Gallup's Theme Thursday
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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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Focus: Beneficial Tunnel Vision - Theme Thursday Season 3
5 days ago
“Where am I headed?” you ask yourself. You ask this question every day. Guided by this theme of Focus, you need a clear destination. Lacking one, your life and your work can quickly become frustrating. And so each year, each month and even each week, you set goals. These goals then serve as your compass, helping you determine priorities and make the necessary corrections to get back on course. Your Focus is powerful because it forces you to filter; you instinctively evaluate whether or not a particular action will help you move toward your goal. Those that don’t are ignored. In the end, then, your Focus forces you to be efficient. Naturally, the flip side of this is that it causes you to become impatient with delays, obstacles and even tangents, no matter how intriguing they appear to be. This makes you an extremely valuable team member. When others start to wander down other avenues, you bring them back to the main road. Your Focus reminds everyone that if something is not helping you move toward your destination, then it is not important. And if it is not important, then it is not worth your time. You keep everyone on point.
Focus in an executing theme that is all about staying the course until the goal is accomplished. It is about staying on the path. Focus exudes an intensity and intentionality towards a goal. Focus is beneficial tunnel vision. You have the ability to lock on to a goal and execute until it is finished. Focus is the natural tendency to understand that there’s a purpose to what you’re executing. That purpose needs to be obvious sometimes, and leaders with Focus can enhance that obviousness. You are making sure that the check boxes are being ticked off to add up to something bigger, more practical and more black and white. You instinctively evaluate a particular action that will help move you towards your goal. Focus is the ability to only see what’s in front of you, and not lose sight with other things around you. It is the innate ability to filter.
Focus allows you as an individual contributor to intensely work towards a goal. As a leader the benefit of that can be the ability not only to execute, but to set priorities for that goal. It is taking that passion that you have towards a goal, and translating it into a passion for what your organization needs to accomplish. Focus has a lot of emotion in it. That emotion can translate into intensity and passion towards what your team or division is excited about. Focus is leadi