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1 © 1966, 2007 Thomas Concept This PowerPoint presentation is the property of Thomas Concept and is copyrighted by Thomas Concept. All rights are reserved by Thomas Concept. This PowerPoint presentation may not be used except as set forth in the Thomas Concept Licensing Agreement. No Thomas Concept event may be recorded by any means without the express written consent of Thomas Concept. Thomas Concept ® and Opposite Strengths ® are federally registered marks in the United States, Canada, and other countries. They may not be used without the express written consent of Thomas Concept. http://www.oppositestrengths.com 200711

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3 Part I: Review You learned about the principle of sustained success You learned about the 3 pairs of opposite strengths You discovered your natural pattern of strengths Member Workbook pg. 34

4 Personal Tendencies Polarization The Success Process Flex-patterns Dealing with Your Tendencies Being Yourself / Being Flexible Sustaining Your Success Member Workbook pg. 37

5 Personal Tendencies A personal tendency is an inclination to favor a specific strength. Tendencies need to be understood, affirmed and expressed. Overuse limits our success. Member Workbook pg. 38

6 Personal Tendencies Goals: Become aware of our tendencies. Accept our tendencies. Gain skill in dealing with them in all situations. Member Workbook pg. 38

7 Personal Tendencies Member Workbook pg. 38 LEAD STRENGTH SUPPORTING STRENGTH + +

8 Tendency to: 1…talk when its time to listen. 2…avoid confrontation and conflict when its time to express real thoughts and feelings. 3…say yes when its time to say no. 4…withdraw into own self-sufficiency when its time to draw on the strengths of others. 5…imagine the possibilities when its time to get the facts. 6…wait for the other person to make the first move when its time to take the initiative. 7…compete with others when its time to be cooperative. 8…hold on to established ways when its time to change and try new things. 9…keep emotionally involved when its time to back off and be more objective. 10…go along with others when its time to go your own way. 11…think about problems when its time to look for solutions. 12…make the decision when its time to think more before deciding. 13…hold feelings inside when its time to express them openly. 14…drive hard to accomplish own goals when its time to find out what others are thinking and feeling. 15…think about theory when its time to be practical. 16…depend on others when its time to depend on yourself. Common Tendencies Member Workbook pg. 39 17…do things personally when its time to trust others to do them. 18…be sympathetic and supportive when its time to require others to be more responsible. 19…change things when its time to hold steady and keep things as they are. 20…emphasize the realities when its time to emphasize the possibilities. 21…be impatient with others when its time to be more understanding of others. 22…do things that please others when its time to pay more attention to own needs and desires. 23…be quiet and listen when its time to speak out. 24…take risks when its time to take fewer chances. 25…speculate about future possibilities when its time to look at present realities. 26…think own thoughts when its time to listen to what others are saying. 27…analyze the problem when its time to take action. 28…assertively express thoughts and feelings when its time to be more reserved and quiet. 29…be tolerant of others when its time to be more firm with others. 30…be practical and realistic when its time to be more imaginative. X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

9 Tendency Activity (15 minutes) Read all 30 common tendencies on page 39 Put a check next to any tendency that applies to you about 10-15 Circle 3 tendencies that cause you the most problems Pair up with someone new and talk about your tendencies for 10 minutes Member Workbook pg. 39

10 The positive strengths naturally feed each other in a continuous process of success. Problems enter when we polarize on one strength. LEAD STRENGTH SUPPORTING STRENGTH Polarization Member Workbook pg. 40 ++

11 We get stuck on one side continuing to emphasize one strength blocking its opposite. This blockage stops our success and becomes painful over time. This is called polarization. We tend to polarize most on a lead strength, but we can polarize on a supporting strength. Polarization Member Workbook pg. 41 LEAD SUPPORTING ++

12 Polarizing on a Basic Strength Member Workbook pg. 42 ++ Signs of Polarization on THINKINGSigns of Polarization on RISKING Continues to think when its time to act Build-up of ideas and plans Stability and order become increasingly important Takes fewer and fewer risks Holds feelings inside Resists change Holds onto established ways Procrastinates Feels more and more depressed and anxious Becomes more and more removed and out of it Immobilized Continues to act when its time to think Build-up of activity and movement Action and doing become increasingly important Thinks less and less Expresses feelings aggressively Resists thoughtful analysis Quick to change things Makes quick decisions Feels increasingly exposed and agitated Becomes more and more emotional Out of control

