On this episode of Builder Talent Tuesday Season One, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Senior Workplace Consultant, discuss the Knowledge talent with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Maureen Monte.
People who are especially talented in the Knowledge talent understand that information is a valuable asset. They have a deep desire to acquire knowledge about all aspects of their business. They search for new information to solve problems and succeed in complex business environments.
People with Knowledge “do the leg work”. They have a constant craving to know more and a courage to ask and stay open minded. People with Knowledge are curious and usually obtain a competitive advantage in the market by staying on top of trends.
Tell us about what Knowledge looks like in your world?
Maureen’s value proposition is built around her Knowledge. She has a deep understanding of CliftonStrengths and BP10 and she also has a commitment to understanding teams. In order to understand how team’s work, she got her master’s degree in leadership and business. She wanted the deep subject matter expertise around team’s before she started working with them. This led to her book, Destination Unstoppable.
Have you had the Knowledge talent since day 1? Did you recognize it before you took the BP10 assessment?
Yes, Maureen has always used her Knowledge to help people. If she can give other people a deeper understanding of something, that’s where her heart has always been. She uses her Knowledge to overcome her low Profitability and Selling talents.
How do you use Knowledge to overcome your lower Selling talents?
Maureen engages and connects with people through conversation. She helps them understand the value of what she has to offer with her knowledge of what she wants them to buy into.
How is your BP10 Knowledge talent different from your CliftonStrengths Learner talent?
Learner is one of Maureen’s top 5 CliftonStrengths. She likes learning for learning sake – but the Knowledge talent in the BP10 is different to her. The Knowledge talent is about useful information put into action. Her Learner is used for learning’s sake and not as much for action.
She uses both BP10 and Cliftonstrenghs when she consults with people, but she always uses the CliftonStrengths first. CliftonStrengths help you know what talents you have to use. BP10 helps you know what you are going to do with your talents to build a business.
How do you invest in your Knowledge?Maureen’s invests in Knowledge by being around people who are committed to being subject matter experts themselves. She also enjoys studying and going to school and is considering going back to school for another degree.
What are the best types of partners for Knowledge?
Find someone who knows something very well, that you could not begin to know about. And then, combine your expertise and CliftonStrengths and there you can find innovation, things no one has done before.
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Maureen's Top 5 CliftonStrengths are: Ideation, Strategic, Learner, Achiever and Individualization.