What is the CliftonStrengths Assessment?

Do you find yourself asking: Who am I? What’s unique about me? How do I engage myself deeper to become amazing at what I do?

Many people are where you are, asking the same questions. The answers are waiting for you, and I want to help you with this exciting personal discovery.

The first step is through the CliftonStrengths ​assessment. It’s more than an assessment. It’s a way of life that gives you a language to live and communicate your strengths instead of focusing on your weaknesses. Shifting your focus onto your strengths can lead to professional and personal breakthroughs you’ve only started to imagine.

In an earlier blog, we talked about the theory that the CliftonStrengths® assessment is based on. Let’s take some time here and look at some other assessment pieces and how they work. 

The CliftonStrengths assessment reveals your success potential and can be taken on the Internet. The assessment measures your talents — your natural patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving — and categorizes them into the 34 CliftonStrengths themes. The assessment take approximately 30 minutes and you will be presented with 177-paired statements, then you choose which one best describes you and to identify the extent to which that chosen option is descriptive of you. 

The descriptors are placed as if anchoring the opposite ends of a range. You are then asked to choose the descriptor from the pair that best describes you, and to identify the extent from “Strongly Describes Me” to “Neutral” for the option you chose. You are given 20 seconds to respond to a given pair of descriptors before the assessment automatically presents the next pair. The reason for the 20-second time limit is that, along with your unfamiliarity with the statements that will be presented, it makes it challenging to over-think your responses and ensures your assessment’s accuracy.

Gallup studied human strengths for over 40-years. From these studies’ results, Gallup created a language we know as the 34 most common talents. To help people discover what their talents are and to give them voice, the CliftonStrengths assessment was created.

The 34 talents are referred to as “themes.” Talents are ways in which we naturally think, feel, and behave as unique individuals, and they serve as the foundation of strengths development.

After you complete your CliftonStrengths assessment, you will receive a report displaying your top five (most dominant) themes. Please schedule you free Ask Brent Anything call so we can begin to work to delve into those themes to discover your greatest talents. The CliftonStrengths assessment and the report of your top five themes were designed to help you learn about and build upon your greatest talents in order to create strengths that will enhance all aspects of your life.

Your Top 5 strengths are the best place to start, but you have 34 dominant talents, the CliftonStrengths Assessment measures all 34. You will expand your understanding of yourself (and help others do the same) by learning about your CliftonStrengths 34. When you are ready to delve further into your strengths you can purchase a code that will unlock your entire 34 strengths.

What questions do you have about the CliftonStrengths Assessment? How have you used what you learned in your life? Then schedule you free Ask Brent Anything call. Check out my website at www.brentobannon.com for more ideas and classes that will help you on that path. Click here if you need to purchase a CliftonStrengths assessment code for you or anyone else. Let’s have a conversation in the comments below about how strengths have affected your life.


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