From Stan and His Four Fantastic Powers to Alexander Hamilton

From Stan and His Four Fantastic Powers to Alexander Hamilton
Authors: (left to right) Max Schiller Marge Schiller Sarah Schiller

We just got back from an overnight trip to New York city to see the Broadway show Hamilton.  Grandchildren Sarah and Max and their Dad, Andy, drove with me from home in Massachusetts to see this amazing piece of history, drama and music. We went to New York City and a Broadway theatre. Alexander Hamilton was an extraordinary man and a true  founding Father of America. On the trip home we had a conversation about Hamilton and his FOUR FANTASTIC POWERS. I took notes.  It has been suggested that our weaknesses are the over use of our strengths (Myers & Briggs) so on the way home we talked about Alexander Hamilton and the use of his Four Fantastic Powers.
~ Marge Schiller


Hamilton was an extremely intelligent man who affects our country even today with his policies about government debt and the co-founding of the federalist party. We have the evidence in his writings. However, he also overused his ME power often bragging, being overconfident, and underestimating others.

This was a great strength that Hamilton used well and wisely.  He was great at envisioning the future, creating a plan, and most importantly, following through. Many of his ideas are still valid. The basis of the USA monetary system was largely his vision.  Hamilton was born on the Caribbean island of Nevis. He was an orphan with no resources and yet he was able to look past his circumstances and envision a better future. While he was living on the island his main concern was just to stay alive. However, when he came to NYC he started to use his SEE Power.  Even though he never became President, the effects of his position as Secretary of the Treasury still affect America today. His SEE power had one fatal flaw though, he couldn’t see the world past himself. Although he was able to envision America after his death. his weakness was his inability to see the world from the perspective of others.

This was an underdeveloped strength and could be labeled a weakness. He was not always successful in his relationships with his colleagues. He could be childish and get into fights. Hamilton preferred to work by himself. His family had many tragedies but he was not always able to support the people he loved.

Wow.  His DO power was extraordinary.  The volume of his work and the amount of writing Hamilton did would have him labeled a “workaholic” if he lived today. His genius was recognized by General and then President George Washington. When given an assignment Hamilton always did what was needed. He got the job done. He not only developed extraordinary strategies. He was able to make his ideas actually happen. When it came to his work life Hamilton’s Do Power was very strong, but it was not as
strong when it came to his personal life. For example, making time for his wife, Eliza, was much harder for Hamilton because he was so captivated by his job and the responsibilities that came with it. So, what did we learn?

Looking at historic figures and the over or under use of their powers is interesting. Thinking about how we over or under our own powers is challenging!

Hamilton got the job done as a subordinate. When he took a more executive role he really shined. He wouldn’t give up but was open for compromise. He was charismatic.  And he was extremely productive. Alexander Hamilton was an exceptional person.  He was a do-er and that was arguably his greatest strength.
~Max Schiller and Sarah Schiller

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