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  • Writer's pictureChad T. Ahern

Strengths Positioning: Achiever

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Ensuring success.

Leaders, and colleagues, need to position people on work project teams effectively and efficiently to ensure work gets done and stay engaged. A lot of leaders spend too much time trying to guess where to put people because they don't have a point of reference.

What follows is a "scouting report" for those with Achiever® talents.

If you are a leader or a colleague of someone with Achiever talents, consider how you can best position them in the context of your team and your projects. You can also use this as a discussion piece to find out how they see and use their Achiever talents.

Each person with Achiever talents operates differently. Make sure you're not missing out on their unique contribution.

Scouting Report

This theme thrives when it can ensure every project is a "score."


  • Will push themselves, and their teams, to remain focused on getting to the goal. They derive a lot of satisfaction and energy from finishing projects or tasks.

  • Will often maintain a running list of everything that needs to be accomplished. They might keep this list more for their own personal progress tracking, but the same ability can be used to the team’s benefit.

  • When the going gets tough, their high level of stamina is likely to carry the team through to the finish.

  • Brings a high level of diligence to their work


Ways in which this theme might "overplay" itself

  • Will consistently a running to-do list that never seems to get shorter. If the ratio of incomplete-to-complete is too high, they may experience frustration or burnout. Not enough to-dos and they can get restless.

  • May display more interest in the final goal, rather than the smaller steps to get there.

  • Might not take time to recognize & celebrate their accomplishments, or those of others. Rather they will push on to the next project.

Talent Combos / Position Modification

  • Learner: "The prepared Attacker" - Many Achievers (and fellow finishers) will try to brute force their way to the goal. Those who possess the Achiever-Learner combo are more likely to come to their projects (or game) having already studied the obstacles and opponents.

  • Command: "Attacking Midfielder" - When you add Command's penchant for embracing center stage (and center field), this combo has the ability to both "take charge" and finish. This pairing makes for a great addition to any team that is seeking a little extra help getting a project into the win column.

  • Activator: "A midfielder with range" - Activator often contributes through their ability to get things started once a work initiative has been defined. Someone with the Activator-Achiever combo is likely someone comfortable "running the length of the field"; at ease starting and finishing on their own. Be careful to ensure these teammates don't leave other helpful people (or talents) out of a project.

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