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In this task, I have completed the CliftonStrengths self-assessment. Based on your results, i need to engage in self-reflection and develop one SMART (1.Achiever 2.Discipline 3.Positivi

In this task, I have completed the CliftonStrengths self-assessment. Based on your results, i need to engage in self-reflection and develop one SMART (1.Achiever 2.Discipline 3.Positivity 4.Context 5. Individualization) goal as a framework to develop an influential leadership growth plan.  A.  Describe what you learned about yourself based on the results of your self-assessment, including the following:  •  how your strengths contribute to your thoughts, decisions, and behaviors  •  how you can use these insights to add value in your current or future professional role  1.  Provide evidence of completion of the self-assessment.    Note: You may provide evidence of completion by attaching a PDF file of your test results or a screenshot demonstrating the self-assessment was completed.    B.  Create one SMART (i.e., specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely) goal for developing influential leadership skills, based on your reflection of your self-assessment results, by doing the following:  1.  Identify your SMART goal.  2.  Explain how your SMART goal supports the development of leadership skills.  3.  Explain how the strengths identified in your self-assessment will help you achieve your SMART goal.    C.  Acknowledge sources, using in-text citations and references, for content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized.    D.  Demonstrate professional communication in the content and presentation of your submission.

Joke Francis

Your Signature Themes SURVEY COMPLETION DATE: 11-06-2023


Father of Strengths Psychology and Inventor of CliftonStrengths

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Joke Francis SURVEY COMPLETION DATE: 11-06-2023

Many years of research conducted by The Gallup Organization suggest that the most effective people are those who understand their strengths and behaviors. These people are best able to develop strategies to meet and exceed the demands of their daily lives, their careers, and their families.

A review of the knowledge and skills you have acquired can provide a basic sense of your abilities, but an awareness and understanding of your natural talents will provide true insight into the core reasons behind your consistent successes.

Your Signature Themes report presents your five most dominant themes of talent, in the rank order revealed by your responses to CliftonStrengths. Of the 34 themes measured, these are your "top five."

Your Signature Themes are very important in maximizing the talents that lead to your successes. By focusing on your Signature Themes, separately and in combination, you can identify your talents, build them into strengths, and enjoy personal and career success through consistent, near-perfect performance.


Your Achiever theme helps explain your drive. Achiever describes a constant need for achievement. You feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day you must achieve something tangible in order to feel good about yourself. And by “every day” you mean every single day—workdays, weekends, vacations. No matter how much you may feel you deserve a day of rest, if the day passes without some form of achievement, no matter how small, you will feel dissatisfied. You have an internal fire burning inside you. It pushes you to do more, to achieve more. After each accomplishment is reached, the fire dwindles for a moment, but very soon it rekindles itself, forcing you toward the next accomplishment. Your relentless need for achievement might not be logical. It might not even be focused. But it will always be with you. As an Achiever you must learn to live with this whisper of discontent. It does have its benefits. It brings you the energy you need to work long hours without burning out. It is the jolt you can always count on to get you started on new tasks, new challenges. It is the power supply that causes you to set the pace and define the levels of productivity for your work group. It is the theme that keeps you moving.

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Your world needs to be predictable. It needs to be ordered and planned. So you instinctively impose structure on your world. You set up routines. You focus on timelines and deadlines. You break long- term projects into a series of specific short-term plans, and you work through each plan diligently. You are not necessarily neat and clean, but you do need precision. Faced with the inherent messiness of life, you want to feel in control. The routines, the timelines, the structure, all of these help create this feeling of control. Lacking this theme of Discipline, others may sometimes resent your need for order, but there need not be conflict. You must understand that not everyone feels your urge for predictability; they have other ways of getting things done. Likewise, you can help them understand and even appreciate your need for structure. Your dislike of surprises, your impatience with errors, your routines, and your detail orientation don’t need to be misinterpreted as controlling behaviors that box people in. Rather, these behaviors can be understood as your instinctive method for maintaining your progress and your productivity in the face of life’s many distractions.


