StrengthsFinder

Gallup has an assessment called StrengthsFinder, which is meant to help individuals discover what they do best in the workplace. The individualized reporting is meant to enable employees to “be more engaged, more productive, and happier”.

My results have intrigued me.

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There are apparently several books on the subject.

The full report shows how you rank on the 34 StrengthsFinder themes, but you can get a “top five” list that identifies dominant talents, grouped into domains of executing, influencing, relationship, and strategic thinking.  I thought I’d share mine:

  1. Communication (in the Influencing domain)
    People exceptionally talented in the communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.
  2. Woo (in the Influencing domain)
    People exceptionally 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 someone.
  3. Harmony (in the Relationship Building domain)
    People exceptionally talented in the harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.
  4. Input (in the Strategic Thinking domain)
    People exceptionally talented in the input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
  5. Analytical (in the Strategic Thinking domain)
    People exceptionally talented in the analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation.

I’m curious: have you ever studied these concepts, or perhaps taken the assessment yourself? And for my Industrial/Organizational Psychologist friends, is StrengthsFinder a reputable and validated tool?

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2 Responses to StrengthsFinder

  1. We used it at my workplace. It helped us identify who might be best suited for certain tasks, especially when it comes to group projects. Mine were Woo, Communication, Input, Individualization and Positivity. We all felt the descriptions were spot-on.

    I also realized I’m awesome. Who doesn’t want to hang around someone with strengths like mine?!

  2. Mine were Learner, Empathy, Developer, Relator and Consistency. I did this well over ten years ago and feel it is still spot on.

    Helps with both my careers: Nurse and Publisher.

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