CliftonStrengths®: Input® – The Collector

by | Dec 30, 2018 | Strengths

You collect stuff for a rainy day

CliftonStrengths® defines people with Input® as “have a need to collect and archive. You may accumulate information, ideas, artifacts, or even relationships.”

This is a “collectors theme.” Saving things for a rainy day, items that can be a resource to share with other people.

You always have a desire to know more, crave information, and ask questions.

You may focus on collecting specific things like facts in areas of interest, ideas, books, inspirational quotes, and design concepts, …

You’re like a sponge

Going online to find something can easily turn into hours. You are naturally curious and love to explore, adding new information and tools to your expansive toolbox.

You have an open-mindedness to absorb more information and collect from what already exists.

With your knack for hanging onto stuff, you may need to be creative with how you store your “stuff.” This has become easier with the internet and electronic storage. Even drives run out of space, so spent time naming and organizing your files into different categories so that you can easily find the information when needed.

You easily become the go-to person

You thrive on finding new information if by chance you don’t already have the information. You will happily search for it.

I’ve always been amazed at how new information is found. Nowadays, often through googling whatever information I’m looking for, narrowing the information down until I find what I’m looking for. And that’s the point; I always find what I was looking for, even if I didn’t have the words for it to start with. That’s what I call my “score!” moment.

With Input as my #13, we’re now shifting into my supporting talents. The collection of “stuff,” whether it’s electronic media or physical items, can only reach a certain point with me before I start decluttering. I do not like to have too much stuff collected or piles of “to do’s.” After a while, it becomes overwhelming, and when I cross that line, my dominant talents step in and say, “Stop! No more!” and the decluttering starts.

That might be one of the reasons I felt the need to release this theme from the dominant talent zone to the supporting zone. To simplify and declutter, I’m releasing the clutter theme. You may find the lines shifting as you embrace your dominant talents. Simplifies life too.

So what if this is a dominant theme?

Your curiosity can help your “team” in their decision-making process by considering the information provided.

Your attention to detail and asking questions are assets that you bring. If you’re focusing a lot of time and energy on what others are doing you may wish to preface that by saying that this is how you process information as it can be misunderstood.


Do you have Input® as one of your dominant talents? What are you collecting? Please comment below; I’d love to know.

Are you curious about what your talents might be? CLICK HERE for more information about the CliftonStrengths® Assessment or HERE for the BP10™ Assessment.

Lastly, visit Gallup’s YouTube channel for more information on the CliftonStrengths® theme of Input® HERE.

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