You are generous with praise, quick to smile, and always on the lookout for the positive in the situation. Some call you lighthearted. Others just wish that their glass were as full as yours seems to be. But either way, people want to be around you. Their world looks better around you because your enthusiasm is contagious. Lacking your energy and optimism, some find their world drab with repetition or, worse, heavy with pressure. You seem to find a way to lighten their spirit. You inject drama into every project. You celebrate every achievement. You find ways to make everything more exciting and more vital. Some cynics may reject your energy, but you are rarely dragged down. Your Positivity won’t allow it. Somehow you can’t quite escape your conviction that it is good to be alive, that work can be fun, and that no matter what the setbacks, one must never lose one’s sense of humor.


You look back. You look back because that is where the answers lie. You look back to understand the present. From your vantage point the present is unstable, a confusing clamor of competing voices. It is only by casting your mind back to an earlier time, a time when the plans were being drawn up, that the present regains its stability. The earlier time was a simpler time. It was a time of blueprints. As you look back, you begin to see these blueprints emerge. You realize what the initial intentions were. These blueprints or intentions have since become so embellished that they are almost unrecognizable, but now this Context theme reveals them again. This understanding brings you

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confidence. No longer disoriented, you make better decisions because you sense the underlying structure. You become a better partner because you understand how your colleagues came to be who they are. And counterintuitively you become wiser about the future because you saw its seeds being sown in the past. Faced with new people and new situations, it will take you a little time to orient yourself, but you must give yourself this time. You must discipline yourself to ask the questions and allow the blueprints to emerge because no matter what the situation, if you haven’t seen the blueprints, you will have less confidence in your decisions.


Your Individualization theme leads you to be intrigued by the unique qualities of each person. You are impatient with generalizations or “types” because you don’t want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person. Instead, you focus on the differences between individuals. You instinctively observe each person’s style, each person’s motivation, how each thinks, and how each builds relationships. You hear the one-of-a-kind stories in each person’s life. This theme explains why you pick your friends just the right birthday gift, why you know that one person prefers praise in public and another detests it, and why you tailor your teaching style to accommodate one person’s need to be shown and another’s desire to “figure it out as I go.” Because you are such a keen observer of other people’s strengths, you can draw out the best in each person. This Individualization theme also helps you build productive teams. While some search around for the perfect team “structure” or “process,” you 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.

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  • Joke Francis
    • Don Clifton
    • Father of Strengths Psychology and Inventor of CliftonStrengths
  • Achiever
  • Discipline
  • Positivity
  • Context
  • Individualization


CliftonStrengths® Domains While each theme has its own power and edge, it’s useful to think about how your CliftonStrengths themes help you execute, influence others, build relationships and absorb and think about information.

Executing Influencing Relationship Building Strategic Thinking

Those with dominant themes in the Executing domain know how to make things happen. When the team needs someone to implement a solution, these are the people who will work tirelessly to get it done. Those with a strength to execute have the ability to “catch” an idea and make it a reality.

Those with dominant themes in the Influencing domain help their team reach a much broader audience. These individuals can sell the team’s ideas inside and outside the organization. When the team needs someone to take charge, speak up, and make sure the group is heard, look to someone with the strength to influence.

Those with dominant themes in the Relationship Building domain can provide the essential glue to hold a team together. Without these strengths on a team, in many cases, the group is simply a composite of individuals. In contrast, team members with exceptional Relationship Building strength have the unique ability to help the group become much greater than the sum of its parts.

Those with dominant Strategic Thinking themes are the ones who keep the team focused on what could be. They are constantly absorbing and analyzing information and helping the team make better decisions. People with strength in this domain continually stretch the team’s thinking for the future.

Achiever Arranger Belief Consistency Deliberative Discipline Focus Responsibility Restorative

Activator Command Communication Competition Maximizer Self-Assurance Significance Woo

Adaptability Connectedness Developer Empathy Harmony Includer Individualization Positivity Relator

Analytical Context Futuristic Ideation Input Intellection Learner Strategic

These four domains describe how CliftonStrengths themes help you make things happen, influence others, build relationships and work with information.

