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Monday, July 3, 2017

Mastery Monday: Understanding Connectedness

By Albert L. Winseman, D.Min



In the opening scene of “The Lion King,” the Shaman Rafiki holds up a newly born Simba in front of all the Pride Lands as “The Circle of Life” is sung in the background. This is the epitome of Connectedness: the circle of life, the web of creation, the invisible hand. Connectedness can sound like “there are no coincidences – everything happens for a reason.” Or it can sound like the “Butterfly Effect” – when a butterfly beats its wings in Brazil, it rains in Beijing. We are all part of one humanity, and what happens to one member affects us all.  Those high in Connectedness tend to see patterns and relationships where others only see chaos and confusion. While there may indeed be randomness in the world of those with strong Connectedness talents, there is no occurrence that is without meaning. The mystery of life is not confusing; rather, in a very profound way it is comforting.

In this installment of Compare and Contrast, I explore the similarities and differences of Connectedness with Belief, Harmony, and Futuristic. All of these themes have a lot in common with Connectedness, but it is important to note their differences.

Connectedness and Belief 

Connectedness and Belief tend to show up close together in one’s Theme Sequence. If an individual is strong in Connectedness, Belief is usually (but not always) close by – and vice versa.  People with high Belief need a cause to which to devote themselves; those with high Connectedness need to be part of something bigger than themselves. Those with strong Belief talents are motivated by values and mission; those with strong Connectedness talents are motivated by the value they place on the underlying unity of all reality.  Connectedness accepts mystery, while belief conveys certainty of truth. Belief will make sacrifices for things that are important; Connectedness will make sacrifices for the well-being of future generations.

Connectedness and Harmony

There is a spirit of unity that permeates both themes of Connectedness and Harmony, but is manifested in different ways. Connectedness sees unity in diversity – it is our uniqueness that binds us together. Harmony sees unity in points of agreement – we are more alike than we are different. Harmony wants to do what works best and is often seen as very practical, while Connectedness wants to experience the mystery of life and is often seen as very spiritual.  Harmony wants us all to get along; Connectedness wants us all to make the journey together. Harmony brings a peace-loving, conflict-resistant approach, and Connectedness brings an appreciation for the mystery and wonder of life. When the viewpoints of both Connectedness and Harmony are integrated, much can be accomplished.

Connectedness and Futuristic

Neither Connectedness nor Futuristic would be what I would consider “concrete” themes. Both themes reside in the realm of the unseen, the not yet, the “this isn’t all there is – or can be.” But while Futuristic is concerned with what is or may come, Connectedness can be very “in the moment.” Futuristic imagines or anticipates what can be; Connectedness is aware of the inherent, invisible unity that already exists.  Those high in Futuristic are fascinated with tomorrow and can vividly see what that tomorrow can look like. In contrast, those high in Connectedness might tend to be fascinated with both existing and future connections that can be seen or described, but only hinted at. Futuristic can see a better world coming; Connectedness can see a better world already exists.


Be sure to catch up on Season One and Season Two of Theme Thursday-Connectedness to learn more!

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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