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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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Joseph as Responsibility®

Responsibility® does not make the front page of a newspaper but it is the stability this world needs.

Responsibility® does not need applause or pats on the back to be of service.

Responsibility® finishes what it starts.

Responsibility® offers no excuses and does not spend time looking for someone to blame.

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Joseph - Responsibility

Responsibility- People exceptionally talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.

When I think of a Biblical hero who has high Responsibility, I have to think of Joseph first. He is first mentioned in Matthew 1:18-25 where he is referred to as a righteous man.

When God the Father intended to prepare His Son for earthly ministry, he gave that responsibility to a Godly man who was honest, loyal and responsive to the call of God on his life. This man was Joseph!

As a profession, Joseph was a humble carpenter. He most likely built homes, manufactured household furniture and constructed farming tools. He was most likely 25 years of age, if he followed the hard-working class of his Jewish colleagues of the day. He was a righteous man living in a corrupt culture.

Marriages in those days were usually negotiated and agreed upon by the parents. A legal contract was likely worked out between Mary and Joseph's parents and once the contract was signed, the couple was officially betrothed to one another.

Of course, on him hearing of Mary being pregnant made him worried about what would become of her. The baby was not his. He knew this. And because of his love for Mary, he decided to divorce her in a quiet way- as to not bring shame on Mary. He wanted to act with fairness and love.

But an Angel of the Lord came to Joseph and confirmed Mary's story and convinced Joseph that Mary had not been unfaithful. Joseph was a moral and Godly man and he demonstrated his responsibility when, despite personal embarrassment, he believed God and married the pregnant girl who was not carrying his baby.

In saying, "Yes" to God, he would have to protect Mary and Jesus in the birthing process, and from Herod's wrath. He took his family to Egypt where God provided for his family. Again an Angel appears to Joseph when it was time to leave Egypt and go to Israel.

The Gospels do not talk about Joseph much after Jesus was 12 years old. But we do find Joseph to be a good husband and a father, caregiver, honest, obedient, faithful, wise and responsible.

The next time you look at the Nativity scene and see Joseph standing in the background, think of the Responsibility, courage and ruggedness of this man.



Esther - Responsibility

I had trouble with this theme. I just couldn't find the perfect fit for Queen Esther. I thought about other themes, tried them on her, looked them over, but none was right. Until Responsibility. It seemed to fit her like a glove. In all the definitions I read, her story just kept bleeding through.

Responsibility: People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.

I am someone others often trust to get things done.

I will keep promises and follow though on commitments.

I bring dependability and loyalty.

I need freedom to take ownership.

Esther was a Jew in a foreign land. She was an orphan and raised by her cousin, Mordecai. Esther was very, VERY beautiful. And she was honest, and humble, and gentle. She obeyed her cousin, and he raised her like she was his own daughter. They had a good relationship that carried on through her adulthood.

Through a beauty pageant that the King put on, Esther was chosen to be Queen. She was loved and respected by all who were near her.

When Mordecai heard of a plot to kill the Jews, he told Esther. It was at this moment that her entire race of people trusted her to get things done...save them! Although Esther was worried about approaching the king (she could have been put to death by not being summoned), she kept her promise to Mordecai and followed through on her commitment with these famous words, "If I perish, I perish."

She took ownership of this and through her, the Jewish people were saved.

But we can't look at Esther without looking toward Jesus as the ULTIMATE in Responsibility when He said similar words to His Father: "Not My Will, but Yours be done." Jesus was saying, "Father, if there's another way, all things being equal, I'm terrified...but if this is what you want- this is what I'll do."

Then He submitted to the sovereignty of God, and laid down His life so we could live. It was the greatest sacrifice in the history of the world.

Responsibility

My youngest daughter has Responsibility as her #1. This theme is apparent in her, as she takes psychological ownership for everything the commits to. If she says she will do it, she will...because she told you so. Her word is gold. 

This theme is highly ethical, utterly dependable and fiercely loyal. If Responsibility is one of your dominant themes, you are someone others often trust to get things done. You try your best to keep promises and follow through on commitments. 

In comparison, I have Achiever #1. If you took a snapshot of my home on a given day, you may see the lights on at a late hour. Achiever keeps me up late because I put it on my list. And I want to check it off...so I will burn the midnight oil to have it off my list.  Responsibility will work late because you told someone you would finish a project. If you didn't know, you couldn't tell why we would be up late. But knowing our themes of talent, you can clearly see WHY! 

In a child, Responsibility show itself in how it cares for family pets, and the strong need to do things right. (When Katy was little, if she couldn't do it right, she didn't want to do it at all.) Responsibility in a child will also manifest itself in their inability to say, "No" to extra requests from friends, teachers, etc. Their plates, therefore, get full fast. Help them understand that every time you say "Yes" to something, that will mean them saying "No" to something else. Help them to prioritize their "Yeses"!  

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