People with the Futuristic talent theme from StrengthsFinder are especially talented at visioneering what could be.

Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Mark Zuckerberg love to inspire people with a dream of the future.
They vision and engineer the possibilities of tomorrow. They see what an ideal world could be.

Understanding the Futuristic Strength

Futuristic is a strategic thinking theme that ranks 25 out of all 34 strengths.  Futuristic is most likely paired with strategic at .37 percent, least likely paired with context and consistency at .04 percent.  It doesn’t mean that it’s unable to happen but wouldn’t it be an incredible balance if someone had context, the ability to look backwards, and futuristic, the ability to look forward, in their top five together.  It’s not impossible, it could happen.  Maybe you’re the person reading today that has that top five.

Words that describe people with futuristic are visionary, imaginer, creative, forecaster, expressive, pioneering, future oriented, perceptive, revolutionary and innovative.

The Balcony of Futuristic

Futuristic helps us to look beyond the ordinary.  It brings innovative creativity in business, in products, in teams, in life, and in the world.

People with futuristic are visionary.  They love and are inspired by dreaming.  They hate the contentment with the status quo.
They need opportunities to talk about the foreseeing future, to share about the possibilities of what could be.

Elon Musk’s bold and ambitious visioneering of the Tesla model S and X will eventually drive itself from New York to Los Angeles.
The current summon feature lets users, park and retrieve their cars even with no one inside of it up to 39 feet.

Richard Branson visioneered Virgin Galactic with the purpose of becoming the space line for Earth; democratizing access to space for the benefit of life on Earth.
If you want to be fly to space then you need to submit your Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut Application Form and reserve your seat for $250,000 dollars up front deposit.

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.
Mark Zuckerberg expanded the vision and shared at the Mobile World Congress that he wants everyone to be able to share and experience content in virtual reality.
He has put together a team that is in the process of visioneering this project as well as creating an AI powered butler for his home, much like that of Tony Stark’s Jarvis in Iron Man.

The Power is your intense ability to imagine, and see what is possible.
The Joy is inspiring others with a vision and the realization of those precious dreams.
The Beauty is seen in the vision casting and potential pursued.
The Hope is to break through to the good, better, the best.

The Basement of Futuristic

Speeding or overusing the futuristic strength, may appear to others that your head is in the clouds.  They may secretly think, you’re living in a fantasyland.

You’re out in left field.  You lack practicality.

Mature Futuristic can communicate vivid possibilities rather than just daydreaming in your own head.
Developed Futuristic can face the reality of today’s work to produce a better tomorrow.
Cruising Futuristic will pull you and others forward from the negativity of today.

Futuristic could be so preoccupied with tomorrow that I’m not ready for today.  Be ready to face today so you can create tomorrow with your futuristic talent.

Contrasting the Futuristic Strength

People with adaptability might say I’m so occupied with today that I’m not ready for tomorrow.

Futuristic says I’m so preoccupied with tomorrow, I’m not ready for today.

Futuristic says, I can see a better world.
Strategic says I can see the root that will take us to a better world.

Charles Kettering who was an inventor said, “My interest is in the future because I’m going to spend the rest of my life there.”

Action items for the Futuristic Strength

Surround yourself with other business leaders who also want to develop their business towards their big dreams and their big goals going forward.

Teach others how to dream with your futuristic talent theme.  Ask them questions and get them dreaming and soaring forward.
Learn to communicate your dreams in a way that will inspire and pull people forward.
Ask your team and family members where they want to be in 5, 10, 15 years.
Read the book Visioneering by Andy Stanley.

Discovery Questions for the Futuristic Strength

What is your vision for your career and personal life?                                                                                                               With whom do you want to share your visions with?                                                                                                               What difference would you like to make in your work, home, and world?                                                                         What plans are you putting into action to visioneer your dreams?                                                                                      What teams do you need to visioneer your dreams? 

Visioneering what could be was modeled by Abraham Lincoln when he said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

About the author: Brent O’Bannon coaches individuals, teams, and organizations as the first GALLUP Certified Strengths Coach in the world. He is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author and you can learn more at


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