"Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?" - Benjamin Franklin
Working with strengths rather than weaknesses or “development areas” is my preferred approach to development coaching and also provides a wonderful way in which to allow people to see themselves from a different perspective. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. We devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths instead of further utilising those things we are best at. I regularly use the 5 most dominant talents that show up for people in the testing as the basis for discussions around their view of self, career discussions, discussions around overdelopment of strengths(shadow areas) and as part of discussions around energy and potential.
Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. (1924-2003) is recognised as the Father of Strengths-Based Psychology and Creator of the Clifton StrengthsFinder®The Clifton StrengthsFinder is the culmination of more than 50 years of his work, leading millions of people around the world to discover their strengths. In 2002, Dr. Clifton was honored by an American Psychological Association Presidential Commendation as the Father of Strengths-Based Psychology.
To help people uncover their talents, Gallup introduced the first version of its online assessment, StrengthsFinder, in the 2001 management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The book spent more than five years on the bestseller lists and ignited a global conversation, while StrengthsFinder has helped millions to discover their top five talents. In StrengthsFinder 2.0 Gallup unveiled the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes, and much more. While you can read this book in one sitting, you'll use it as a reference for decades.
Jenny has used the Strengthsfinder testing in her practice since 2001.
More information: http://www.strengthsfinder.com
Now discover your strengths by Marcus Buckinham
Strengths Based Leadership, Gallup Press, 2009.