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PEOPLE EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED IN THE INDIVIDUALIZATION
THEME ARE INTRIGUED WITH THE UNIQUE QUALITIES OF EACH
PERSON. THEY HAVE A GIFT FOR FIGURING OUT HOW DIFFERENT
PEOPLE CAN WORK TOGETHER PRODUCTIVELY.
People with strong Individualization talents are intrigued by and have an understanding of the unique qualities of each person.
Impatient with generalizations, they focus on the differences among individuals. They instinctively observe each person’s style and
motivation, how each thinks, and how each builds relationships. They keenly observe other people’s strengths and draw out the best
in each person. Their Individualization talents help them to build productive teams. While some search around for the perfect team
“structure” or “process,” they know instinctively that the secret to great teams is casting by individual strengths so that everyone can do
a lot of what they do well.
ITS POWER AND EDGE
People with strong Individualization talents notice and appreciate the unique characteristics of each person and can customize their
approach accordingly. Like a casting director, they use their intelligence about people to position them to do what they do best. This
creates a type of team synergy that leads to a more enjoyable experience and increased effectiveness.
IF INDIVIDUALIZATION IS A DOMINANT THEME FOR YOU:
IF INDIVIDUALIZATION IS A LESSER THEME FOR YOU:
Honor the uniqueness in each person you encounter.
Lacking the intensity of the Individualization theme does
not mean that you fail to recognize the differing personalities,
motivations, and aspirations of others. It might mean that you
rely on a structured approach that ensures fair treatment.
•• You instinctively understand how different people
might be able to work together effectively. Use this
talent to help create partnerships, teams, and groups
that complement each other.
•• Become an expert in describing your own strengths
and style. For example, answer questions such as
these: What is the best praise you ever received? How
often do you like to check in with your manager?
What is your best method for building relationships?
How do you learn best?
•• Ask these same questions of your colleagues and
friends. Help them plan their future by starting with
their strengths, then designing a future based on what
they do best.
•• Make your colleagues and friends aware of each
person’s unique motivations and needs.
•• Study successful people to discover the uniqueness
that made them successful.
•• It may sound simple, but sometimes you might just need to
remind yourself that everyone is different — each person has
their own unique experiences, values, talents, and filters.
•• One way to better understand what makes people tick is
to ask them specific questions about their motivations,
needs, interests, and experiences. Make a list of good
questions and use them over and over when meeting and
interacting with others.
•• When choosing a gift for friends or family members, or
tokens of appreciation for colleagues, think about their
hobbies, favorite sports teams, types of food, etc. If you
aren’t sure, ask others to help you choose something that
matches one of their interests.
•• Be ready to bend the rules when adhering to them
keeps a colleague, friend, or you from accomplishing a
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