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Talents & Burnout: Connectedness®



People exceptionally talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links among all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has meaning.

​- Gallup CliftonStrengths® Themes Quick Reference Guide -


Certain changes can often force us apart from those we usually rely on. Those with Connectedness® talents can find this especially challenging; particularly in our current pandemic. Frustration and burnout can potentially build through any of the following:


If stay-at-home and/or social distancing practices continue for extended periods, it may become harder and harder to see or feel how they are part of something bigger. ​

As those with Connectedness® talents often carry a “karma-driven” world view, they may become frustrated, depressed, or despondent at the lack of reaction by government and leading organizations…particularly as the number of cases and deaths continue to rise. Emotional burnout could ensue if they overexert themselves trying to "course correct" the entire nation or planet all on their own.

With many museums, bookstores, and churches remaining closed, those with Connectedness® talents may be left with few avenues to find (or re-find) connection nexuses:

  • ​Closed museums limit finding and understanding possible connections between our past, present, and future.

  • Closed churches limit the opportunity for spiritual connections to fellow parishioners, faith leaders, and to God (or their chosen supreme being).

  • Closed libraries limit their ability to access new information and form new mental connections.

As a leader or teammate, you can help those with Connectedness® talents avoid burnout by helping them in the following ways:


Keep the big picture front and center. If you can help them identify a "true north" anchor point, they can help you build meaning from there.

Provide opportunities for them to share lessons, ideas, insights garnered from their roles as parents/caregivers and at-home-teachers (if applicable) that could benefit the company. Their minds often develop links across disciplines and across areas of their lives. Allowing them to express those links will alleviate their frustration and might even help you build a better organization. Share what your organization’s or team’s COVID response is within the community. Make them a part of your organization’s community outreach. Good, positive vibes going out will fuel good, positive vibes coming back to the organization.


As with coaching any individual, their combined set of talent themes will effect how their Connectedness® talents show up, and how to best manage them. As a beginning, next time you check-in with them, ask,


What is giving you a sense of purpose

​during this time of change?


Photo by Tim Marshall on Unsplash


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