Gallup's research on the CliftonStrengths profiling tool shows that the odds of having the same top 5 themes in the same order as somebody else is about 1 in 33 million. This means that in your lifetime, you may never meet somebody else with the same top 5 talent themes as you, let alone have...
I have always admired what teachers do. I married a teacher, and I have so many good friends who chose this vocation.
As a StrengthsFinder coach in Singapore, I also have the added privilege of working with many school leaders and teachers, conducting Strengths-based Leadership Workshops for...
Most managers are hired or promoted to fulfill two primary functions:
- Deliver outcomes
- Develop their staff towards higher performance
To date, over 50 million people worldwide have taken some form of the DiSC assessment.
In contrast, only 16 million have taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 profiling test.
What’s the difference between the two tools, especially for personal or professional development?
If you’re familiar with Tom Rath’s Strengths-based Leadership, you’ve probably heard the statement,
“The most effective leaders are always investing in strengths.”
One Sunday, I was sitting around with a few other folks from the young adults group I was involved in. I got to talking about my work as a StrengthsFinder Coach (a common occurrence, if you hang around me often), and one of the young adults there remarked that she’d recently taken the...
"We can do this!"
People with Positivity in their CliftonStrengths profile enjoy seeing others smile. They relish the moment when others' eyes light up, and they love to see people being encouraged.
"This needs to be fixed."
Those with Restorative in their StrengthsFinder profiles enjoy problem-solving. When approaching any situation, simply thinking about what's wrong energizes those with Restorative and empowers them to think about solutions to move forward.
Those with Competition in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results intuitively benchmark themselves against others. They see the world as a playing field, and they want to win.
“Why do you keep doing things at the very last minute?”
I used to think of this as a very bad habit - to procrastinate and wait till the very last moment before getting anything done. I never quite understood why people behaved that way. That is, until I began to understand people with...
"What’s our main goal?"
People with Focus in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results enjoy zooming in on the task that sits on top of their priority list and working at it. They need a clear goal or outcome to perform at their best.
As a StrengthsFinder Coach, I get tons of questions that begin with, “So you mean that (insert myth here), right?” It’s time to clear all doubt on what StrengthsFinder can and cannot do – what it is and isn’t. I’ll take you through 12 myths that need to be busted.
"I already knew that."
The Wife calls this the conversation killer.
When the Wife shares with me a new discovery or something she learnt, this statement "I already knew that" is usually a response that puts her off.
Calling out fellow Command mates. We are a rare breed (in fact, Command is the rarest strength in the world). Perhaps that’s why we are often misunderstood and sometimes even labelled as “bossy.” While there is some truth in that (particularly when our Command talent theme is still in its...
It was a little past 1 a.m., and I’d been out walking around my neighbourhood for 3 hours. I’d clocked over 20,000 steps on my Fitbit, and ventured into more dark alleys, desolate parking lots, and previously unexplored territories than I cared to count.
"What a great idea!"
People with Ideation in their CliftonStrengths results are fascinated by ideas. They derive great joy and excitement whenever a new idea occurs to them.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle
Those with the Maximizer CliftonStrengths theme in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results have a high regard for excellence. "From Good to Great" is a tagline that they can identify with.
With the Activator StrengthsFinder theme in my top 5, these are the two most common words I use in my everyday life.
One day, I came home and found a to-do list for me smacked onto the fridge.
Work of the Wife. Hallmark of an Achiever.
Families are complicated…and some more complicated than others. The people closest to us see the best and the worst of us, and vice versa. Yet even though our family members are such familiar figures in our lives, at times it feels like they’re the biggest mystery of all – particularly when...
When I think of the Strategic talent theme, Zhuge Liang, a famous Strategist in Ancient China, instantly comes to mind. At his peak, he was known as a master tactician, brilliant advisor and insightful leader.
Those with ‘Relator’ in their top 5 Strengthsfinder results have an innate motivation to go deep in any relationship.
People with Arranger in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results enjoy managing different variables and moving parts as they work towards a productive outcome. They are energized by the process of aligning and realigning to find the best configuration possible.
"I can foresee that..."
Those with Futuristic in their CliftonStrengths profile enjoy thinking about the future. They love to dream. They love to envision what the future would look like and are inspired by what it has in store for them.
At Strengths School, we believe in creating a culture of empowerment for everyone who works with us, in line with our vision of “Seeing every generation live out their full potential.” For this reason, we actively seek out young people with the same heart to equip, nurture, and create...
Those strong in the Communication talent theme generally love to express themselves and bring energy into dialogues. They turn events into stories that they can tell.
"Values are like fingerprints. Nobody's are the same, but you leave them all over everything you do." - Elvis Presley
People with Belief in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results possess core values that are enduring. Often, their Belief talent theme causes them to be family-oriented, altruistic...
"I'd like to hear what everyone thinks." People with Harmony in their top 5 StrengthsFinder results believe that there is little to be gained from conflict. They believe that conflict produces too many negative emotions that drain the energy of people. Instead, they aim to find areas of...
“You are capable of so much more!"
Those with Developer in their CliftonStrengths results desire to see people grow from strength to strength. Because of this, the genius of Developer talents lies in the ability to see the unfulfilled potential in people and to actively invest in nurturing...
"I want to leave a legacy.”
This is one of the most misunderstood CliftonStrengths themes and it is not hard to guess why.