“What makes us weird also makes us wonderful; what makes us weak also makes us strong.”
The Leaning Tower
My good friend and author, David Rendall in his book, The Freak Factor uses this quote in relation to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa has a weakness and tilt. In the dark ages Napoleon was embarrassed because
of the tilt and spent millions trying to fix it. He could not. But the building is now popular because of the tilt.
People with the Restorative talent theme can understand that what makes us weird also make us wonderful.
Description of Restorative
People especially talented in restorative are adept at dealing with problems. They’re not only good at spotting problems but figuring out solutions and resolving them.
They notice the flaws, the shortcomings, the dysfunction, the pain. Restorative is ranked number 11 out of 34 talent themes.
You might describe a person with Restorative as a fixer or a troubleshooter. They’re investigative, responsive, and insightful. They’re a solution finder. The restorative person sees what’s broken but they also have this ability, when they’re cruising with restorative, to also see a vision of how to restore what is broken.
Balcony of Restorative
One of the reasons I chose my webmaster is because he has restorative in his top five and he is a genius at not only solving technology problems but he’s actually quite good at helping people solve problems. He has no problem dealing with the messiness of life.
One of the positives of Restorative is they’re not intimidated by pain or dysfunction.
They’re wonderful to have on a team because they make it safe for people to be real and authentic with their weaknesses or pain. This person can also be good at finding solutions to the pain. They can bring that sense of courage and creativity to problematic situations. They hate it when problems are ignored. They want problems to be faced and solutions to be found.
Basement of Restorative
But the basement of restorative is being overly critical of yourself, or maybe being somewhat pessimistic. It’s like a medical model. You find the illness, you find what is broken, and you fix it. Restorative might be someone opposite of the strengths movement because the focus is on what’s broken and how to fix it.
The strengths movement might be focused more on finding what’s right and then doing more of it.
So I think it’s important for people who may be strengths based to appreciate restorative and not see
it as a negative person. Similar to deliberative in the sense that they spot problems but they also see solutions.
Power – Joy – Beauty – Hope
The Power of Restorative is it’s tenacity in resolving problems.
The Joy of Restorative comes when a project, system, idea, program or person is restored.
The Beauty of Restorative is seen when your solutions have brought restoration, healing, and order.
The Hope of Restorative is that problems can always be solved.
Restorative in Contrast
If you think of Restorative as a troubleshooter think of Strategic as a map maker. Restorative might intentionally invade problem areas to restore the original state. Positivity might intentionally evade problem areas to maintain a positive emotional state.
Biblical point of view.
Galatians 6:1 says, “Brothers if someone is caught in a sin you who are spiritual should restore him gently.
But watch yourself or you also may be tempted.” A beautiful picture of restorative in helping those who need a gentle restorative touch.
Action steps for people with restorative.
Develop self-compassion. Give yourself a break. Remember that we all are human, infallible and broken and have weaknesses in some areas. That includes you with restorative, remember not to be so harsh on yourself.
Keep working on your positive growth mindset. I think it’s easy for restorative people to have these negative beliefs and automatic negative thoughts.
Discover what kinds of problems you are most talented at solving. Ask yourself, “What are my best stories how I have fixed problems?”
Karl Menninger, a psychiatrist, sums up Restorative with his quote, “Unrest of spirit is a mark of life; one problem after another presents itself and in the solving of them we can find our greatest pleasure.”
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