Friday, December 5, 2008

The Third 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.

Without any further ado, Dr. Conn's #3 top strength is... Ideation.

According to StrengthsFinder:

To begin affirming Ideation as one of your dominant areas of talent, first take another look at the description of that theme: You are fascinated by ideas. What is an idea? An idea is a concept, the best explanation of the most events. You are delighted when you discover beneath the complex surface an elegantly simple concept to explain why things are the way they are. An idea is a connection. Yours is the kind of mind that is always looking for connections, and so you are intrigued when seemingly disparate phenomena can be linked by an obscure connection.

An idea is a new perspective on familiar challenges. You revel in taking the world we all know and turning it around so we can view it from a strange but strangely enlightening angle. You love all these ideas because they are profound, because they are novel, because they are clarifying, because they are contrary, because they are bizarre. For all these reasons you derive a jolt of energy whenever a new idea occurs to you.

Others may label you creative or original or conceptual or even smart. Perhaps you are all of these. Who can be sure? What you are sure of is that ideas are thrilling. And on most days this is enough. Now, consider this statement based on comments from individuals who possess Ideation among their Signature Themes. It represents what Ideation could “sound like.”

“I proposed my own assignment to my professor in lieu of the one she gave us. Instead of writing a research paper on the Irish potato famine, I asked permission to write a one-act play about it.”

For further understanding of your talents, examine these five insights and select those that describe you best.
• You are a creative person, and you appreciate originality.
• You like free-thinking experiences such as brainstorming and discussion groups.
• You love new ideas and concepts.
• At times, it may seem like you get lost in the world of ideas, and others may think you are a little “spacey.”
• Ideation talents are valuable because they enable you to look for new connections and generate new insights when things don’t make sense. You are able to help others take the world they know and turn it around so that they can see it from a new point of view.

Your Ideation 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.
• Find work in which you will be given credit for your ideas, such as marketing, advertising, journalism, design, or new product development.
• You get bored quickly, so make small changes in your school, work, or home life to keep yourself stimulated and focused. Challenge yourself with mental games or small goals related to the task at hand.
• Seek brainstorming sessions. With your abundance of ideas, you will make these sessions more exciting and more productive.
• Discuss your ideas with other people. Their responses will help you keep refining your ideas.
• When an idea comes to you, write it down and list the actions you can take to make it happen.
• Create ways to get the “impossible” done. Come up with creative solutions to problems.
• Value your ideas. Because they come to you so easily, you might not recognize how valuable they could be to others.
• Make time to think. Ideas energize you.

Keep watching over the next three days to find out all five of Dr. Conn's top strengths.

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