I recently became more aware of the Clifton Strength Finder, an online test that outlines a user’s strengths. The theory behind this concept is that every person possesses a number of key personality traits or talents, which are mostly formed by the age of seven. Ten of these talents (particularly the top 5), will remain consistent over years of taking the test, since they form the core of your personality.

At first I was a little skeptical about this. Could it really be true that some 30 odd talents guide every human being’s make-up? I was startled to discover the remarkable accuracy with which the test defined my top 5 talents. And FOCUS was right up there.

Now, I’ve always imagined myself to be goal-orientated and driven, (two talents I imagined I had). But I began to understand that the talent of focus is what sets my sights on those goals and can cause me to take laser-aim at one specific target and relentlessly filter anything which doesn’t contribute to reaching that outcome.

Over the past few weeks I’ve worked hard to remove any distractions from my working space, to help me narrow my focus to specific tasks I set myself. I’ve found that I get things done faster and with more accuracy – even stuff I don’t like doing, such as putting together quotes and sending invoices! The really good news is that it creates more time for me to do the important things that I have to get in place in order to build the company of tomorrow.

So here is the advice or tip of this week: begin to work towards understanding your own strengths and and talents. If at all possible, also encourage your core team to take the test. By understanding your own talents and those of your team, it is possible to achieve better flow and ultimately more efficient collaboration.

Look out for some pretty cool conversations coming up on www.tycoontribe.com with Magriet Mouton, Gallup Africa Programme Manager at Emmergence Growth.

– by Nico Steyn, 29 September, 2018


Elisabeth DelPadre Hasselbeck is a retired American television personality (Survivor: The Australian Outback) and talk show host (The View, Fox & Friends). She is living with celiac disease, and is the author of two books, The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide (2008) and Deliciously G-Free: Food So Flavorful They’ll Never Believe It’s Gluten-Free (2012). Elisabeth launched NoGii, her own line of gluten-free nutritional products for children and adults, in 2011.

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