I’m a little bit obsessed with CliftonStrengths (formerly Strengthsfinder). It’s an online assessment (with supporting books and programs) that helps you identify where your innate talents lie. Idea being that when you focus your time, energy and attention on your greatest potential, that you will be happier, more successful, etc etc. (Tapping into your untapped talents, instead always trying to shore up your weaknesses.)
It helps people understand how to better work with and communicate with other people who have different proclivities and tendencies. Because, yeah, we all have different ways of seeing the world. And collaboration is really cool.
In this model, there are 34 defined talents and, naturally, you have more potential in some than others. The top five are where you should spend a good amount of time pondering. Top 10 helps to give you a broader picture. And, of course, looking at your “bottom” ranking talents is always fun and usually evokes some smiles and head nodding. But, of course, looking these over helps you identify potential blind spots.
Here’s what I know. I’ve taken the assessment about 4-5 times over the past 15 years. And my top 10 has generally stayed the same. Here’s an example of how it’s helped me: Knowing that my #2 strength is Maximizer, I understand the urge, the need that I have to make good things better.
I mean, it’s a wild and woolly tendency. Exhausting at times. Because every single bloody thing COULD be superb, could be better. Potential is everywhere. By using this model, I can think of this way of being (inclined to tinker with everything to make it better) as a tool that I can get better and better at managing so that it doesn’t blindly control me and make me compelled to control the quality of everything in my world.
Anyone reading this blog taken the Strengthfinder assessment?
My top five are: Connectedness, Maximizer, Learner, Empathy, Ideation
My bottom five are: Competition, Context, Consistency (totally true), Deliberative, Restorative
I’d love to hear yours!!!
Note: I just checked online and it looks like you can take the assessment and purchase the full 34 strengths report, or I believe you can purchase the book Strengthsfinder 2.0 and take the online test using the access code in the book.