Competition: Enter to Win

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This past March, I committed to reviewing each of the StrengthsFinder Talent Themes by the end of the year .  I am on final approach with just a few to go (check out the archives).  Each unique Talent Theme provides perspective on how we get things done.  Given the opportunity to fix something, each of us leverage different talents, skills and behaviors to arrive at a solution.

Today, I will focus on the Talent Theme Competition.  In honor of those who have this as a Signature Talent Theme, I will be "gamifying" this edition.  See details below.

People who get things done leveraging their Competition talents love playing games - and winning them.  They have a deep aspiration to be the best and will work hard to excel - especially in comparison to others.  They need to compare.  When they can compare, they can compete and if they can compete they can win.  This is what drives them to succeed.

People driven by Competition have the ability to stimulate themselves and others to a higher standard of performance.  They can raise the achievement level of a group by creating a culture of winning and an aspiration to be the best.

If you are fueled by Competition, you likely skipped the last two paragraphs and jumped directly to this section - I get it, you want to win!  I will be raffling off two StrengthsFinder 2.0 books (including the assessment codes).  All you need to do is like this post wherever you found it (either Linked In or our Universal Partner Community page).  I will be drawing two names at noon on Monday, November 19th.  As a bonus, I will donate 30 minutes of my time for a coaching session with the winners via phone once they take the assessment.  Good luck!

Here are some ways to harness the power of Competition to raise achievement levels for your team;

* People driven by Competition need measurement.  Help them discover proper benchmarks to spark their competitive fire.  Find tasks, roles and work environments where progress can be measured.

* Help them focus on places where they can apply their talents and win.  If they lose repeatedly, they might stop playing.  In the contests that matter to them, they don't compete for fun, they compete to win.

* Take time to celebrate their wins.  To people with high Competition, there is no victory without a celebration.

Dan is currently serving 20 years to life as the Sr. Director of Destination Experiences at Universal Orlando Resort.  He prefers white-water rapids over data lakes and lists Ideation, Futuristic and Positivity amongst his signature talents.    Find him on Twitter @dpddonovan and Instagram @strengthszone  


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