In this episode, we discuss all things Restorative. Gallup Certified Strengths Coach Camille Hambey is here to help us dive deep into this Strength.

About Camille Hambey

Camille is a Senior Research Analyst at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and a member the Office of Secretary of Defense for Policy Design & Innovation Practice. As an analyst, she conducts research and analysis to resolve POW/MIA cold cases from the South East Asia Conflict. As a human-centered design practitioner, Camille facilitates workshops focused on organizational health as well as development of vision, mission and priorities.

In her role as a Strengths coach, Camille Hambey provides coaching to individuals, teams and managers within her agency and other Department of Defense partner organizations. Outside of her work in DOD, Camille is focused on providing Strengths coaching to veterans, women, small teams and families.

Camille is an Air Force veteran and graduate of Norwich University’s Public Administration Master’s program.

Camille’s Top 5 StrengthsFinder Strengths

  1. Restorative
  2. Harmony
  3. Learner
  4. Developer
  5. Connectedness

Key Takeaways

  • People especially talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what went wrong and resolving it.
  • Those with Restorative genuinely want to help. They like solving problems.
  • Each person’s focus of Restorative is absolutely driven by their other top Strengths.
  • While Maximizer can take one good iteration and make the next great, Restorative looks at problems or “broken things” and seeks to find a way to make them whole again.
  • Restoratives are very comfortable in problem-solving.
  • Knowing when to pick your battle is important. Teach yourself to stop and ask, “Is this mine to own?”
  • While StrengthsFinder is such a powerful tool, it is so much more powerful if you have someone to walk you through it, to help you understand it and gain perspective.

Listen in now!

Time-Stamped Show Highlights

  • [4:17] – Restorative defined, for Camille

The textbook definition involves, “Who, what, where, when, why and how?” Sometimes I feel like Sherlock Holmes just looking for the mystery!

  • [5:46] – Restorative’s contributions
  • [9:11] – Restorative’s needs

A challenge, a mystery to solve, and the empowerment to see it all the way through.

  • [9:48] – The role of perfectionism
  • [11:45] – Restorative and Harmony in combination
  • [13:34] – “Raw” versus “mature” Strengths

Your Strength themes are just talents. It helps you to see where your natural tendencies are. But just as with physical strength, you have to keep working at your talents to make them Strengths. We can continue to mature each one of our Strengths when we work on them on a daily basis.

  • [15:04] – Overuse patterns of Restorative
  • [17:16] – Tips for managing Restorative

Make sure you have a clear definition of success before you dive in.

  • [18:08] – Positivity and pessimism for Restorative
  • [19:12] – Who Camille leans on for different Strengths
  • [21:02] – A story of Camille’s Restorative in action
  • [26:27] – Parting tips for those with Restorative

Spend some time with literature to understand your theme as much as possible. And then seek roles where you’re paid to solve problems. Look for the challenges that other people are avoiding, because there’s a chance that you will actually enjoy it. And, every now and then, pick an easy challenge to give yourself a “quick win.” Taking the big and heavy problems all the time will wear you down.

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