How Small Choices can lead to Big Changes with Tom Rath


Improve your health and every other area of your life with one of our most-popular podcast guests. Best-selling author Tom Rath joins EntreLeadership Speaker Christy Wright to discuss how small choices lead to big changes that can lead to a long and meaningful life.

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Something that I’ve thought is interesting is how to use StrengthsFinder in conjunction with other people to build a great team.  A few years ago a read Strengthsbased Leadership and thought that was pretty interesting.  As with my last post, it is really so much better reading this post once you have dived into StrengthsFinder for yourself.

If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?

Below you will find the suggested partnerships among strengths as listed in Strengthsfinder 2.0
Some strengths have no obvious partnerships.  Some how this plus Simon Sinek’s Golden Circles concepts can probably come together for someone much smarter than myself, but check out these blends and feel free to share what you think and what you’ve experienced in using StrengthsFinder for both yourself and your teams.


Achiever= NONE (recommendation: work with other hard-working people)
Activator= Focus, Strategic, Futuristic, Analytical
Adaptability= Focus, Strategic, Belief
Analytical= Activator
Belief= Futuristic
Command= Woo, Empathy (Circumvent problems)
Communication= NONE LISTED
Competition= NONE LISTED
Connectedness= Communication (helps with real-world examples)
Consistency= Maximizer, Individualization (accomodate differences)
Context= Futuristic, Strategic
Deliberative= Command, Self-Assurance, Activator
Developer= Individualization (Identify talents to develop)
Discipline= NONE LISTED
Empathy= Command, Activator (take action)
Futuristic= Activator (Take action on plans)
Harmony= Command, Activator (confrontation)
Ideation= Analytical (Question and challenge to strengthen ideas)
Includer= Activator, Command (Deliver tough news)
Individualization= NONE LISTED
Input= Focus, Discipline
Intellection= NONE LISTED
Maximizer= Restorative (solve problems)
Positivity= NONE LISTED
Responsiblity= Discipline, Focus (stay on track and help avoid overload)
Restorative= NONE LISTED
Self-Assurance= Strategic, Deliberative, Futuristic
Significance= NONE LISTED
Strategic= Activator (action)
Woo= Relator, Empathy


A tool that I have absolutely loved is the StrengthsFinder 2.0 system.  There are 34 different themes that they have boiled down people’s strengths into.  They come back with your top 5 to pay attention to.

In a nutshell, a strength may not be the thing that you are  most skilled in, but will likely be the things that give you the most fulfillment in using.  I’ve tried using this with myself and many others now and as skeptical as people are of the results sometimes, they tend to be surprised when they try paying attention to those strengths and using them.

Curious?  Check out the StrengthsFinder 2.0 book.  Just google it and get a new one because you need a unique code to take the test, so no used books for this purchase.

Here’s a sample of results.  These are my personal results just so you can check them out.  I’m going to write up another post talking about some of my experiences in using this and working with others, but for now:

How many of you have used this before?
What do you think of the results?
What have you thought with applying them?

And now onto my results for your perusing pleasure:

The Signature Themes report below displays my five most dominant themes of talent, as indicated by my responses to Clifton StrengthsFinder, The Gallup Organization’s Web-based talent assessment tool.


Ideation: People strong in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.

Activator: People strong in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.

Woo: People strong in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.

Communication: People strong in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.

Input: People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.


Interesting video. Dan Pink is a real thought leader. Goes to show that feeling engaged and having purpose is more powerful than just thinking about incentive.


Jamie Dimon(CEO of JP Morgan Chase) wrote an incredible article about what a good leader looks like. It’s an article that does a good job at being a measuring stick for leadership quality and what to keep on the todo list of self development as a leader.

Great article. Check it out:



It feels great to be fully paid off now. Even a little extra every month makes a difference. I encourage you to do it.


I’m on an education kick. Here’s another TED video about education. Children were built to learn and absorb. I think it is really powerful what he talks about regarding how kids love teaching things to each other and working in groups. He also talks about the power of retention when kids discuss things together. The concepts that I thought were fascinating were the granny method and the SOUL pods that he made that let you communicate between pods and with the “Granny Cloud”.

If you can’t see the video, then check it out here:



I watched this the other night and thought to myself while watching it, ok, ok, keep rubbing it in about the awesome experiences you had in your training growing up. I loved the graphic of traits to teach kids that was on the chalkboard.

If you can’t see the video, then check it out here:


As an adult, you might also want to check out his book on being an entrepreneur.


Leadership Quote Monday: Henry Cloud

13 Jun 2011 In: Leadership, Quotes

I always try to go hard on the issue and soft on the person. ~ Henry Cloud

This is so true. I think as a leader it is critical to give people an opportunity to grow and change, feel corrected but valued, but not be negligent with what is happening if something really is an issue that needs to be addressed. Easier said than done but this quote really resonated with me.


I’ve featured other videos of Sir Ken Robinson, but I love the style of RSA videos. This covers things that are covered from the two previous videos, but is definitely a great video and it’s neat how much the animations and doodles add to the experience. Main points I took from it were, education is broken because it is built off of broken concepts of 2 groups of people, the smart and the not smart. He points out that creativity and “divergent thinking” is very high when kids are young, but as they “get educated” their powers of creativity and divergent thinking tend to actually dramatically go down because of how we are structuring our education today. Also he says some comical but thought provoking things about ADHD and putting things in perspective of the world we live in today. Check it out.


About this blog

I am constantly trying to learn more and work smarter. The idea here is to share what I find along the way. Maybe you'll find some things here that will help you too. The main areas of my curiosity are technology, leadership, business and working with children. I hope you like what you find.


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