The Clifton StrengthsFinder is a 30 minute online assessment which results in a list of your top five talent themes and how you can develop and use your talents to achieve academic, professional, and personal success. Below are my top five themes with a description of each.
People who are especially talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. We spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements. Over time many will seek us out for help and encouragement knowing that our helpfulness is both genuine and fulfilling to them.
“Wouldn’t it be great if . . .” People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. We inspire others with our visions of the future.
People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations. We do not necessarily feel pity for each person’s predicament—this would be sympathy, not Empathy. We do not necessarily condone the choices each person makes, but we do understand. This instinctive ability to understand is powerful.
People who are especially talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. We seek to transform something strong into something superb. We don’t want to spend our lives bemoaning what we lack. Rather, we want to capitalize on the gifts with which we are blessed. It’s more fun. It’s more productive. And, counter-intuitively, it is more demanding.
People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. We take great satisfaction from being busy and productive. It is the jolt we can always count on to get us started on new tasks, new challenges. It is the power supply that causes us to set the pace and define the levels of productivity for your work group. It is the theme that keeps us moving.
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