13 Polarizing on a Thinking Strength Member Workbook pg. 43 Signs of Polarization on PRACTICAL THINKING Continues to focus on problems when its time to look for solutions Build-up of facts Facts become increasingly important Sees all the rocks in the road Holds onto status quo New ideas become a threat Sees all the reasons why an idea will not work Uses facts as clubs to destroy ideas Becomes pessimistic and gloomy Loses hope Despair Continues to imagine possibilities when its time to understand facts Build-up of ideas and possibilities Possibilities become increasingly important Sees the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow Eager to try something new Established facts become a threat Sees all the reasons why an idea will work Uses ideas as shields to hide facts Becomes optimistic and fearless Loses contact with reality Lives in a dream world Signs of Polarization on THEORETICAL THINKING ++

14 Polarizing on a Risking Strength Member Workbook pg. 44 Signs of Polarization on DEPENDENT RISKING Continues to depend on others when its time to depend on self Builds up support and approval of others Support and approval of others become increasingly important Fewer expressions of independence Says yes when should say no Becomes less and less responsible Loses self-confidence Loses awareness of self Loses self-respect Loses the support and approval of others Continues to depend on self when its time to depend on others Builds up ego and self-confidence Personal power and impact become increasingly important Fewer expressions of dependence Talks when should be listening Assumes more and more responsibility Loses confidence in others Loses awareness of others Loses respect of others Loses personal power and freedom Signs of Polarization on INDEPENDENT RISKING ++

15 Products of Strengths Basic Strengths Thinking produces –Perceptions –Plans –Stability Risking produces –Feelings –Change –Action Member Workbook pg. 45

16 Products of Strengths Thinking Strengths Practical Thinking produces - Seeing how things are - Awareness of reality - Perception of problems Theoretical Thinking produces - Seeing how things could be - Awareness of possibilities - Perception of solutions Member Workbook pg. 45

17 Products of Strengths Risking Strengths Dependent Risking produces - Confidence in others - Approval by others - Warm relationships Independent Risking produces - Self-confidence - Self-satisfaction - Personal impact Member Workbook pg. 45

18 What causes polarization? We like the products of a strength We hold on to the products We undervalue the products of the opposite strength

19 What happens when we polarize? We get stuck on a strength We starve the opposite strength We limit our own success

20 Six Steps to Break Polarization 1.Become aware of the problem. 2.Identify the product you are holding on to and the strength on which you are polarizing. 3.Identify the strength opposite to the one on which you are polarizing. 4.Make the personal choice to let go of the product and express the opposite strength. 5.Shift attention to the opposite strength and identify practical ways to express it. 6.Change your behavior by actually expressing the opposite strength. Member Workbook pg. 46

21 Be Yourself Breaking Polarization Member Workbook pg. 47 Be Flexible Break Polarization Sustained Success

22 The Success Process The success process is going on all the time within us. Exercising a strength creates products which are used to fuel the opposite strength. We have the power to stop the success process by polarizing on one strength in a pair of opposite strengths. The success process leads to the exercise of all our strengths and more and better products. Member Workbook pg. 48

23 Flex-patterns We break polarization on a lead strength by being flexible. Flex-patterns are what we use to be flexible while not losing ourselves. Being flexible solves the problems created by being ourselves. Being ourselves is the key to initiating success. Expressing flex-patterns is the key to sustaining success. Member Workbook pg. 49

24 Pattern VII R ISKING P RACTICAL T HINKING I NDEPENDENT R ISKING Member Workbook pg. 50-57 Being Yourself/Being Flexible F LEX-PATTERN II F LEX-PATTERN VIIIF LEX-PATTERN V T HINKING P RACTICAL T HINKING I NDEPENDENT R ISKING T HEORETICAL T HINKING R ISKING P RACTICAL T HINKING D EPENDENT R ISKING R ISKING I NDEPENDENT R ISKING

25 Flexing Summary Flexing is using a supporting strength. Everyone flexes. The key is to recognize our tendencies and natural pattern of strengths. Then learn to emphasize supporting strengths as the situation requires it. And then come back to our natural pattern of strengths.

