What: Learn your top 5 StrengthsFinder themes.
Why: In order to develop a strategy, you first need to know yourself.
The essence of strategy is making choices: determining how to get to where you want to go. The most foundational thing you can do to clarify where you want to go is develop a more robust understanding of yourself, for “you cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more of who you already are.”
This is why StrengthsFinder (SF) is extremely helpful. Basing it on Gallup’s 40-year study of human strengths, a group of scientists and psychologists created the first version of this self-assessment tool in 2001 and it has helped millions of individuals and teams gain a more accurate and applicable understanding of themselves ever since.
Although I have taken many self-assessments (e.g., MBTI, Enneagram, Birkman, DISC, HPI, HPVI, etc.), I and many of my clients, colleagues, and friends have found SF the most readily applicable of the assessments in work settings. It is for this reason that we at LIFT SME offer it as a foundational self-assessment tool and use it to orient leaders and their teams.
From the StrengthsFinder website:
Having a clear picture of who you are and your biggest strengths and weaknesses is one of the most strategic approaches to addressing the complexities in your business.
- Top 5 CliftonStrengths Access gives you a partial view of your CliftonStrengths profile and basic strategies to help you start using your CliftonStrengths 1-5 to succeed.
- NOTE: Gallup recommends CliftonStrengths 34 for a comprehensive and powerful way to maximize your full potential.
- This digital product includes one access code to complete the CliftonStrengths assessment.
- After you complete the assessment, you will receive your personalized results for CliftonStrengths 1-5 and supporting tools and resources.
Purchase the book (which often comes with a code for the top 5 themes assessment) from Amazon here, or purchase the $19.99 initial top 5 theme assessment directly from the Gallup Strength Center here.