"Theme Thoughts" is a quick look into one of the 34 Gallup StrengthsFinder 2.0 Themes. I'll try and do one of these posts each week, and will share what I've learned from stories and ideas shared by other strengths coaches, as well as my personal thoughts, experiences and applications.
What is 'Futuristic'?
Futuristic - People exceptionally talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They energize others with their visions of the future.
If you're like me and have Futuristic high in your StrengthsFinder profile (mine is #3) you find yourself constantly thinking about the future. You get demotivated by doing things the same way they've always been done, and you have an innate ability to think about how things can/will be in the future. Some may call you a daydreamer, but dream on!
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Futuristic @ its BEST
At its best, individuals who exude high levels of the Futuristic theme are visionaries. They're constantly seeing a better future, not tomorrow, next week, or next month, but 5-10 years out. They're inspired by what they envision and inspire others to see their vision for the future and what could be.
Ultimately, the "balcony" of Futuristic for a leader is to not only share their vision for the future, but help their team see, refocus, and strive for new heights.
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." - Thomas Jefferson
Futuristic @ its WORST
Too much daydreaming. Don't get me wrong, daydreaming is great...but in moderation. When your Futuristic theme is not "dialed in" you'll catch yourself daydreaming @ the most inopportune time or thinking of the future when you need to be completing a time-sensitive task. You may be perceived as simply an "idea person" without any substance or suggestions for pragmatic solutions. Worst of all, you may seem distant or not "in the present."
Like all talents needing to be developed, we must learn how and when to effectively use them in order to make them a highly-productive Strength.
Embrace YOUR Futuristic
Too many of us get caught up in the daily grind. We go from day to day without taking the time to think, to become self aware, and to set a vision for our future. Embrace your Futuristic theme. Feed it by taking time everyday to envision what you and team have in store for the future and then take the steps necessary to make your vision a reality!
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