- Gallup Theme Thursday Webcast Series
- Season 1, Achiever
- Learn how themes form the core of CliftonStrengths and how to understand and appreciate your own -- and others' -- strengths, as we focus on Achiever.
On a recent Theme Thursday Season 1 live webcast, we discussed the Achiever theme with Scot Caldwell, a Gallup Learning Design Consultant.
People with Achiever get things done. Of all 34 talent themes, Achiever shows up in 35% of the population that has taken the CliftonStrengths assessment. People who possess Achiever are notable for their hard work, stamina and energy. It is a Theme of intense "doing."
Scot's personal brand at Gallup is defined by his Achiever theme. He is known for being a dedicated, hard worker, and he is proud of that reputation. He often works nights and weekends to accomplish his work. Scot has an intense internal drive to take on a lot of projects and get them done -- and done well.
Scot has Maximizer as his No. 1 theme and Achiever as his second theme. As a result, there can sometimes be tension between them. Scot says, "Achiever wants to get things done, and Maximizer wants to get things done right." Despite this, he is grateful for the tension these two themes create. Maximizer forces him to say "no" to projects he would otherwise have no time to complete with the quality they require.
Because of his Achiever, Scot has high expectations of himself and others. He sometimes pushes his team members outside of their comfort zones, but he has to keep in mind that not everyone works during the weekends. He manages his expectations of his team members by relying on his Individualization theme. He customizes his expectations so they meet each team members' strengths and capacity for new projects. Scot's Achiever also helps him celebrate his team's accomplishments. He loves to put "recognition for others" on his to-do list because checking it off satisfies the Achiever in him and it provides recognition for his team.
To learn more about Achiever and how Scot uses it in his everyday life, watch the full video or listen to the audio above.
Scot Caldwell's Top 5 CliftonStrengths are Maximizer, Achiever, Strategic, Self-Assurance and Focus.