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Activator: Learning to Love All 34 Talent Themes

Activator: Learning to Love All 34 Talent Themes

Webcast Details

  • Gallup Theme Thursday Webcast Series
  • Season 1, Activator
  • Learn how themes form the core of CliftonStrengths and how to understand and appreciate your own -- and others' -- strengths, as we focus on Activator.

On March 13, we held the first ever Theme Thursday (Season 1). With this series, we hope to provide a deeper context behind the language of strengths by talking in-depth about each of the 34 CliftonStrengths themes.

We focused on Activator for the first theme. We brought in Gallup's Curt Liesveld and special guest Tyler McCarty of Napkin -- a startup that helps companies tell the story of their brand, idea, or business through simple animated videos. Naturally, Tyler leads with Activator.

Gallup defines an Activator as someone who can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. These people also tend to be impatient with an internal sense of urgency. Curt calls it the "hate to wait" theme. He further explains that Activators are opportunists. They don't like to miss out on an opportunity, so they take action before it's too late. Many Activators live their lives by these phrases:

  • Strike while the iron is hot.
  • The early bird gets the worm.
  • Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

Raw Activator vs. Mature Activator

There is a difference between raw and mature forms of Activator. Tyler talks about one of his first jobs out of college -- he noticed gaps in the company where things weren't getting done. His Activator quickly kicked in, and instead of waiting for someone else to do something, he jumped in and took over -- even when it was outside his job responsibilities. He shared that he frequently got his hand slapped for executing beyond his role. This was a form of him using Activator in a raw sense.

Tyler's Activator matured when he knew the career path he wanted to follow -- he became an entrepreneur. This new journey made him aware that, instead of activating on impulse, he needed to draw from his other strengths and the strengths of those around him.

To learn more about the Activator theme and how people like Tyler use it in their everyday lives, watch the full video above.

Tyler McCarty's Top 5 CliftonStrengths are Activator, Adaptability, Maximizer, Communication and Futuristic.

Learn more about using CliftonStrengths to help yourself and others succeed:

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