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27 15 Minute Break

28 Being Flexible Circle your three lead strengths. Member Workbook pg. 58-59 Thinking Risking Practical Thinking Theoretical Thinking Dependent Risking Independent Risking

29 Being Flexible Circle your supporting strength in the basic pair: ThinkingRisking Describe the situations in which you express this supporting strength (flex-pattern ______.) Member Workbook pg. 58-59

30 Being Flexible Circle your supporting strength in the thinking pair: Practical thinking Theoretical thinking Describe the situations in which you express this supporting strength (flex-pattern ______.) Member Workbook pg. 58-59

31 Being Flexible Circle your supporting strength in the risking pair: Dependent risking Independent risking Describe the situations in which you express this supporting strength (flex-pattern ______.) Member Workbook pg. 58-59

32 Being Flexible Which flex-pattern is easiest for you to express? _________________________ Which flex-pattern is most difficult for you to express? _________________________ List your natural pattern and rank order your flex-patterns from easiest to most difficult to express: _________/________/________/__________ Member Workbook pg. 58-59

33 Being Flexible Activity (10 minutes) Take 10 minutes to complete pages 58-59 on your own. Member Workbook pg. 58-59

34 Dealing With Your Tendencies: Activity Select one tendency that gives your group the most problems and write it below: Member Workbook pg. 60-67 when its time to Move into action be patient

35 Dealing With Your Tendencies: Activity What strength are you emphasizing? Member Workbook pg. 60-67 Thinking Risking Practical Thinking Theoretical Thinking Dependent Risking Independent Risking

36 Dealing With Your Tendencies: Activity What good things are produced when this tendency is expressed? Member Workbook pg. 60-67 Getting things done

37 Dealing With Your Tendencies: Activity What problems does it cause? Member Workbook pg. 60-67 Make more mistakes than I should

38 Dealing With Your Tendencies: Activity What strength do you need to be emphasizing? Member Workbook pg. 60-67 Thinking Risking Practical Thinking Theoretical Thinking Dependent Risking Independent Risking

39 Dealing With Your Tendencies: Activity How are you more successful when you deal creatively with this tendency? Member Workbook pg. 60-67 Better results from taking action Dealing with this tendency better in the future

40 Make groups of same pattern. Pick a tendency from page 39 that applies to most of the people in your group. Fill out the one page from pages 60-67 that corresponds to your pattern. Report out to the entire seminar group in 20 minutes. Dealing With Your Tendencies: Activity (50 minutes) Member Workbook pg. 60-67

41 Dealing With Your Tendencies We all have tendencies. Tendencies are caused by favoring a particular strength over its opposite. We deal with our tendencies by being aware of them and then moving to an opposite strength. We cant get rid of tendencies – only learn how to deal with them better. Member Workbook pg. 68

42 Member Workbook pg. 69 Sustained Success Problems with Environment Personal Choice X Line of Sustained Success Being Yourself Lead Strength Supporting Strength

43 Member Workbook pg. 69 Sustained Success Problems with Environment Personal Choice X Being Flexible Problems with Self Supporting Strength Lead Strength Line of Sustained Success

44 Member Workbook pg. 69 Sustained Success Problems with Environment Personal Choice X Problems with Self Being Yourself X Supporting Strength Lead Strength Line of Sustained Success

45 Member Workbook pg. 69 Sustained Success Personal Choice X Problems with Self X X Being Flexible Supporting Strength Lead Strength Line of Sustained Success

46 Member Workbook pg. 69 Sustained Success Personal Choice X X X X X Lead Strength Supporting Strength Line of Sustained Success

47 Member Workbook pg. 69 Sustained Success Personal Choice X X X X X Supporting Strength Lead Strength Line of Sustained Success

48 Part II: Review You learned about your tendencies You learned about polarization and how to break it You learned about being flexible You learned about the paradox of sustained success being yourself and being flexible Member Workbook pg. 70

49 Part II: What have you learned? In your own words, what have you learned about… Discovering your strengths… Flexing your strengths… Sustaining your success… Member Workbook pg. 71

50 What This Seminar Is About Discovering your strengths… Your natural way of success Your bundle of opposite strengths Your natural pattern of strengths Member Workbook pg. 72 Sustaining Your Success

51 What This Seminar Is About Flexing your strengths… Your flexible way of success Breaking polarization Your flex-patterns Member Workbook pg. 72 Sustaining Your Success

52 What This Seminar Is About Using all your strengths… Expressing your natural way of success Expressing your flexible way of success Being yourself and being flexible Member Workbook pg. 72 Sustaining Your Success

53 Member Workbook pg. 73 Using the Opposite Strengths Web Site Your Member Home Page Opposite Strengths Inventories Natural Pattern Guide Flexibility Guide Evaluation

