Strengths Finder: Part 2 of 7

24 Jan

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My first strength was Context.

People who are especially talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching it’s history.”

This did make quite a bit of sense to me. I can think of many examples of times when I looked with the history of an idea, event, or place to feel more at home with it.

The stand out example for me was the two years of Trigonometry I took in high school. The first year (my freshman year) I took a standard Trig class. I did not do as well as I had hoped. I think maybe I got a C – possibly a D, even – which was unheard of for me.

I decided to re-take the class my sophomore year. However, instead of taking the same class, I figured I had something of a foundation to build on, so I took the slightly advanced Trig Plus. This class I passed with solid Bs and As.

The difference was history. The Plus class took time with the theories, giving a little background on who came up with them and what thinking prior to the theory was in place that allowed the next step in mathematical progress.

Some items in the details of this strength that stood out as especially true for me are:

  • seeking out the company of historically minded people
  • participate in discussion groups that concentrate their attention on studying the past
  • some teachers or mentors who befriended you may have encouraged your interest in history
  • you master facts a bit more easily when the teacher or expert cares about you as a human being
  • “Those who can’t remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”
  • build your lessons around case studies
  • use your understanding of the past to help others map the future
  • context talents do not require you to live in the past
  • use fact-based comparisons to prior successes to paint a vivid picture for others of “what can be” in the future. The real-life illustrations you create can build confidence and emotional engagement
  • You recognize the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior
  • Read historical novels, non-fiction, or biographies
  • Compare historical antecedents and situations to your current challenge

One of the quotes from people with this trait was from someone attempting to implement a new system in a company and realizing the need to recognize the history of the current system and holding that as the group moved forward.

I definitely look to the past to understand the future or current events. This is especially true in politics, where an understanding of where parties and movements have come from can very clearly reveal the thinking of the current state of affairs.

I have not thought of applying this much professionally, but it is certainly something to ponder for the future.

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