Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Second Strength of President Conn

Just in time for the Christmas season, here's an insight into the top five strengths of Lee's president, Dr. Paul Conn.

Incoming freshman take the StrengthsQuest test upon starting Gateway classes and faculty place cards on their own desks detailing their signature strengths, but little is known about the strengths of Dr. Conn.

So, in a five-part series (why not?), we're revealing the president's strengths, from number five to number one.

President Conn's #5 top strength was Strategic.
President Conn's #4 top strength was Significance.
President Conn's #3 top strength was Ideation.

Without any further ado, Dr. Conn's #2 top strength is... Futurisitc.

According to StrengthsFinder:

To begin affirming Futuristic as one of your dominant areas of talent, first take another look at the description of that theme: “Wouldn’t it be great if . . .” You are the kind of person who loves to peer over the horizon. The future fascinates you. As if it were projected on the wall, you see in detail what the future might hold, and this detailed
picture keeps pulling you forward, into tomorrow. While the exact content of the picture will depend on your other strengths and interests — a better product, a better team, a better life, or a better world — it will always be inspirational to you.

You are a dreamer who sees visions of what could be and who cherishes those visions. When the present proves too frustrating and the people around you too pragmatic, you conjure up your visions of the future and they energize you. They can energize others, too. In fact, very often people look to you to describe your visions of the future. They want a picture that can raise their sights and thereby their spirits. You can paint it for them. Practice. Choose your words carefully. Make the picture as vivid as possible. People will want to latch on to the hope you bring.

Now, consider this statement based on comments from individuals who possess Futuristic among their Signature Themes. It represents what Futuristic could “sound like.”

“I’m majoring in engineering because I intend to become a city planner. I know that five years from now our city will be experiencing tremendous growth, and I already have ideas about how accommodate that growth while improving the quality of life.”

For further understanding of your talents, examine these five insights and select those that describe you best.
• You are fascinated by the future, and you usually see the future positively.
• You can see in detail what the future might hold.
• You can energize yourself and others by your vision of what could be. You can clearly see possibilities.
• Others may dismiss you as a dreamer. You may become frustrated by present circumstances and discouraged by highly pragmatic people who can’t or won’t see the possibilities in the future that are so clear to you.
• Futuristic talents are valuable because your vision raises others’ sights and focuses their energies.

Your Futuristic talents hold potential for strength, which is the key to excellence. These statements provide interesting insights and tips that can help you develop your talents into strengths.
• Choose roles in which you can contribute your ideas about the future. For example, you might excel in entrepreneurial or start-up situations.
• Take time to think about the future. The more time you spend considering your ideas about the future, the more vivid your ideas will become. The more vivid your ideas, the more persuasive you will be.
• Seek audiences that appreciate your ideas for the future. They will expect you to make these ideas a reality, and these expectations will motivate you.
• Motivate your friends with goals that can be achieved in the future. For example, include some futuristic ideas in each of your group meetings, or write down your vision for the future and share it with your friends.
• Find a friend or colleague who possesses this theme. Set aside an hour a month for “future” discussions. Together, you can push each other to greater heights of creativity and vividness.
• Keep pictures, books, mental notes, or other reminders of what you are working toward.
• Visualize your future. Think about what you can do now to make that future better.
• Share your visions to evoke images of the future in the minds of peers.

Check back tomorrow to see Dr. Conn's number one strength.

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