We are wrapping up our series with the CliftonStrengths Domain – Relationship Building.

You can review the entire blog series at…

Taking Your Executing Strengths from Raw to Refined (October 14, 2020), Taking Your Strategic Strengths from Raw to Refined (October 28, 2020), and last week Taking Your Influencing Strengths from Raw to Refined (November 11, 2020).

It’s crucial in your and your team’s growth in your strengths to know what you are shooting for with your strengths.

Don’t forget to download your Maximize Strengths Worksheet.

This week we will look at the Relationship Building Domain.  These talents help us care better. They are the glue and emotional intelligence for an organization.

According to Gallup, these nine themes “have an innate ability to take the human component into the equation”. People with the Relationship Building domain’s strengths look at how individuals fit into the bigger pictures and can create pathways for them to thrive. A team’s power comes from each person being empowered to use their distinctive talents and appreciate others’.

High-performing teams rely on people with strong Relationship Building themes to bring individuals together and make the team greater than the sum of its parts.

What do we mean when we say Raw to Refined? Raw talent is uninformed, inexperienced, more self-oriented, and unproductive. Refined talent is well informed, more practiced, more others-oriented, and highly productive.

What does it mean when a strength is Raw? What does it mean when a strength is Refined? Let’s take a look at what raw and refined looks like for each strength in the Relationship Building Domain, so you will know what you are aiming for.

People with the strength of Adaptability® live in the present, freely and willingly able to respond to the demands and changes of the moment.

Adaptability Raw: My attention span may be short.

Adaptability Refined: My intense, real-time awareness helps me to respond with immediacy.

People with the strength of Connectedness® believe that there is meaning in everything.

Connectedness Raw:  Awareness of spiritual forces and voices.

Connectedness Refined: Submits to spiritual forces and follows spiritual voices.

People with the strength of Developer® see nothing but potential in others.

Developer Raw: All potential is equally important.

Developer Refined: Wisely chooses in whom to invest to maximize resources.

Someone with the strength of Empathy® senses the emotions of people around them.

Empathy Raw: Tears express my own sorrow, anger, and joy.

Empathy Refined: I weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice.

 People with the strength of Harmony® look for areas of agreement and are particularly aware of conflict and dissonance.

Harmony Raw: I need peace.

Harmony Refined: I bring peace.

People with the strength of Includer® are very accepting people; they want to include people and make them feel a part of the group.

Includer Raw:  I dislike segregation.

Includer Refined:  I promote and facilitate integration.

People with the strength of Individualization® see each person as one of a kind.

Individualization Raw: Intrigued by a tree, but oblivious to the forest.

Individualization Refined: Helps a tree to stand out within a forest.

People with the strength of Positivity® are always looking for, discovering, and bringing the positive.

Positivity Raw: Unhappy people make me unhappy, so I avoid them.

Positivity Refined: Make unhappy people happy.

People with the strength of Relator® have a profound relational capacity to develop a relationship with anyone.

Relator Raw:  Most comfortable with one’s friends.

Relator Refined:  Most able to comfort one’s friends.

What is your action plan to get from raw to refined?  What’s great about having everything listed down on one location is that it makes it easier to track progress and effectively plan things out. Planning helps you prepare for the obstacles ahead and keep you on track. And with an effective action plan, you can boost your productivity and keep yourself focused.

Now that you know what each strength looks like in its raw and refined form, you have a clear direction of where you need to go.

  • Have your goals written down and planned out in steps.
  • Highlight exactly what steps you need to be taken.
  • Track your progress.

Start by asking yourself the following questions about your Relationship Building Theme strengths.

  1. Which of your top 5 talents are too raw in the workplace, and why?
  2. In what ways does the raw talent get you into trouble? In what context does it hinder success?
  3. What knowledge, skills, and practice could make these talents more refined?

This is challenging but very rewarding work.  Are you ready to have a conversation with me about creating your action plan or how to help your team members develop their action plan?  Then schedule you free Ask Brent Anything call. Check out my website at www.brentobannon.com for more ideas and classes that will help you on that path. Click here if you need to purchase a CliftonStrengths assessment code for you or anyone else. I am looking forward to working with you as you grow your and your team’s strengths from raw to refined.


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