54 Your Member Home Page Member Workbook pg. 74 Log on at www.oppositestrengths.com –Your Member ID (e-mail address) –Your Password What you can do –Be part of the Opposite Strengths community –Generate Guides –Request Other-report Inventories –See the FAQs on your Member Home Page

55 Your Member Home Page Member Workbook pg. 75 (sample Web page) Log on as a member: Member ID Password janedoe@mydomain.com 1234 Log on

56 Your Member Home Page Member Workbook pg. 76 (sample Web page) Jane Does Home Page Opposite Strengths Guides Sample Guides Opposite Strengths Inventories Contact Other People Events Find out more Miscellaneous

57 Opposite Strengths Inventories Member Workbook pg. 77 How many Inventories may I include in one specific Guide? As many as you wish Choose which Inventories are used in a Guide by making those Inventories active Inventories can be made active or inactive at any time Inventories used in a Guide can be used in subsequent Guides at no charge

58 Opposite Strengths Inventories Member Workbook pg. 78 How many Inventories may I have completed on me? You can complete more Self-report Inventories at any time for free You can request more Other-report Inventories at any time and have them completed on you at any time for free Your completed Inventories are never deleted from your Member Home Page (but you can make them inactive)

59 Opposite Strengths Inventories Member Workbook pg. 79 (sample Web page) John Does Home Page Opposite Strengths Guides Sample Guides Opposite Strengths Inventories Contact Other People - Ask someone to complete Other-report on me Events Find out more Miscellaneous

60 Opposite Strengths Inventories Member Workbook pg. 80 (sample Web page) Enter information about the other person: Name Gender E-mail Due by Your relationship Time known Mary Smith Female Send another marysmith@mydomain.com 11/28/2008 Relative More than 11 years Finished

61 Opposite Strengths Inventories Member Workbook pg. 81 (sample Web page) Enter information about the other person: Name Gender E-mail Due by Your relationship Time known John Walker Male Send another johnwalker@mydomain.com 11/28/2008 Friend, not co-worker 1-3 years Finished

62 Natural Pattern Guides Member Workbook pg. 82 What do I need to produce a Natural Pattern Guide from my Member Home Page? At least one Inventory and A Natural Pattern Guide Package

63 Natural Pattern Guides Member Workbook pg. 82 How many Natural Pattern Guides may I generate? -As many as you wish until your Natural Pattern Guide Package expires -Use different combinations of your Inventories by making them active or inactive Natural Pattern Guides are about 5 pages long. See the FAQs on your Member Home Page.

64 Natural Pattern Guides Member Workbook pg. 83 (sample Web page) John Does Home Page Opposite Strengths Guides - Natural Pattern Guide Sample Guides Opposite Strengths Inventories Contact Other People Events Find out more Miscellaneous

65 Natural Pattern Guides Natural Pattern Guide for John Doe Your Active Inventories Your Natural Pattern of Strengths Four Life Forces Your Natural Characteristics Your Natural Way of Success Member Workbook pg. 84 (sample Web page)

66 Flexibility Guides Member Workbook pg. 85 What do I need to produce a Flexibility Guide from my Member Home Page? At least one Inventory and A Flexibility Guide Package

67 Flexibility Guides Member Workbook pg. 85 How many Flexibility Guides may I generate? -As many as you wish until your Flexibility Guide Package expires -Use different combinations of your Inventories by making them active or inactive Flexibility Guides are about 5 pages long. See the FAQs on your Member Home Page.

68 Flexibility Guides Member Workbook pg. 86 (sample Web page) John Does Home Page Opposite Strengths Guides - Flexibility Guide Sample Guides Opposite Strengths Inventories Contact Other People Events Find out more Miscellaneous

69 Flexibility Guides Flexibility Guide for John Doe Your Active Inventories Your Success Process Your Flexible Way of Success When You Polarize Sustaining Your Success Member Workbook pg. 87 (sample Web page)

70 Follow-up Workshops You can now attend 3-hour workshops on applications of Opposite Strengths Sustained Success in Relationships Sustained Success in Leadership Sustained Success in Conflict Resolution Sustained Success in Problem Solving Sustained Success in Decision Making Member Workbook pg. 88

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72 Evaluation Member Workbook (please do this now and turn in to Certified Facilitator) Evaluation for Sustained Success December 14, 2008 Olympia, Washington USA Seminar goals Facilitator performance Your natural pattern of strengths General comments

73 Thanks for coming!

74 Lunch Break

75 We resume tomorrow at 8 am End of day

76 10 Minute Break


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