I recently read Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath. As part of reading the book you take the online test The Clifton StrengthsFinder, which they describe thus:
The Clifton StrengthsFinder measures the presence of talent in 34 categories called “themes.” These themes were determined by Gallup as those that most consistently predict outstanding performance. The greater the presence of a theme of talent within a person, the more likely that person is to spontaneously exhibit those talents in day-to-day behaviors.
The test tells you what your key (i.e. top five) strengths are. The premise behind the whole thing, which I would find it hard to disagree with, is that you should focus on developing and using your strengths rather than trying, vainly to make any significant inroads with you weaknesses.
A large part of the book is then devoted to providing you ‘suggested actions’ based on your strengths and to a lesser degree some ideas on how to work with people with certain strengths.
They also suggest you share these with people with whom you collaborate, so here you go…
- Futuristic People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.
- Activator People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.
- Focus People who are especially talented in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.
- Responsibility People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.
- Strategic People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
I don’t know if I would have picked exactly these five but there are certainly a lot of things that I didn’t get that definitely aren’t my strengths so, maybe… If anything the excercise has reassured me that I’m working towards the right goals, which is nice.
So, to it…