1. What is StrengthsFinder®?
StrengthsFinder® is a language to explain the talents found in humanity. We discover these talents by doing the StrengthsFinder® online personal assessment. The results from this assessment outline the Strengths of each unique individual. Each person possesses a combination of universal attributes, defined as talent themes, that explains the way one functions or excels in particular fields. StrengthsFinder® aims to help people leverage on Strengths rather than focus on weaknesses.
The philosophy behind StrengthsFinder® is backed up by research from Gallup. Through years of extensive research and studies on 2 million individuals across the globe, Gallup has proven that people succeed when they focus on what they do best. The 2 key findings from the Gallup research provide the foundation as to why I use StrengthsFinder® in all the programs that I run:
- The best of the best build their lives around talents
- The best of the best invent ways of developing and applying strengths in areas where they want to improve, achieve, and become more effective
StrengthsFinder® was developed by American psychologist Donald O. Clifton, the culmination of more than 50 years of his lifelong work. Since its introduction in 2002, more than 14 million people around the world have taken the assessment and discovered their Strengths.
Clifton received an American Psychological Association Presidential Commendation as the ‘father of Strengths-Based Psychology” in 2002.
2. How have other organizations and teams benefitted from using StrengthsFinder®?
Different organizations and teams have chosen to use the StrengthsFinder® tool differently. The different StrengthsFinder® workshops that I run are based on the objectives that the team leaders have set. If you are a Leader in your organization desiring to use StrengthsFinder® for your team, read "StrengthsFinder for Organizations" to find out more!
3. How do I do the assessment to know my Strengths?
You can purchase your Top 5 StrengthsFinder® Online Assessment code here at USD $15.
The StrengthsFinder® assessment will take about 45 minutes to an hour to complete, with a time limit for every question. You are advised to give yourself sufficient uninterrupted time to complete the assessment.
3a. How do I unlock my full 34 Strengths?
If you have not previously done the StrengthsFinder® assessment, first purchase the Online StrengthsFinder Assessment to get your Top 5 strengths.
If you have previously unlocked your top 5 Strengths and wish to view your complete Strengths profile, sign into your Gallup Strengths Center account at www.GallupStrengthsCenter.com. Proceed to “Buy Products” to purchase a Clifton StrengthsFinder® Access Code that would upgrade your profile (“Beyond Your Top 5 Strengths”) for USD $74.
For the mobile app, you may purchase a Clifton StrengthsFinder® Access Code that would upgrade your profile (“All 34 Strengths Upgrade”) under “Get Your Strengths”.
4. Now that I know my Strengths, what is my next action step?
The most powerful way to get yourself moving from knowledge to application is to have a chat with a StrengthsFinder® Gallup-Certified Coach. You can contact me if you wish to receive coaching from me. Check out my blog posts especially those focusing on StrengthsFinder® Application to learn more. You can click here to read up more about the 34 Strengths. There are many published resources to develop your Strengths.
START TODAY! Introduce StrengthsFinder® to your family, friends, colleagues and your organization. Get everyone speaking the Strengths Language!
If you are a Team Leader or working in Human Resource and looking for good Team Building activities, consider using StrengthsFinder® for Team Building! Check out this blog post where I detailed 8 reasons why StrengthsFinder® is great for Team Building!
If you are a Team Leader looking for an excellent staff engagement or leadership development program, check out how I run the 1-2 days StrengthsFinder® Workshop for Teams and the different services I offered. Read the testimonials and what others have to say.
If you are looking for a tool that can help grow the quality of relationship with your spouse or your entire family, consider using StrengthsFinder® and leverage on the Strengths Language to develop closer relationships. Check out these blog posts where I write about using StrengthsFinder® for marriage and StrengthsFinder® for Family!
If you are an educator and looking for ways to help motivate your students for their academic studies, speak to me to learn more about Strengths for Education programs. I help to run customized student programs designed to help students discover their unique talents and leverage these talents towards better performances in their studies and personal leadership.
Rath, Tom (2007). StrengthsFinder 2.0. New York: Gallup Press.
Liesveld, R., Miller, J. A., Robinson, J. (2005). Teach With Your Strengths. New York: Gallup Press.