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Your Strengths

Decades of research has shown that when employees are given the opportunity to do what they do best every day, the effect on individual, team, and organizational performance is powerful. The problem is that most people aren’t able to accurately identify their own strengths and therefore can’t intentionally use them.

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Carol Anne McGuire

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It was a natural progression for me to think deeply about Gallup Strengths through the lens of my faith, and soon I recognized that the heroes of the Scriptures were operating in God-given Strengths!
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Get a little extra jolt of your Strength with a hot cup of Joe or contemplate resting in your Strength zone with a smooth cup of tea!
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Top 5 Strengths Illustrated Posters are suitable for framing in your office or home will remind you, your workmates, your clients just what you are good at!
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You know you are 'owning it' when you are wearing your Strengths! Check out the wearables that I have made to remind my clients of their Strengths.
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Competition: Jacob

Genesis 25:20-21

"Isaac was 40 years old when he took Rebekah as wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his plea 20 years later, and Rebekah has wife, conceived.” Finally Rebekah conceived. But now there was a problem with the pregnancy. Why can’t God make things easier? God said there was a competition going on in her womb. The younger [Jacob] would prevail over the older [Esau]. And so began a life of competition.
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Teach With Your Strengths- Competition

Competition in the classroom sometimes get a bad rap! But it doesn't need to!

People exceptionally talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests. People with strong Competition talents have the ability to stimulate themselves and others to a higher standard of performance. They can raise a group's achievement level by creating a culture of winning and an aspiration to be the best.

Words that describe this talent are: scorekeeping, comparing, winning, measuring, aspiring, driven, intense and selective.

These are the teachers who have a constant quest for victory. They love to win! This can be personally (winning teaching awards, contests, grants, etc.) or as a team (academic decathlon teams, sports teams, robotics competitions, etc.).

Competition brings an energy and excitement to a classroom. Teachers who learn how to leverage this talent know how to prepare their students for the "big win!" In order to do that, they do a lot of comparing...this can be against other classrooms, schools, or district wide.

"First runner up" is a hard pill to swallow for this theme...it's often felt as the "first loser."

Here's a tip: clarify to your class what "winning" looks like. That way, they will know it when they get there! And, don't forget to celebrate!

This theme is an influencing theme...that means it needs other people. Competition needs other people to compare itself to. (ex. I swim faster if there is someone next to me.)

* Create bulletin boards so that students can see when their character moves up the ladder. Create benchmarks for your students to celebrate the smaller wins!

* Cheer your students on when they compete.

* Enter your students in competitions and contests (photography, movie making, decathlons, debates, etc.)

And know that you don't have to compete against people! You can compete for issues! Compete to have the best student attendance records, student engagement, the most cans for the school can food drive, etc.

This is a great theme to spur your students on to be better people!


Competition

People who are especially talented in the Competition theme measure their progress agains the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests. 

Competition in a child looks like this: They see things in life as a game, and they feel great joy when they win. They truly hate to lose because they strive for first place. Every day is a competition- whether it is for grades, who is taller, or how far they can see.  If there is no one to compete against, they will compete with themselves, trying to "best" their own records. Because they hate to lose, they may get angry, upset, or even cry. 

As an adult, Competition looks very similar. They are aware of their competitors and they still strive to win. Second place is simply the "first loser."  When Competition is immature, they may be viewed as a sore loser. 

People with high Competition respond to: high performance, high productivity and high inspiration. 

It is most likely paired with Achiever, and least likely paired with Connectedness. 

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