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  • Writer's pictureShari Bowles Gibbons

Top 10 Most Common Blindspots

We use Clifton Strengths to help clients achieve better results by understanding themselves and their teammates better.

The most commonly occurring Talent Themes in the US are listed below with the percentage of people who have each of these themes in their Top 5 Talent Themes:

Achiever- 32%

Learner -29%

Relator- 28%


Strategic 28%

Chances are, you might have one of these in your Top 5 Talent Themes and here are the blind spots associated with each of these Talent Themes.


• You might get frustrated when others don’t work as hard as you do, and they might see you as too demanding. Remember that not everyone has the same high expectations for themselves or is driven to work as hard as you are.

• Your pressing need to get things done might cause you to take on projects or agree to deadlines before you know everything that’s involved. Before you commit to something, make sure you have the time and resources you need to do it right.


• You place a high value on learning and studying, and you may tend to impose this value on others. Be sure to respect others’ motivations, and resist pushing them toward learning for learning’s sake.

• You love the process of learning so much that the outcome might not matter to you. Be careful not to let the process of knowledge acquisition get in the way of your results and productivity.


• Because Relators typically do not trust others implicitly and people have to earn your trust over time, some may think you are hard to get to know. Be aware of this perception with new people you meet as well as with the people you see every day.

• Your tendency to spend more time with the people you know best might give the impression that you are exclusive or unfriendly to those outside your inner circle. Consider that you might be missing out on the benefits of widening the circle and getting to know more people.


• Because you find it difficult to turn down others’ requests, sometimes you overcommit. Try to manage your Responsibility talents by giving up something before you take on a new task.

• Too many obligations can keep you from spending time with the most important people in your life. Remember that sometimes, no is the best answer for the health of your relationships.


• When working with others, sometimes they may misinterpret your strong Strategic talents as criticism. Be mindful of what is already working well and what others have accomplished.

• Because you evaluate patterns and pathways so quickly, others might find it difficult to follow or understand your thought process. Be aware that sometimes, you might have to backtrack to explain how you got to where you are.

The best way to identify blind spots is to ask for feedback to help you see yourself through the eyes of others. Once you have identified a behavior that doesn’t serve you as you try to deliver your best results, the first step is to notice this behavior in action. Once you are adept at seeing this behavior in real time, the next step is to see this behavior before it happens so you can stop this behavior. At this point, you are poised to replace this behavior with the new behavior that you have identified as the better option in this scenario.

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