Never be Afraid to be the Best You! by Jean Fauchon

Jean Fauchon, teacher at John Paul II Collegiate, is one of the kindest and humblest humans that I know. So, many are surprised by his competitive strength. If you want something accomplished he’s your man! There is very little that he can’t do. He’s a published author, nationally recognized coach and official, award winning teacher, accomplished traveler, and, did I mention, an AMAZING human! Learn more about how he uses his competitive strength in this video.

Competition: Growth, Improvement & Innovation

Competition is a means of measuring and comparing performance. It is dependent on other people participating which is why the competition theme is from the influencing domain. Individuals with the competition strength count on others to push performance and improve outcomes. They inspire others to strive for more and greater results. This pursuit of excellence can be contagious and motivating. It is essential for continuous improvement in the classroom or in any organization.

Those who are truly high in the competition theme want to and like to win. They might enjoy a friendly competition but they generally don’t compete for fun and might even avoid tasks if they don’t believe they can win. For this reason, encouraging them to identify daily measures of success will help them to stay motivated, engaged, and seeking the win. Like the achiever who enjoys crossing things off a list, the competitor enjoys accomplishing task to improve performance and can help others to do the same.

In the classroom, this teacher becomes a good coach who is capable of helping everyone experience success. This teacher ensures that all learners understand well and perform at high levels. This teacher will work with each learner to make sure that the whole class triumphs. For this reason, high stakes assessment or performance tasks don’t intimidate this teacher. S/he can be counted on to rise to the challenge and prepare students.

Students high in the competitive strength are driven to be the best. As a result, they benefit from learning how to set appropriate goals and how to determine what is most important. Developing strategies and tools to deal with disappointment, to motivate others without judgment, and to persist in the face of defeat are key to ensuring that the competitive strength is used to create a culture of excellence rather than an environment of judgement and demands. In athletics, this is know as sportsmanship but in the classroom or other contexts it’s about developing a virtuous character to inspire and boost others in order to grow, improve, and innovate.

Fearlessness and Perseverance: The Significance Strength

by Deanna Poitras

I push, I pull, I dig and I do. I achieve, I change, and I take charge. I can make a difference and get others to achieve their potential too. I have a solid character and a soft heart. I am a leader and I am not afraid to stand out in front and take risks. I aim to achieve and aim to please.

– Deanna Poitras

The significance strength is all about confidence and pride. Those with significance demonstrates professionalism, success, and credibility, as well as, hard work, passion, and independence. THAT’S ME!

I fulfill commitments. I maintain high expectations of others and myself. I take risks. I allow myself to feel proud of my strengths and accomplishments while accepting any challenges and defeats that come my way.

I seek out ways to steadily improve, be it, as a leader of an organisation or as a person.

I push to complete tasks that will eventually act as a model for others. I allow others to see that to be significant also means allowing others to see that in reaching for further achievements also means learning from potential mistakes. Being an achiever does not equal being infallible. It means not being afraid to step back and learn from my mistakes.

This strength allows me to “stick to my guns” or follow through with what I believe and my passion;  I am a product of French Immersion, working in French Immersion and being challenged every day living and working in an Anglophone community. It doesn’t get more challenging than that. When decisions are made, based on research and experience, and changes are required from the decisions made, there is always resistance. This strength keeps me from becoming drawn in by resistance. It allows me to take the time to sit back and see how I might be able to carry on the French traditions and build capacity within our French community.

My strength of significance will ensure that those I am called to help and support will get help and support. I will see that through.

This strength does not always allow me to be fully appreciative of efforts that don’t “measure up” and I may push others too hard and lack in compassion. My strength can be intimidating and also let others feel that I would prefer to work or achieve alone…..NOT THE CASE….. I believe in my abilities and I am not afraid to share.

People with this strength are who you want on your team! They make a difference! I believe that my contributions to our TEAM have been helpful and appreciated and that is what I want.