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Of the over 12 million people who have taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder worldwide, 11% have Deliberative among their top five Signature Themes of talent. This makes it one of the rarer Signature Themes, and as such can often be misunderstood or mistaken for other themes. In this installment of Compare and Contrast, I look at the similarities and differences between Deliberative and Analytical, Context, and Responsibility. All four of these themes tend to be serious (depending on the other themes that surround them) – but what drives the serious nature of each of these themes is different and unique to each theme.
Deliberative and Analytical Deliberative naturally and instinctively sees everything that could possibly go wrong, and then pursues the safest route to ensure mistakes are not made. Analytical examines the data, and asks questions in order to determine if there is something that could go wrong, but doesn’t necessarily need to take action. Deliberative is cautious, Analytical is probing. Deliberative can intuit why we shouldn’t; Analytical wants to find out why we should. Analytical is skeptical until given proof; Deliberative discovers and displays proof that everyone else misses. Deliberative is a way of cautiously moving through obstacles; Analytical is a way of thoroughly considering evidence. Deliberative and Context Deliberative is cautious about the future, Context is reflective about the past. Context wants to know how we got here, Deliberative wants to find the safest way forward. Context wants to know about the mistakes and successes of the past, Deliberative wants to determine the mistakes to be avoided in order to be successful in the future. Deliberative is the brake that is essential for safe driving; Context is the rearview mirror that is essential for safe driving. Deliberative is a way of taking the most appropriate and safest course of action; Context is a way of sifting through past evidence to learn what worked and what didn’t. Deliberative and Responsibility Deliberative is serious about avoiding mistakes, Responsibility is serious about keeping commitments. Deliberative wants to do things right, Responsibility wants to do right by others. Deliberative slows things down to ensure the right path – with the least amount of risk – is taken. Responsibility forges ahead to meet the deadline – when a commitment is at stake. Deliberative is trusted because it can be relied upon to consistently see potential obstacles and mitigate risk; Responsibility is trusted because it can be relied upon to consistently keep its commitments no matter the cost. Deliberative takes action once a safe way forward is determined; Responsibility takes action once a commitment is made.
Thank you for reading a special Wednesday edition of Mastery Monday! Theme Thursday will be back Thursday March 2nd with Deliberative.
Albert L. Winseman, D.Min., is a Senior Learning and Development Consultant at Gallup. Al brings deep expertise in employee and customer engagement, executive leadership and organizational dynamics to his consulting work with Gallup’s clients. He consults with senior leaders, executives and front-line managers to improve employee and customer engagement and to implement strategic initiatives that drive business growth. Al's top 5 strengths are: Ideation | Futuristic | Maximizer | Strategic | Command.
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