StrengthsFinder Resources – Explore Your Top 5 Strengths
What Are The StrengthsFinder Colors?
Note: in August 2020, the color of the Thinking domain changed from red to green to be more discernible to those who are color blind.
- Purple: Executing talent themes - the "get it done" drive, and the powerful motivation from practical actions.
- Orange-Yellow: Influencing talent themes - the creators of momentum, and the natural ability to spark change.
- Blue: Relationship talent themes - the builders of relationships, and those who use human connection to get things done.
- Green (formerly red): Thinking talent themes - the cerebral crew, in a variety of ways: critical thinking, decision-making, and creativity.
StrengthsFinder Resources - How To Learn More About Your Talent Themes
After you read the book StrengthsFinder 2.0, you might be wondering what else you can do to learn about your CliftonStrengths.
Good news (and be warned...in a good way), this page could give you hours of content to study.
What Will You Learn About Your Top 5 Strengths?
As you dig into each of the 34 pages, you can learn more about your own talent themes that can be developed into strengths. You'll see:
Yucks and Yays:
Yays are things you would tend to enjoy at work. Yucks are things that tend to feel like soul-sucking drudgery. If you already know your Top 5 Strengths, we recommend clicking through to the Yuck/Yay section of that page. If you want more ideas to explore an inventory of situations, you can click through to the dedicated Yuck Page or Yay Page.
Starved and Fed:
This category is all about perception from others. If your talents are starved, they can be blind spots. If the talents are fed (and are showing up as strengths), you'll see lists of ways you can be perceived at your best. If you already know your Top 5 Strengths, we recommend clicking through to the Starved/Fed section of that page. If you want more ideas to explore an inventory of perceptions of your strengths, you can click through to the dedicated Starved Page or Fed Page.
Honored and Insulted:
This section gets down to your values. You'll see things that might make you redline and get firey-angry (things that insult your talent themes and values). You'll also see things that make you feel right at home - these are the cultures and situations that honor your talents. If you already know your Top 5 Strengths, we recommend clicking through to the Honored/Insulted section of that page. If you want more ideas to explore an inventory of situations, you can click through to the dedicated Honored Page or Insulted Page.
What Will You Learn About Other People's Strengths?
You'll get ideas for managing to each strength - awesome for people managers.
Finally, if you know your teammates' strengths, this is a good resource to use if you want to connect with them better or write an important email that seems more on target with their interests and preferences (AKA actually get it read and considered because you communicated from their point of view).
How About Which Careers Fit My Strengths?
Interestingly, these natural talents will support you in any role. They're like your easy buttons to high performance. Of course, if you're considering a career change, they can help you answer the interview question, "what are your strengths?"
Given that, when you click through to each of your Top 5 Strengths (or natural talents waiting to be turned into strengths), you'll see some career branding adjectives. They'll help you explore ways to talk about and apply these talent themes in a practical way. Although it's not prescriptive, like "you were born to be a lead generation specialist in a marketing department," the good news is that they're infinitely applicable. That's because they describe how you work at your best rather than what work you should be doing.
As you look at your Top 5 Strengths on these 34 pages, focus on your personal brand. Think about the reputation you want to have at work. Think about how you'd love to be remembered by your team, and use them to talk about your career goals and to define your development plan with your manager.
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