Strengths: Ideas Over Pragmatics

There are people who lean towards ideas and others who are grounded in pragmatics.  This is known as the Cognitive scale in our strengths testing.  You are somewhere on this scale and your scoring shows up in your tendencies.

Planning may be more enjoyable than visioning.  Principles may be more appealing for conversation than how your day went.  Your preferences come from how you think and influence the world around you.

Your tendencies are your strength.  The speed and ease by which you are able to think of a new idea or come up with a procedure is based on how your brain is wired.  It is cause for celebration and caution. There are instances where you shine.  Living in that space allows for opportunity and prosperity.

There are also instances where you can falter.  You might be slower, less enthused and drained of energy.  You are playing in your weaknesses rather than your strengths.

Mastering the area of your natural gifting and living in that space is key for success.  I have observed so many people who play outside their strengths in the work they do or pursue.  It is unfulfilling and frustrating.

For you, it is important to know who you are.  If you like to see the big picture, then living in that space should be around strategy and vision.  Put yourself in a position to engage problems on a daily basis around conceptual issues and questions.

If you are more pragmatic, then concrete work is more satisfying.  Accounting, IT work or secretarial work may be more of what you find enjoyable.  Put yourself in roles which fufill your need for clear definition and deliverables.

We are most successful when we work in our strengths and love our work.

What do you tend towards in your thinking?  Feel free to comment below.

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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