Psychology, Technology

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

StrengthsFinder 2.0 Report

for Angela Baxley Glass

(Gallup 2011)

  • Futuristic: inspire others with their visions of the future…
  • Strategic: given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
  • Activator: can make things happen by turning thoughts into action—they are often impatient.
  • Maximizer: focuses on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence; seeks to transform strong into superb.
  • Individualization: intrigued with the unique qualities of each person; has a gift for how people who are different can work together productively.


People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.

By nature, you may intentionally take charge of your future. You might be determined to shape it as you wish. This partially explains why you set aside some time to ponder your goals. You may be impelled to create the experiences you desire. To some extent, you might agree with the notion “If you can think it, you can make it happen.” It’s very likely that you are energized by your plans for the coming months, years, or decades. Bringing your ideas to life is an exciting proposition for you. You sense you have the power to transform whatever you think is possible into tangible outcomes. Because of your strengths, you may perceive that you have an ability to create vivid word pictures to describe the future. You may inspire people with your images of what can be. Perhaps individuals appreciate your forward thinking. They might want or need to hear from you more often. Chances are good that you envision what you can accomplish tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, or in the coming decades. Your goals and aspirations motivate you to keep moving forward. The tension you feel when a deadline is fast approaching forces you to concentrate on the right activities, discard irrelevant information, and not waste time on intriguing distractions. Your one aim is to reach your objectives. Driven by your talents, you occasionally share your dreams about the coming months, years, or decades with people who appreciate your originality. Perhaps less imaginative individuals rely on you to tell them what is possible.


People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

Driven by your talents, you can design innovative plans. You probably raise issues and identify recurring obstacles as you generate tactical options. Problems and possible solutions become apparent to you. Once you outline action steps, you quickly execute them one by one. You refuse to waste time questioning your ideas after everything has been set into motion. Because of your strengths, you occasionally marvel at your ability to vividly express your thoughts and feelings. Chances are good that you sometimes trust your ability to be an innovative thinker. You might invent several ways to reach a particular goal. Perhaps your next step is to narrow down your options to the best one. Sometimes you take into consideration prevailing circumstances, available resources, budgetary constraints, or pressing deadlines. Instinctively, you can reconfigure factual information or data in ways that reveal trends, raise issues, identify opportunities, or offer solutions. You bring an added dimension to discussions. You make sense out of seemingly unrelated information. You are likely to generate multiple action plans before you choose the best one. By nature, you customarily pinpoint the core problems and identify the best solutions. You artfully and skillfully eliminate distractions. This helps people gain a clear understanding of what is happening and why it is happening. You frequently identify ways to transform an obstacle into an opportunity.


People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.

You excel at launching new projects, assignments, jobs, and other activities. Many times, you are the person who motivates people to begin tasks. You prefer difficult-to-reach goals. You prefer to take charge. You forge ahead rather than wait for someone in authority to give you permission to start. Because of your strengths, you might derive much satisfaction from initiating conversations with outsiders or newcomers. You routinely make a game of getting strangers to tell you about themselves and their interests. By nature, you might often acknowledge the importance of ideas that people share with you. Perhaps you give your attention to others to boost their selfconfidence. Instinctively, you sometimes influence people to produce results, sign up to work on projects, or rally around causes. When you take time to know them as individuals, people may be more willing to move into action at your prompting. Perhaps they realize you appreciate some of their talents, interests, or experiences. Chances are good that you sometimes pinpoint and acknowledge the grand ideas certain people share with you. Now and then, you ask a few questions. Maybe you listen to others talk about their unique interests, backgrounds, experiences, strengths, limitations, goals, or fears.


People who are especially talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

You can determine what distinguishes certain individuals from everyone else. Sometimes you use these insights to energize or inspire a person to do what needs to be done. Perhaps you honor the special, the wondrous, or the rare qualities of individuals. You might be able to position a few of them to attain even higher levels of excellence. By nature, you occasionally spend time pondering things you do with ease. Perhaps you concentrate on your good qualities. You may invest little time thinking about your flaws, shortcomings, or mistakes. Chances are good that you sometimes fully experience what others are feeling. Perhaps you easily see things from someone else’s perspective even when you do not share their opinion. Instinctively, you are likely to do your best work when someone truly recognizes your strengths. You want to be appreciated for the talents you own, the skills you possess, and the knowledge you have acquired. Because of your strengths, you now and then rely on your ability to help certain people find reasons to link up with one another. Perhaps areas of common ground or mutual understanding are discovered only when you are present.


People who are especially talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.

By nature, you sometimes grasp how one person’s talents, skills, or knowledge can fill another’s gaps. You might realize a group’s ability to solve problems lies in the diversity of its members. Maybe you like to study everyone’s backgrounds, talents, experiences, attitudes, ages, educational levels, or cultures. Perhaps then you feel prepared to set up the team to handle puzzling challenges. Because of your strengths, you help recruit people for taskforces and teams. You have a knack for matching each person to a specific task. You also create partnerships where one person’s abilities fill in another’s gaps. Your decisions tend to be based on each individual’s interests, background, knowledge, skills, and talents. Driven by your talents, you help individuals acquire knowledge and gain skills. You are a fine instructor, tutor, and/or trainer. Chances are good that you derive much joy from assisting people in need. Instinctively, you provide clarity that helps people know what is wrong and/or what is not working well.


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