Why We Need Tools like the Clifton StrengthsFinder by Gallup
It can be really hard to have good conversation about the working style of our peers, our manager, and our employees. That's because we all have different ways of thinking about people and describing their tendencies and strengths. Think about this: you have a new project coming up and you're thinking about asking Jason to join the team who will take on the project, so you go to ask Jason's manager to get a little more insight about him.
—"What do you think about Jason?"
—"Well, he's smart; he does his job well; he and his peers get along well."
This might be an OK start, but we still don't really know anything about Jason's natural abilities and talents.
What we need is a consistent and agreed upon language that we all use, so that we're all in sync when we're describing people's strengths and working styles. The Clifton StrengthsFinder by Gallup is a system that gives us that.
Once Jason takes the assessment, now you can take a look at his Top 5 Strengths:
Strategic — "People strong in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues."
Learner — "People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them."
Self-Assurance — "People exceptionally talented in the Self-Assurance theme feel confident in their ability to take risks and manage their own lives. They have an inner compass that gives them certainty in their decisions."
Context — "People exceptionally talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history."
Consistency — "People exceptionally talented in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They crave stable routines and clear rules and procedures that everyone can follow."
Reading the meaning in these gives you a much deeper insight into how Jason thinks, works, and how to best use his natural abilities. Then, it gets really interesting to look at how team strengths are distributed among the four strength domains: Influencing, Executing, Strategic Thinking, Relationship Building. Does your team have a lot of strengths in one or two areas and just a few in the others?
Get your team started at https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/.
(Cliftonstrengths Quick Reference Card. Gallup, Inc — https://www.gallup.com/workplace/245090/cliftonstrengths-themes-quick-reference-card.aspx)
Khorus does not sell nor administer the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment.