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INTELLECTION
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Strategic Thinking



PEOPLE EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED IN THE INTELLECTION THEME
ARE CHARACTERIZED BY THEIR INTELLECTUAL ACTIVITY. THEY ARE
INTROSPECTIVE AND APPRECIATE INTELLECTUAL DISCUSSIONS.

People with strong Intellection talents like to think. They like mental activity. They like to exercise the “muscles” of their brain,

stretching them in multiple directions. This need for mental activity may be focused; for example, they may be trying to solve a

problem, develop an idea, or understand another person’s feelings. The exact focus will depend on their other strengths. The theme of

Intellection does not dictate what they are thinking about; it simply describes that they like to think. They like to let their thoughts go
in many directions. People with strong Intellection talents are introspective. This introspection gives them time to reflect and ponder.
Wherever it leads them, their mental hum is a constant in their lives.
ITS POWER AND EDGE
The particular genius of people with especially strong Intellection talents stems from the processing that occurs when they think.

When they have time to ponder and process, wisdom and clarity result. They can serve as a sounding board that helps others “stretch”
to discover new ways to solve problems or enhance the quality of their work.
IF INTELLECTION IS A DOMINANT THEME FOR YOU:

Think deep and think often.
•• Set aside a few minutes every day just to collect your
thoughts. Your thinking will be sharper and more effective.
•• Always take time to consider big projects before the action
begins. Your timely insights will allow the project to move
forward intelligently and without backtracking.
•• Identify peers with whom you can have intellectual
conversations on a frequent basis. The enjoyable exchange
will stimulate your thinking and that of others.
•• List your ideas in a log or a diary. These ideas will
serve as grist for your mental mill, and might yield
valuable insights.
•• Take time to write. Writing might be the best way to
crystallize and integrate your thoughts.
•• Explain to others why you need time for introspection.
Although it might seem to others that you are slow to act,
introspection allows you to refine your ideas; thus, for you
it is productive behavior.

IF INTELLECTION IS A LESSER THEME FOR YOU:

Think about how you process information and
make decisions. Even if you lack the intensity of the
Intellection theme, you no doubt think — even think
deeply — about the things that are important to you or
that interest you.
•• It could be that you think better when you are
talking with others. If you need a special level of
clarity or depth of thought on a particular subject,
invite others to help you discuss and analyze
the topic.
•• When you formulate an idea or plan, before you
implement it, have a conversation with trusted
friends and colleagues who help you challenge your
perspective and explore new ideas. They can be a
sounding board to test your ideas.
•• Help others understand that you might be
more willing to rely on intuition or to make
decisions based on limited processing time. Build
complementary partnerships that help you evaluate
your decisions before implementing them.

Copyright © 2000, 2012 Gallup, Inc. All rights reserved. Gallup®, StrengthsFinder®, and each of the 34 StrengthsFinder theme names are trademarks of Gallup, Inc.


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