A few years back I took the Strengthsfinder assessment. One of my top 5 strengths is ideation. Some people might consider this strength a weakness because of how they perceive ideation in action. Ideation is the ability to generate ideas and make connections between seemingly disparate phenomena. I like this strength. I like how I have a lot of ideas for anything I do, and I like how my brain craves to know more, find answers, and seek new solutions.
Still, though, problems emerge with this strength:
I sometimes chase one idea then another then another not knowing where to stop.
Others shake their head in bewilderment as to what my point is.
Ideas come at strange time
Sometimes at the last minute I decide to manufacture a product from an idea and do so before I can envision where I’m going.
Without a clear vision, my dots get jumbled and the mental picture created is unclear even for me.
Oftentimes I chase new ideas instead of just building off an old idea.
In the past, I would take those ideas and jump into the deep end. Lately, though, I’ve realized that easing into the water really is better for everyone.
Because I keep nodding off, I’m going to cut this post short. Perhaps I need to let these thoughts sit in the shallow end before wading deeper.Perhaps I need to rethink the ways I allow this strength to work for me.
Perhaps the time is now for the hamster to step off the wheel and let the ideas rest.
Yes…even my ideas need rest. If I write anymore, the dots will create a jumbled mess.
Yes, today I celebrate the beginning of 2016 by rebranding. While I’ve established my blog as Meandering Maya, I have decided that I need to streamline, and so now I
in an attempt to mold myself into what I’d like to become. To reach my proverbial market, I need to rebrand.
This means out with the old and in with the new.
I want to streamline my focus in all areas of life in 2016 as I reach to achieve new goals such as
Though meandering (ideation in top 5, Gallup Strengthsfinder) helps me make meaning and generate ideas, to others my thoughts seem disjointed; consequently, I’d like to learn to be more deliberate in what I say, write, and do.
And so, today I celebrate my rebranding by unveiling a change in my blog’s title as I strive to go
Tonight I’m thinking about how to begin processing and implementing what I have been learning about lately–my strengths.
Awhile ago my sister told me that all the employees in her district have been involved in a Gallup initiative called Strengthsfinder. When she shared with me, I began wondering how these strengths would apply to me and if I could lead and teach better if I knew my top 5. I found it fascinating that they were sharing and focusing on their top 5 strengths as a way to lead.
With this year being one of tweaking and growing and looking at how to build on my strengths as I overcome weaknesses, I began to wonder if I could garner any insight from knowing my top 5. I took a similar assessment online and shared my results with my sister who gave me a few comments on the results but maintaining the assessment I took was not quite the same as the Gallup Clifton Strengthsfinder survey she took..
A few weeks later I stumbled across a Gallup book by Tom Rath called Strengthsfinder 2.0, and I just had to know more, so I bought the book and took the assessment (the book comes with a one time use code). Ever since I found out my top 5 strengths, I have been learning more about them through reading the Gallup emails I’m sent and well as through researching online. I’ve also have been listening to Theme Thursday YouTube videos while I’m driving. What insight I’ve gained is that sometimes these raw talents/strengths need developing and channeling. I can build on these strengths of mine in many ways, and building on my top 5 strengths can make me a better teacher/leader/mom/wife. Also, I’ve learned that knowing how my top strengths interact and balance each other can be helpful as well because I have to learn how to use them effectively in relating to others. Also, I can better see why sometimes people just don’t understand me. My top 5 strengths are ideation, input, command, restorative, and activator. Today I want to look at my greatest strength and process it.
My greatest strength is IDEATION. Here are some words and phrases for this strength that stand out to me:
I find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
I engage life and tasks with gusto and creativity.
I innovate rather than take traditional tried-and-true ways.
I strive to appear confident, and this is an intentional undertaking for me (as much as I hate to admit it–this resonates with me).
I am driven by my talents–this is why I routinely innovate.
I am stimulated by the art of invention (this must be why I am always tweaking and changing resources shared with me).
I find unique ways to link 2 or more concepts.
I like to collect a variety of information.
I read a lot, and I am fed by the printed word.
Ideas for Action with Ideation Here are the ones for my focus right now:
Finish my thoughts before communicating them. Lacking my ideas others will not be able to “connect the dots” and complete the idea, so they may dismiss it entirely.
Find a sounding board as I seek the practicality in my ideas. Spend time with someone with analytical talents. This person will question and challenge me and help strengthen my ideas.
Know that sometimes people cannot follow me and my conceptual style. Make things more concrete with analogies, explanations, or steps.
Here is an article I found about teaching with Strengths (http://www.leeuniversity.edu/uploadedFiles/Content/cte/dwhite-teaching-with-strengths.pdf: Here is how the author explains the strength of ideation: “You bring new ideas to your curriculum and to your teaching. You are willing to try something new or engage in a discussion of a new possibility. You ask questions and invite brainstorming. In loving ideas, you model an openness to thinking broadly, considering multiple perspectives, and allowing new thoughts to be respected and given consideration.”
Here is what I read about how a person with strong ideation can be led/managed:
Position me where my ideas are valued and let me use my ability to design new things.
Feed me new ideas because I thrive on them. This will excite me, and I will use these to gain new insight and make new discoveries.
Encourage me to think of useful ideas/insights to share with others.
I enjoy the power of words. If you find a word combination that perfectly captures a concept, idea, or pattern, share it with me. It stimulates my thinking and my application.
Help me see how things fit together. Take to show me how decisions are related to theory/pedagogy.
When my innovation doesn’t fit into what we’re doing as a school, explain why and take time to answer my questions.