Timothy J. Simmons’ Strengths explain what kind of person he is.

Taken from a Strengths Finder assessment by the Gallop Organization (written in third person).


You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other Themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. The thrill of the first few facts; the early efforts to recite or practice what you have learned; the growing confidence of a skill mastered-these aspects of the learning process entice you. Your excitement leads you to engage in adult learning experiences-yoga or piano lessons or graduate classes at the local college. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work environments in which you are asked to take on short-term project assignments and are expected to learn a lot about the new subject matter in a brief period of time, and then move on to the next one. The Learner Theme does not necessarily mean that you seek to become the subject matter expert, nor that you are striving toward the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential. The outcome of the learning is less significant than the "getting there."


Your Relator Theme describes your attitude toward your relationships. In simple terms, Relator pulls you toward people you already know. You do not necessarily shy away from meeting new people-in fact, you may have other Themes that cause you to enjoy the thrill of turning strangers into friends-but you do derive a great deal of pleasure and Strength from being around your close friends. You are comfortable with intimacy. In fact, once the initial connection has been made, you deliberately encourage a deepening of the relationship. You want your friends to know you well. You want to know them well. You want to understand their feelings, their goals, their fears and their dreams; and you want them to understand yours. You know that this kind of closeness implies a certain amount of risk-you might be taken advantage of-but you are willing to accept this risk. For you, a relationship has value only if it is genuine. And the only way to know that it is genuine is to entrust yourself to the other person. The more you share with each other, the more you risk together. The more you risk together, the more each of you can prove your caring is genuine. These are your steps toward real friendship, and you take them willingly.


Your Achiever Theme helps explain your drive. Achiever indicates a constant need for achievement. You feel as if every day starts at zero. By the end of the day, you must achieve something tangible in order to feel good about yourself. By "every day," you mean every single day-workdays, weekends, vacations. No matter how much you might legitimately deserve to take a day of rest, if that day passes without achievement you will feel dissatisfied. You have an internal fire burning away inside of you. It pushes you to do more, to achieve more. After each accomplishment is reached, the fire dwindles for a moment, but very soon it rekindles itself, forcing you to keep climbing toward the next objective, and then the next. Your relentless need for achievement might not be logical; it might not even be focused. It is, however, insatiable, and it will always be with you. As an Achiever, you must learn to live with this whisper of discontent. It does, after all, have its benefits. It brings you the energy you need to work long hours without burning out. It is the jolt you can always count upon to get you started on new tasks, new challenges. It is the power supply that causes you to set the pace and define the levels of productivity for your work group. It is the Theme that keeps you moving.


You love to solve problems. Whereas some are dismayed when they encounter yet another breakdown, you are energized by it. You thrill to the challenge of analyzing the symptoms, identifying what is wrong and finding the solution. You may prefer practical, conceptual, or personal problems. You may seek specific kinds of problems that you have met many times before and that you are confident you can fix. Or you may feel the greatest rush when faced with complex and unfamiliar problems-your exact preferences will be determined by your other Strengths and experiences. What is certain is that you enjoy bringing things back to life. It is a wonderful feeling to identify the undermining factor(s), eradicate them, and restore the object of your efforts to its true glory. Intuitively, you know that without your intervention, this thing-this machine, this person, this company-might have ceased to function. You fixed it. Resuscitated it. Rekindled its vitality. Or, phrasing it the way you might, you saved it.

Your StrengthsFinder® Signature Themes

Respondent ID: 2147339406 From your responses to the StrengthsFinder® certain patterns have emerged. Out of the 35 themes there are five themes that may be your signature themes. Signature themes are those spontaneous, recurring patterns of behaviours as well as feelings and thoughts that people resonate in expressing and mark their strengths as individuals. Read the listed signature themes and study them to see how they fit your own behaviours. Applying these themes to your life may well increase both your satisfaction and your productivity.

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