so I’m going to work on what has more potential”. There is ego in Significance: a boldness, courage and awareness in how you’re being seen. It’s a comfort in the spotlight. Raw Significance wants any spotlight. Mature Significance has comfort in the right spotlight, finding the places where they are best and being sharp there, instead of wanting the spotlight in every situation.
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Kathy said...

Wonderful breakdown of Significance, Maika! In my experience as a Strengths Coach, Significance has been the hardest strength for some of my clients to "own". (I think it mostly has to do with the wording on the description.) I'm going to be sharing this post with those clients in the future; such a beautiful perspective on Significance!

Sam Oduselu said...

Are their any plans to reword the definition of significance? I think it is hard for those of us who have significance to own it because the definition itself seems self centered and sounds like the basement side. Thank you Maika for putting a positive spin to it, but that definition makes it hard to accept.

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