CliftonStrengths© does not focus on the negative. Your assessment is not focused on eliminating weaknesses but on enhancing talents.
CliftonStrengths© comes from a very different place than most personality tests. It is not about making me a better, more self-satisfied person. It’s about excellence: how can I best contribute to society, my work team, my church, and my family?
An essential aspect of this: knowing myself. What comes easy to me? What consumes my energy? But most significant: where do I get my energy from? What motivates me? And what about the people around me?
Do you sometimes ask yourself
- Why do I make certain decisions?
- Why do I actually do what I do?
- Why do I like certain things?
- Why do some things come easier to me than others or others?
The reason is your talents.
It is essential to know the people around you. What tasks can I use to spur them on to excellence, and where do they need my support?
Diversity instead of classification
Most assessments divide people into 4, 9, or 16 classes. CSF acknowledges and celebrates everyone’s uniqueness.
Gallup researched for more than 40 years to identify 34 talent themes. Talent themes are bundles of talent. Talents are distinct behavioral, emotional, or thinking patterns that can be applied productively.
Talents are innate. People on average have ten dominant talent themes. These develop into strengths through investment. Nature and nurture. Strengths are talent themes that can be applied productively almost all the time.
The following talents are called supportive. It takes considerably more energy and effort to develop and apply them.
The last category is called lesser themes. Actually, they should be called nones, as no matter how much we invest, we have no access to them. We can either compensate for them using a combination of strengths to mimic them or complement ourselves with another person who has that talent theme within their strengths.
The talent themes are organized into domains.
- Strategic thinking: focuses on thorough planning
- Relationship Building: seeks people to work with
- Influencing: thinks of whom to inspire
- Execution: focuses on the work
It has been shown that a CliftonStrengths-based culture benefits employees’ productivity, wellness, and commitment to their company.
It can also help individuals develop into more authentic versions of themselves, couples to better understand each other, or churches to get the right people into the right places.
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