As you know, I love to read and read around 3 books a week. One short book that I’ve had on my “on deck” pile for quite a while is StrengthsFinder2.0 by Tom Rath. When you get the book, they give you an access code in the back of the book for you to take your very own strength/talent assessment called The Clifton StrengthsFinder.

As you may or may not know, 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. Focusing on naturally powerful talents helps people use them as the foundation of strengths and enjoy personal, academic, and career success through consistent, near-perfect performance.

Below are my top five themes of talent, ranked in the order revealed by my responses to the Clifton StrengthsFinder.

Achiever

People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.

Belief

People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.

Woo

People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.

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.

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.

So, that’s how I’m wired and how God made me. Each of you has your own set of top 5 strengths or themes. The key is finding these out, using that knowledge to do work/careers that feed your soul and fit your strengths and letting your employer know your top 5 so that they can know how to best relate to and work with you.

One of my personal frustrations is people that focus too much on their weaknesses – always trying to stretch their 2 to a 4. You’re still a 4! Focus on turning your 7 into a 9. I’ll step off my soap box. So, have you taken the test? If so, share your top 5 in the comment section. If not, check out the book HERE and discover your strengths!

 

Greg Atkinson

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