November 2007, we moved into a house I had never stepped foot in and that did not have a pool. It was part of my strategy. I've never been completely hung up on what house I live in, because I've always felt that home is what you make it, not so much about bricks and mortar. A pool though, is an amenity I knew I did NOT want in my house. Two kids under five made the idea of a pool far more work (and stress) than it could ever be worth.
Richard, on the other hand, grew up in Miami and considers a pool as essential as a refrigerator or, more appropriately, locks on your doors.
My strategy... concede on the house unseen, in a location Richard wanted, but stand my ground on NO pool. That was November 2007. Remember, my StrengthsQuest themes are: Strategic, Focus, Achiever, Input, and Ideation.
August 3, 2009, 1:00 p.m. Robertson's Pool Service was measuring our backyard and working up an estimate for a pool installation.
Have I mentioned what my husband's themes are? Richard's themes are: Competition, Strategic, Command, Communication, and Significance. Apparently he had a strategy all his own. Get me in the house of his liking, let me experience summers of 100+ degree days, and give the kids time to grow up and learn to swim. Then, revisit the notion of a pool.
It's true. The idea of a pool is looking better these days than it was almost two years ago.
Here's where the fun of StrengthsQuest comes in...
Remember... the beauty of StrengthsQuest is understanding the unique combinations of our strengths and how those combinations influence the way we go about living life.
Combine Strategic, Input, and Ideation. Here's what it looks like. Mill over the idea of a pool for a long time. Slowly warm up to the possibility. Mill some more. Begin developing a strategy for the who, what, where, when, and why. Peruse brochures to get ideas about pool selections, gather information to understand the ripple effect this will have on landscaping in our backyard, invite a landscaper to our house for his/her insights, discuss and develop a savings plan, consider and reconsider whether a pool is a good idea after all. My emphasis? A strategic plan based on ideas (ideation) and information (input).
Combine Richard's Strategic with Command. Here's what it looks like. Hear "pool" uttered from Claudia's lips. Promptly call three pool companies in two days to provide estimates. Arrange financing through Dawn at Citibank. The emphasis here is on strategically spotting an "in" and immediately taking charge (command).
I'm counting on my achiever theme and his communication theme to get us through this one.
So how about you? Remind us of what your five themes are and then tell us...
What's going on in your house, or with your friends, these days? What influence do you see your StrengthsQuest themes having on the course of things?
Also, let's welcome our resident experts, Jess, Melissa, and Marcy. They are all back from vacation and will hopefully check in sometime Saturday and/or Sunday.
I'll check back...