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Theme Thursday is a Gallup Webcast series that dives deep into the Clifton StrengthsFinder Themes, one theme at a time. Gallup expert Curt Liesveld and a panel of guests discuss how each theme impacts them and manifests itself in life.
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Activator: How to Position Yourself for Powerful Starting - Theme Thursday Season 3
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“When can we start?” This is a recurring question in your life. You are impatient for action. You may concede that analysis has its uses or that debate and discussion can occasionally yield some valuable insights, but deep down you know that only action is real. Only action can make things happen. Only action leads to performance. Once a decision is made, you cannot not act. Others may worry that “there are still some things we don’t know,” but this doesn’t seem to slow you. If the decision has been made to go across town, you know that the fastest way to get there is to go stoplight to stoplight.
You are not going to sit around waiting until all the lights have turned green. Besides, in your view, action and thinking are not opposites. In fact, guided by your Activator theme, you believe that action is the best device for learning. You make a decision, you take action, you look at the result, and you learn. This learning informs your next action and your next. How can you grow if you have nothing to react to? Well, you believe you can’t.
You must put yourself out there. You must take the next step. It is the only way to keep your thinking fresh and informed. The bottom line is this: You know you will be judged not by what you say, not by what you think, but by what you get done. This does not frighten you. It pleases you.
Activator is going to kick off our Influencing themes. It is all about getting started. Activator is confidence with action. It is a whisper of continuous progress. In an individual it may look like you’re the first person off the starting line in a race. In a leader it may look like you’re the starting clerk. It is that leader’s job to get everybody to the starting line, and start the race off with a bang.
Leaders with Activator have proactive confidence in movement. You have the assuredness that as long as things are moving forward we can find stability, we can be safe and we can be sure. You can also demonstrate your belief in others by taking that belief and translating it into action by taking that first step. It is an internal sense of urgency, as well as an awareness of the cost of not going. Activators speak in the language of opportunities. You have a sense of pride and courage to be able to take the first step.
Ways to invest as a leader are by aligning your skills with the opportunities you see. What do you care about? What can you begin? Position yourself for powerful starting. “Let’s get goi