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An Introduction to the Futuristic® CliftonStrengths Theme

Looking to learn more about Futuristic? Whether you want to know more about how to use your Futuristic theme to succeed, or how to help someone harness theirs, you've come to the right place.

You'll find definitions and descriptions made popular in the international bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0, plus ideas for how to better understand and use this CliftonStrengths theme.

What Is the Definition of Futuristic?

Futuristic and the rest of the CliftonStrengths themes are comprised of natural talents that Gallup has identified through decades of research.

People exceptionally talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They energize others with their visions of the future.

People complete the CliftonStrengths assessment to learn which of the 34 themes, like Futuristic, are strongest in them.

The following theme description highlights the thoughts, feelings and behaviors you are likely to experience if you have strong Futuristic:

"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.

Futuristic is a theme in the Strategic Thinking domain of CliftonStrengths.

People with dominant Strategic Thinking themes like Futuristic absorb and analyze information that informs better decisions.

Each of the 34 CliftonStrengths sort to one of four domains -- Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building and Strategic Thinking. These domains help you understand how to use individual CliftonStrengths to succeed when you join, create or lead a team.

Learn more about the CliftonStrengths domains

How to Better Understand Your Futuristic Theme

Making the most of your Futuristic talents starts with gaining valuable insights into what you naturally do best.

How people with strong Futuristic talents describe themselves:

  • "I am fascinated with tomorrow."
  • "I need opportunities to talk about the future I see."
  • "I love the inspiration that comes from dreaming."
  • "I hate contentment with the status quo."
  • "I bring previews, predictions and forecasts."

How to Apply Your Futuristic to Succeed

The most successful people invest in their strongest talents. The only way to develop your Futuristic talents is to use them every day -- at work, at home and everywhere else.

The following are a few ideas for how to apply your Futuristic to achieve your goals:

Work With Futuristic: Be prepared to provide logical support for your futuristic thinking. Your exciting visions of future success will be best received when rooted in real possibility.

Lead With Futuristic: Surround yourself with people who are eager to put your vision into motion. They will feel exhilarated by your Futuristic talents, and you can harness their energy to propel the vision toward reality.

Live With Futuristic: 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.

Check out our in-depth webcasts from Gallup experts for more ideas on ways to use Futuristic to maximize your potential.


Managing Team Members With Strong Futuristic Talents

Discovering the collective talents of your team using the CliftonStrengths assessment is just the first step.

To successfully manage or lead others, you must individualize your approach. You must understand what makes each of your team members unique. And you must lead meaningful conversations about performance that focus on what each person naturally does best.

Gallup's research in the bestseller It's the Manager proves that this strengths-based approach to being a coach, not a boss, is essential to leading a high-performance team.

Read the following example of how you can help team members develop and apply strong Futuristic talents to succeed in their roles.

An Example of Managing Team Members With Futuristic:
  • Give them time to think, write about and plan for the products, services and processes needed in the future. Carve out opportunities for them to share their perspectives in team communications, meetings or industry conventions.

For more examples of how to use a strengths-based approach to guide your team to success, check out the CliftonStrengths Resource Guide for Managers.

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Use the CliftonStrengths Assessment to Discover More About Futuristic

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How Strong Are Your Futuristic Talents?

Purchase CliftonStrengths 34 to reveal your complete unique talent profile and learn just how strong your Futuristic talents are. You'll get personalized insights into your CliftonStrengths results and ideas for maximizing your potential.

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How to Work With Others With Strong Futuristic Talents

Gallup offers resources and products you can use to help others succeed by developing their Futuristic theme and all their CliftonStrengths.