I teach an online class at Fresno Pacific University on "Teach With Your Strengths!" (http://tinyurl.com/twysfresno) One of the assignments I give my students is the choice to represent their Top 5 in an art form. Here are two pieces I got in this week.
This one was done by an art teacher in Ohio. Her top 5 are Arranger, Maximizer, Adaptability, Positivity and Empathy. She used her talents in this way to create this art:
* Arranger- organizing her design and color scheme.
* Maximizer- creating art that inspires people to be creative instead of saying, "I could never do that." She also worked on creating art that was completely in straight lines, never repeating the exact same color.
* Adaptability- She created this art in many stages, constantly having to tape off and retape pieces to add more colors. These short term goals helped her to stay focused on the task.
* Positivity- the colors! They are vidid and the subject matter is abstract.
* Empathy- reflected when the viewer observes her painting. It gives voice to the creativity and does not overwhelm the viewer with techniques that they cannot emulate.
Here is another:
This was done by a science teacher in New Mexico. She weaved all of her themes through the image- each touching each other, becoming the fabric of her life!
How would YOU draw YOUR Top 5?
In my new series: "Heroes of Faith: A Look at Biblical Characters Through a Strengths Lens" we are studying the life of Joseph as Adaptability. This is a sneak peak at the next sketchnote!
Of all the themes, I have had more questions about Adaptability than all the others. Some don't think it sounds "strong." I have to disagree. I work with someone who has extremely low adaptability. When things go wrong (and they WILL go wrong), they do not know how to deal with change in a productive way. People with high Adaptability prefer to to with the flow. They are "now" people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time. People high in Adaptability LOVE change! They crave it! They work best in environments that are constantly changing and are spontaneous. This ability to adapt and change is strong because they can work in high pressure situations with a calm. This theme sits in the Relationship Domain, but could easily also fit in the Executing Domain. I believe Adaptability's power is that it can be responsive to an ever changing environment and remain calm, productive and present in the moment.
I live in California, and we have palm trees everywhere! As a matter of fact, about 10 palm trees line my driveway. I look at them every time I come and go from my house. They have a majesty to them. In high winds, they bend, but don't break. We have had many trees fall from the high Santa Ana winds that rush through California. But not one of our palm trees has. Their strengths comes from their ability to remain unfazed by the swirling winds.
Adaptability also makes me think of a river. Water rushes down the side of the mountain, bending and twisting along the way...unconcerned of obstacles. With every change, the water keeps flowing- able to take whatever the mountain has to offer it...because it has a job to do. It must get down the mountain. And no obstacle can detour it's path. It just calmly takes whatever is thrown at it, and continues to be productive.
What a strength! Every team should have someone with high Adaptability on it!