Have you ever seen a grand piano tucked in a garden? How about 12 pianos scattered throughout a botanical garden. For 12 days the San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts Flower Piano. “Twelve Days. Twelve Pianos. One Day and You!” A walk through the garden becomes an introduction to plants, flowers, botanical regions of the world and Chopin, jazz, musicals, and boogie-woogie blues. You don’t expect pianos in a garden and yet it works! They are an unlikely pair yet they make likely partners. In fact, real magic happens when you hear great music amidst flowers and trees.
In the Gallup Strengths Finder reports, we know there are certain strengths that often show up together. For example, the theme of Focus is often paired with Achiever. People who are able to laser focus in on things are also often motivated by the completion of tasks. In addition, people with the theme called WOO (Winning others over) often have the Communication theme. People with WOO are energized by meeting many people and can move quickly from one conversation to another. They are often skillful at story telling and sharing their ideas which is the Communication Theme. These are likely pairs.
What about unlikely pairs?
There are some people who are particularly skilled at shifting from one task to another based on the current demands. They enjoy a day with variety and tend to jump from one task to the other seamlessly. This theme of Adaptability is not very often paired with Focus; the ability to focus in on one thing for extended periods of time. It is not common to a see a person with both these themes in their top five theme report. However, there is real value in bringing a person with Adaptability together with a person with Focus. They balance each other out. They need each other’s strengths.
Another example is the brainstormers. These people love to generate new ideas, come up with possible solutions to challenges. Their theme is called Ideation. An unlikely pairing is Consistency. People with this theme are the rule followers, they look for fairness and equity in processes and procedures. Ideation people don’t like to be locked in by policies and procedures when brainstorming. They like to think out of the box. However, when consistency and ideation work together, great ideas can become realities. A consistency person can check a big idea with the systems, processes and operations of an organization. Consistency needs Ideation. Ideation needs Consistency.
Take a moment and think…
- Who do you know who has a strength you just don’t understand or maybe even appreciate.
- What about that strength is confusing to you.
- Now think, how might you want to collaborate with this person to achieve even greater outcomes. You may actually find great benefit in partnering with an unlikely pair.
Let me know what you discover. If you want to learn more about your likely and unlikely pairs, please contact me at Polly Chandler Coaching.