CliftonStrengths® (previously known as StrengthsFinder®) is a tool developed by Gallup to identify an individual’s “Themes of Talent”.
In the early 1950s Donald Clifton began a study to determine the most natural thoughts, feelings and behaviours of “the best of the best”.
He quickly discovered that our talents do more than make us unique individuals. Our greatest talents also serve as our best opportunities for excellence and success when they are intentionally leveraged.
Sure, skills are important, and knowledge is vital but Strengths requires something more important and powerful than skill and knowledge combined - Talent.
Once we discover the talents in individuals we begin to recognise where investing time and energy, skills and knowledge are best placed to develop that talent into a Strength.
A Strength delivers a consistent near-perfect outcome. When individuals get to do what they do best, they are not only more efficient, but their engagement increases which has a positive impact on the quality of their work.
By discovering their talents and creating opportunities for them to understand their most natural thoughts, feelings and behaviours, we also discover ways to understand their unique contribution and greatest potential for success.
“The real tragedy of life is not that each person doesn’t have enough strengths, it's that we fail to use the ones we have.”
– Benjamin Franklin