A tool that I have absolutely loved is the StrengthsFinder 2.0 system.  There are 34 different themes that they have boiled down people’s strengths into.  They come back with your top 5 to pay attention to.

In a nutshell, a strength may not be the thing that you are  most skilled in, but will likely be the things that give you the most fulfillment in using.  I’ve tried using this with myself and many others now and as skeptical as people are of the results sometimes, they tend to be surprised when they try paying attention to those strengths and using them.

Curious?  Check out the StrengthsFinder 2.0 book.  Just google it and get a new one because you need a unique code to take the test, so no used books for this purchase.

Here’s a sample of results.  These are my personal results just so you can check them out.  I’m going to write up another post talking about some of my experiences in using this and working with others, but for now:

How many of you have used this before?
What do you think of the results?
What have you thought with applying them?

And now onto my results for your perusing pleasure:

The Signature Themes report below displays my five most dominant themes of talent, as indicated by my responses to Clifton StrengthsFinder, The Gallup Organization’s Web-based talent assessment tool.


Ideation: People strong in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.

Activator: People strong in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.

Woo: People strong 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 another person.

Communication: People strong in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.

Input: People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.