I Start Again

If you knew my talent themes very well, you could probably easily explain why I have had such a difficult time keeping this blog going. My top 5 themes are:

  • Intellection – a Strategic Thinking domain-based theme
  • Responsibility – an Executing domain-based theme
  • Connectedness – a Relationship Building domain-based theme
  • Learner – a Strategic Thinking domain-based theme
  • Input – a Strategic Thinking domain-based theme

I look at those themes and realize that my natural, go-to behaviors are not Influencing. They’re not even relationship building, really. My Connectedness theme shows up in my life more through connecting ideas, information, things, and even people in networks. It does not show up in my life to strongly support the creation & development of connections with people.  So, writing this blog has not been a high priority for me in the past, as evidenced by the very sporadic entries.

Well, I’m going to call on my Responsibility theme to obligate myself to be more diligent at writing. I’d like to share my experiences with CliftonStrengths, how my own talent themes show up in my life, how the talent themes of others show up in their lives, and how my journey working with them through coaching and other interactions is having an impact on both them and me.

So, please know that this is not really an apology for not writing more in the past. It is a public declaration of doing more writing in the future. Here goes . . .

Explaining Positive Psychology

The shoulder continues to be a problem, but I didn’t expect miraculous results since just two weeks ago. To keep that part of this blog post brief, I’ll simply share that I’m building up scar tissue faster than physical therapy is able to overcome it. it’s going to be a long, long road ahead.

But, to get back to a focus on strengths I was going to write up something to explain what the “positive psychology movement” is all about. I thought you might enjoy reading a little bit about how Don Clifton approached his research and how it was different than most psychological research. Then, I read an incredible article that explained it better than I ever could. So, at the risk of losing my readership, I’m going to point you to an outside article, again.

Check out this wonderfully written explanation of positive psychology by Tim Simon, a Learning and Development Consultant at Gallup:

The Little Lights are Not Twinkling

The Road Back

Well, this is certainly taking longer than I thought it would. I had read how recovery from rotator cuff surgery will take some time, but I think something is different about my journey. Of course, every person is unique and each person will follow a different healing path. Somehow, though, this isn’t exactly how I thought it would turn out.

I’m still struggling to get my arm moving. My physical therapist tells me that most patients are seeing a pretty decent range of motion in the repaired arm in about 3 months, or so. Well, as you’ll note by the date on this blog post, it’s been right at that and I’m here reporting that such is not my experience!

My pain levels are substantially higher, for a longer period of time, than most patients. My range of motion is significantly limited right from the average patient’s progress, and I must admit that discouragement sets in quite easily at times. It’s quite difficult to understand and the doctor hasn’t had any specific answers.

No one is giving up. I’m just frustrated right now.

Apologies for none of this being related to strengths, talents, and all that. I just knew it had been a while since I had chimed in here and I thought something was better than nothing. I’ll try to get back on topic in my next post.

Pardon the Interruption

Well, I thought I had used my learner, input, analytical, and intellection to understand what was going to happen to me a month ago when I underwent shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. Boy, was I wrong!

As it turns out, I really didn’t have a clue!

It’s been a lot more intense than I could have ever imagined and I’ve experienced pain so intense I hope to never have to live through anything like this ever again!

But, to keep things moving and at least a little more on topic than I could possibly do it on my own right now, I’m going to point you to an excellent article written by one of the “Learning and Development Consultants” at Gallup, Austin Suellentrop. You’ll find it here:

Strengths and Values: A Testimony to the Importance of Talking Values with the Ones You Love

I’ll share more about my experience and get back to authoring blog posts on my own as soon as I am able.


A Brief Hiatus

Four of my top five talent themes have been in over drive lately. I’ve been intensely apply learner, input, analytical, and intellection to a situation that has come in my life that is now reached a point that it’s going to impact what I am doing here for a while. You see,I’ve been dealing with some significant pain for several months now and experiencing limited movement. The doc has been treating me through other means and finally chose to do an MRI to see what was going on. Hence, the discovery of the torn rotator cuff. Consequently, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time learning about the muscle group that makes up the rotator cuff, the way the shoulder moves and works (or at least how it’s supposed to), and what exactly is the best way to heal from injury. Like I said, I’ve been using my talents — learner, input, analytical, and intellection!

So, I beg your indulgence and forgiveness in advance. If you don’t hear from me for a little while it’s because I’m about to undergo shoulder surgery to get things repaired. Based on what I’ve learned and how I think it’s all going to affect me, I could be in too much pain, too focused on recovery, and too pre-occupied with just getting by at work and in life to spend much time here.

So, forgive me, if you will for a brief absence.