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StrengthsFinder

Workshop

Ross Bolf
Software and Services
Learning and Development team
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About me
Born and raised in Oregon
B.S. and M.S. from Western Oregon
15 years corporate training experience in HR and in Business Units
8 years at Intel
First Gallup trained and certified StrengthsFinder coach in Oregon


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What will happen when we
think about what is right with
people rather than fixating on
what is wrong with them?
Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. psychologist
and business executive (1924-2003)
~50 years of Positive Psychology research
1950-1969 Professor at University of
Nebraska Lincoln
1988 his company purchased Gallup
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1998 First online assessment
35 possible Themes
2004 StrengthsFinder 1.0
34 possible Themes (redundancy and name changes)
2007 StrengthsFinder 2.0
In-depth and individualized reports


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About the online assessment
Over 10,000,000 people around the world have taken the
assessment
Great deal of scientific validation to the tool
Gallup cant keep up with the coaching, so theyve
opened up coaching certifications world wide




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How does it work?
Online assessment with 177 questions
20 seconds to answer each question
Do you prefer this or do you prefer this?
Your results will give you your Top 5 Themes
34 possible Themes
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How does it work?
What is the StrengthsFinder Measuring?
helps identify areas where you have the greatest potential for building
strength
measures your reoccurring patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior

Knowing this information is a starting point to help individuals, teams, and
organizations turn talents into sustainable strengths.
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Why StrengthsFinder Matters

There are many reasons why we use StrengthsFinder.
In a culture that has focused on developing or fixing our
weaknesses, the StrengthsFinder invites you to focus on what is
right, and strong about you.
Because of this, we use StrengthsFinder to help build strong
people, strong teams and strong culture.

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More about StrengthsFinder
Philosophy: Dont ignore your weaknesses, but work on them enough so they
dont get in the wayspend more time on strengths.
Goal of lesser themes is competence, not mastery.

The 34 categories are in everyones tool box:
You dont have to be good at everything. How do you get to an objective with
your preferred tools?

Goal: To make you the best you.
Odds of having the same top 5 in the same order is 1 in 33 million.

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SF is like a toolbox
Your Top ~10 themes are
your go to tools

You can use your lesser
themes, but they are the
rusty tools in the bottom
drawer.

Goal is to use tools in the
top drawer for any goal or
situation
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What does your Top 5 tell you?
Ease
Excellence Enjoyment
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Whats in it for me?
People who use their strengths every day
are six times more likely to be engaged on the job
are three times as likely to report having an excellent quality
of life
are 8% more productive
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Whats in it for me?
People who use their strengths every day
are six times more likely to be engaged on the job

Teams with highly engaged levels have:
21% higher productivity
37% lower absenteeism
10% higher customer satisfaction

90% of employees who have someone at work who
encourages their development are classified as engaged
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Moving from Being to Doing
There is a strong connection between:

who people are and what they do best

what people do best and how people feel

how people feel and how people perform
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My
StrengthsFinder
results made me
cry
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Themes are neutral.
Themes are not labels.
Assume positive intent.
Differences are advantages.
People need one another.
Reminder
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The 34 Themes
Achiever Activator Adaptability Analytical
Arranger Belief Command Communication
Competition Connectedness Consistency
Context Deliberative Developer Discipline
Empathy Focus Futuristic Harmony
Ideation Includer Individualization Input
Intellection Learner Maximizer Positivity
Relator Responsibility Restorative Self-
Assurance
Significance Strategic Woo
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How does it work?

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Some examples
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Some examples
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Some examples
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Some examples
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How themes play together
Every theme has a statistically counter theme
Activator vs. Deliberator
They need each other in a team dynamic
Can cause inner turmoil if they are close together

Every theme has balconies and basements
Examples: competition, positivity

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From Individuals to Team Strengths
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How does this help you and your team?
People working in the strengths zone
Look forward to going to work
Have more positive than negative interactions with coworkers
Treat customers better
Achieve more on a daily basis
Have more positive, creative, and
innovative moments
Ease
Excellence Enjoyment
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Getting started
https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com access code

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And then
Create a user profile with an email address
Opt out of the mailings if you want to
If youve already taken the assessment, youll need to
set up a new profile with a new email address.
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Once you get your results
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Closing remarks
You dont have to become a different person to be
successful.

You dont have to be all things to all people.

Exercise your top 5-10 Themes whenever possible so they
can be used as any tool for any situation you encounter.
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Additional Resources
$16 to purchase the StrengthsFinder 2.0 book
$9.99 to just get an online access code
$89.00 to get your full 34 in order
Strengths.Gallup.com Resources
Coaching.Gallup.com
Theme Thursdays
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