Don’t allow these domains to limit how you use each CliftonStrengths theme. Instead, use them as a way to think about how you use your CliftonStrengths themes every day and how you can intentionally use your themes to make significant contributions.

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IT Leadership Foundations – D194 OSM1 Task 1: Self-Assessment

Josh Martin

College of Information Technology, Western Governors University

May 4, 2021

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IT Leadership Foundations – D194

Task 1


The CliftonStrengths self-assessment showed that my top 5 strength themes to be: Strategic, Analytical,

Focus, Individualization, & Futuristic. Reading through the “Strengths Insight and Action-Planning Guide”

allowed me to reflect on my strengths, areas of opportunity, and potential challenges. These insights

helped build my personal SMART goal and how I can leverage these strengths in my leadership.

The first theme of Strategic did not come as a surprise, as I typically seek opportunities that allow me to

solve problems in creative ways or act as a consultant for others. I have constantly challenged the status

quo, looking for alternative methods to solve the issues and identifying patterns that were not apparent

to others. One attribute of the Strategic theme that can be problematic is the communication of ideas

and influencing others. At times, the communication can be perceived as unfavorable, and an example is

seeing potential problems down the road. In these cases, to avoid this possible view, it is necessary to

help people walk the future state, potential issues, and how they could be addressed.

The second strength, Analytical, describes me to a T. On several occasions, my wife has stated, “must you

always use logic”, this is often in the context of determining the best order to do certain things. I see

this as a compliment to my first strength of strategic, as the need to understand the reasons and causes

assists me in finding creative solutions to problems. The insights sheet highlights the need for

understanding why a goal is essential. That understanding enables me to rally around the goal and look

at options from many different angles. Two main challenges can be found in the analytical theme that

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must be addressed. The first is analysis paralysis. Sometimes a person can do too much analysis and

never find the right path forward, afraid of making a mistake. It is essential, therefore, to set timelines

and align around a set scope for the analysis. The second is coming off “cold.” Someone exhibiting the

analytical strength is often seen as unsentimental, which can have a negative impact on those they are

leading or influencing.

The Focus theme was a bit shocking to show up initially as I tend to operate best in what seems to be

chaos. The ability to take direction and follow-through has been a strong trait of mine over the years.

Two phrases have often been used to describe me by my leaders, one is coachable, and the other is

“leader intent/commander’s intent.” The second of those phrases I think aligns very well, as the

“Commander’s Intent” terminology is a military phrase that focuses on providing guidance of what

success looks like and empowering the individual. This is highlighted by the leadership styles I work best

with and my leadership style in my personal life. The focus theme also highlights goals and how they are

motivating for someone with the focus strength. This resonates with me and part of the reason that I can

say that I have never missed a deliverable that I agreed to in my twenty-plus years in the technology


The Individualization theme is a bit different than it appears by itself. This strength allows me to identify

unique qualities in each person and figure out how to get them to work together. Sports have been a

large part of my life and have taught me many things along the way. This is where I believe my

foundations started for this theme—having an appreciation for the unique talents that it takes to play

different positions and that teams that have diverse talents tend to be more successful than those that

possess similar skillsets. This has allowed me to find the right skills for different opportunities and ensure

that my team members have the best chance for success.

The last Futuristic theme is very fitting, and I think my strengths of Strategical & Analytical heighten it. In

most situations, my focus tends to shift from the here and now to how things could be in a future state. I

enjoy the creativity and freedom that comes from future visions, as in those cases, you can often break

the previously restrictive bounds. One challenge is that sometimes to get into that future state, you

must look at the here and now and articulate clearly how you can get to the future while addressing the

immediate concerns.

Thinking through my strengths and the inherent challenges with those strengths enables me to shape my

leadership style and helps me to articulate not only my thought process but also how I operate to others.

