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A Program designed by Don Clifton, the father of Strengths Psychology.
In the mid 1960's, Clifton became interested in what’s right about people. He saw that most business and competency models dwelled on “areas of improvement”. He decided to focus on people's talents.
What did Clifton do?
In 1998, Clifton put together a team of scientists to develop a common language for talent.
Drawing from a data base of 100,000 talent-based interviews, they identified 34 themes of talent.
His team then developed an assessment called StrengthsFinder to help individuals discover their top 5 talents
Why is StrengthsQuest Important?
“At its fundamentally flawed core, the aim of almost any learning program is to help you become who you are not. If you don’t have natural talent with numbers, you’re still forced to spend time in that area to attain a degree. If you’re not very empathic, you get sent to a course designed to infuse empathy into your personality. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to our shortcomings than to our strengths” (Rath, 2007)
The Path of Most Resistance
Misguided Maxim: You can be anything you want to be, if you just try hard enough
The flaw in the story of Rudy Ruettiger
"You cannot be anything you want to be -
But you can be a lot more of what you already are."
What do you think?
When you’re not able to use your strengths at work, chances are that you:
*dread going to work
*have more negative than positive interactions with your colleagues
*treat your customers poorly
*tell your friends what a miserable company you work for
*achieve less on a daily basis
*have fewer positive and creative moments
What does the research say?
77% of parents think that a student’s lowest grades deserve the most attention. Excellence is rewarded with apathy instead of investing more time in the child’s potential for greatness. (Rath, 2007)
What are the 34 Strengths?
What is the difference between a talent and a strength?
Talent: just one component of strength.
Talent: a natural way of thinking, feeling, or behaving
Investment: time spent practicing, developing your skills, and building your knowledge base
Strength: The ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance. It is developed talent.
Rudy Ruetigger vs. Joe Montana
Recipe for Strength
Talent X Investment = Strength
Who uses StrengthsFinder?
What are your Strengths?
Find out at www.strengthsfinder.com
Rath, T. (2007). Strengthsfinder 2.0. New York, NY.
Braskamp, L. (2006). The Strengthsquest guidebook: Introducing strengths-based development and strengthsquest to higher education leaders. Retrieved from www.strengthsquest.com /content/StrengthsQuest_Guide_Book.pdf