Episode 152: Finding Connection – A Conversation with Barbara Fillion

December 1, 2020

Winning Others Over.

For some, winning others over is as natural as putting one foot in front of the other. For others, it’s a challenge. And for still others, they’d rather leave that role to someone else.

Today we have a conversation with Barbara Fillion, a local and conference leader in the United Methodist Church, an advocate for women in politics, and a superstar at leveraging her number one talent theme, WOO (Winning Others Over).

Barb shares how her deep and natural desire to find connections with others propels her to lead as a member of the Matriots, political campaigns, the local church, travel, and even in interactions with friends of her adult children.

As you listen to today’s episode, consider the questions below.

Connect with Barb on Facebook and let her know you listened to this episode.

Questions for reflection

  1. What connections do you need to intentionally nurture in this season of life and leadership?
  2. How are your strengths guiding you to do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God?

Strengths Mentioned in this Episode


People exceptionally talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with someone.


People exceptionally talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They want to do things now, rather than simply talk about them.


People exceptionally talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.


People exceptionally talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to determine how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.


People exceptionally talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.