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SMART Goal Specific: I want to leverage my strengths to move from a Technology Solutions Principal to a Director of Technology Strategy, where I have a team that focuses on delivering technology solutions aligned with business strategy.

Measurable: I will measure this by the ability to onboard new team members, take on additional accountability for the department, and drive improved total partnership engagement scores with business partners.

Achievable: Through continued partnership with business partners, helping them align business outcomes to technology strategy, and provide mentorship to junior members of the team, I can continue to position myself for the Director role.

Realistic: This goal is the natural progression of my role, moving from an individual contributor to a direct people leader in the technology strategy space. My strength of Individualization will provide valuable skills in enabling the success of the overall group.

Timely: My goal for the timing of the new role is within the next two years. Along the way, additional accountability will be gained as trust is built with business partners.

This goal supports developing my leadership skills as this moves from an individual contributor role into

a people leader role. Moving beyond the people leadership aspect, the Director role at Humana must be

strategic and build partnerships across business and IT. Being successful in this role requires the ability

to lead direct reports and be able to lead peers, business executives, and others outside of your direct


Understanding my strengths enables me to leverage them to lead and influence others throughout the

organization. Most importantly, understanding my strengths and the potential challenges provides

visibility into how to better communicate that drives results and aligns everyone to the endeavor's

success. Communication is such a large part of being a leader and not just a manager. In addition to the

Strengths Finder, I have leveraged Social Style analysis and the Meyers-Briggs assessment to better

understand my communication style and what resonates with others.

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Leadership Analysis

After taking the “CliftonStrengths” assessment, I was provided the following top five

strengths/talents (in order of dominance): Deliberative, Relator, Restorative, Intellection, and

Input. Each word represents a series of characteristics that describe how I navigate through both

personal and professional aspects of my life. Taking a deeper look into my strengths and how

they play into (and affect) my leadership abilities can provide a sense of self-awareness

regarding the ways in which am able to effectively lead in the workplace.

The word “deliberative” has never been a word that I have used to describe myself, but it

is a fitting, all-encompassing word to describe most of the dominant parts of my personality…

Careful, private, planning, assessing, strategic, and analytical. While some parts of this trait can

be interpreted by others as me being negative and anxious (preparing for the worst) or cold and

distant (having the want for privacy be perceived as rudeness), the most positive parts of this trait

lend themselves to my career. A personal example of this would be my love of gathering data

and making it come to life in graphs, charts. The “ah-ha” moment of interpreting the information

to find something that has been missed, overlooked, or otherwise unconnected provides me with

excitement. In a leadership role, many key assets include the ability to plan, see things from all

sides (with the data/information analysis to back it up), create a strategy, and be able to be

realistic about the potential issues that may arise. Having the ability to be deliberative will prove

beneficial to my future leadership goals.

My second strength, “relator”, describes perfectly my want to connect with people

beyond surface level. I find it hard to engage (or be interested) in conversations that are full of

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general niceties and lack any real information, passion, depth, or contemplation. I often feel that

the ease of connecting with others via technology has created a perceived notion of friendships

and closeness where they do not truly exist… And there are also stark differences between the

LinkedIn and Googleable versions of people versus their actual persona (personality traits,

thoughts, fears, desires, hopes, and goals). I love when someone surprises me by being their

authentic self instead of who they think they must be in front of me. When the veil of

perfectionism is lifted, that is truly where deep, meaningful connections begin. The way I

believe my “relator” strength can be used in my future leadership role is by making deeper, more

intentional connections with my own team and therefore be able to find and use their strengths to

move towards our overall goals in a more focused way.

The “restorative”, problem solving strength was not something I have always had, but it

is the strength I have had to work hardest to build both personally and professionally. There

have been many times in my life when I have wanted to give up, but I instead chose to find a

way to achieve my goals and push forward. The main parts of this strength are: Getting

enjoyment out of analyzing and solving problems, finding solutions after identifying the issues,

having confidence in being able to overcome hardships, and bringing life back into things that

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