Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Intellection: The Crock-Pot Thinker

People exceptionally talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussion.
Clifton StrengthsFinder

People with high Intellection like to think- think deeply and thoroughly. While some people may come to a quick conclusion, people with Intellection muse through all the processes and elements before coming to a conclusion. If we were to describe this in terms of kitchen appliances, people with high Intellection would be the crock pot; their thoughts need time to stew, soak, and combined before anything is verbalized or catalyzed. As a result, those with Intellection may often be seen as introverted or less open about their thoughts and opinions; this is not because those with Intellection aren’t “people” people, but rather, they naturally are introspective, and process life internally.

For those with high Intellection, their brain never has down time. They are constantly thinking and mulling over things, whether or not they are verbally processing. Their thinking is not discriminatory, and happens at any time, day or night, work time, or sleep time. Not only do people with Intellection think deeply, they also enjoy intellectual discussions. They gravitate towards people, that are able to keep up with their enlightened and even scholarly way of thinking. The content of these discussions are based on the individual’s own passions, interests, and other strengths.

If you have Intellection in your top 5, you have likely already mused about your mentoring relationship and the impact you are making. Take one more step back from that context and see how your Intellection talent, specifically, impacts your mentoring relationship. Consider talking through the follow questions from TeamMates Strengths & Hope Cards with your mentee to help them understand your thinking process:
  • What have you been thinking about? Are you able to reserve time each week to think? How?
  • What big ideas would you like to think about or discuss?
  • Which class or activity stimulates your thinking?
  • What/Whom do you find intellectually stimulating?


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