CLIFTONSTRENGTHS

“the key to human development is building on who you already are”

Tom Rath

FOCUS ON WHAT IS RIGHT WITH PEOPLE

HOW WE BEHAVE IS AN EXPRESSION OF WHAT WE VALUE

People tend to behave in a predictable fashion. We call this consistent pattern of behaviour, Personality and we have different ways of describing these personalities. Psychometric assessments generate “types” that help this description process but in essence, personality is how people regularly show up.

The challenge is that most people struggle to accurately identify and articulate their own personalities. Gallup’s CliftonStrengths (Strengthsfinder) provides a powerful framework for describing someone’s personality.  .

The CSF has been carefully developed to reveal a person’s core yearnings or Signature themes.

More importantly, the Strengths framework goes on to suggest that what people value also represents their greatest talent. So not only does one get a picture of what each person values when you take the CSF, but you also get a picture of where a person’s natural talent lies. Once one understands how each person trusts and communicates and is afforded an opportunity to play to their natural talent, a powerful team results.

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Why Take it?

The Clifton StrengthsFinder® measures the presence of 34 talent themes. Talents are people’s naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied. The Top 5 version will reveal your 5 core Signature themes that dominate how you behave.

In discovering what your core talent themes are, you can gain life changing insight including understanding what motivates you, why you do what you do, what you intrinsically expect from your environment, how you connect to other people and possible environments that will best suit who you.

Background

In 2001, Gallup introduced the world to the original Clifton StrengthsFinder® assessment in Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book became a New York Times bestseller and sold nearly 2 million copies. Its author and creator of the Clifton StrengthsFinder, former Gallup chairman Dr. Donald O. Clifton (1924-2003), was named the Father of Strengths-Based Psychology by the American Psychological Association.

In 2004, the assessment’s name was formally changed to “Clifton StrengthsFinder®” in honor of its chief designer. In 2007, Gallup published StrengthsFinder® 2.0 and unveiled the new and upgraded version of its popular assessment. StrengthsFinder® 2.0 instantly became a Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, and USA Today bestseller. The book has sold more than 4 million copies to date and was named Amazon’s bestselling book of 2013.

Gallup has published more than half a dozen books focused on strengths-based development in various roles. All of these books have used the Clifton StrengthsFinder® as the cornerstone of strengths discovery and personal improvement.

How does it Work?

The Clifton StrengthsFinder® measures the presence of talents in 34 general areas referred to as “Signature themes.” These Signature themes represent what how you naturally think, feel, and behave as unique individuals.

Over a secure connection, the Clifton StrengthsFinder® presents 178 items to the respondent. Each item consists of a pair of potential self-descriptors, such as “I read instructions carefully” versus “I like to jump right into things.” The descriptors are placed as if anchoring polar ends of a continuum. The respondent is then asked to choose from that pair the statement that best describes him or her, and to what extent that chosen option is descriptive. The respondent gets 20 seconds to respond to a given pair of descriptors before the system moves on to the next pair. (Clifton StrengthsFinder® developmental research showed that the 20-second limit resulted in a negligible item non-completion rate.)

Upon completing the Clifton StrengthsFinder® assessment, respondents receive a report displaying their top five (most dominant) themes. The respondent then has the opportunity to delve into those themes to discover his or her greatest talents.

What do I do once I have my results?

While it is unlikely that your results will be a total surprise, there is the possibility that one or two themes may be not what you expected. This is the value of the assessment. It gives you a very accurate picture of what drives your personality at a sub-conscious level. More importantly, it is often these “hidden” aspects of who you are, that can “hijack” our behaviour; so being able to “see” them for the first time can be very empowering.

To help you come to grips with your results and to supplement the information Gallup provides, we have created a handy App (MStrengthsApp) that will give you access to detailed information on all 34 themes. The App is designed to walk you through the true nature of each of each Signature theme in an easy to understand way.

Influencing Themes

(I like motivating)

  • Activator®
  • Command®
  • Communication®
  • Competition®
  • Maximizer®
  • Self-Assurance®
  • Significance®
  • Woo®

Influencing Themes

(I like caring)

  • Adaptability®
  • Connectedness®
  • Developer®
  • Empathy®
  • Harmony®
  • Includer®
  • Individualization®
  • Positivity®
  • Relator®

Thinking Themes

(I like Thinking)

  • Analytical®
  • Context®
  • Futuristic®
  • Ideation®
  • Input®
  • Intellection®
  • Learner®
  • Strategic®

Executing Themes

(I like getting stuff done)

  • Achiever®
  • Arranger®
  • Belief®
  • Consistency®
  • Deliberative®
  • Discipline®
  • Focus®
  • Responsibility®
  • Restorative®

For more information on each of the 34 themes, follow this link:

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