CliftonStrengths
Jan 24, 2022
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My personal results from the CliftonStrengths test I took back in 2014. That’s nearly 8 years ago! (I wonder how my results would match if I took the test today.) In some cases I think the results were pretty accrate and in some others I think it was way off.

strengths strengths by domain

1. Relator

People who are especially talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.

You naturally form genuine and mutually rewarding one-on-one relationships. Your authenticity allows you to build close, long-lasting connections that foster trust and confidence.

By nature, you may feel good about life when you give yourself credit for reducing difficult-to-understand ideas, mechanisms, programs, or processes to their basic parts. Perhaps you grasp the concept of “less is more” better than some people do.

It’s very likely that you may notice that certain people turn to you for guidance. Maybe your willingness to share the knowledge you have gained over the years partially explains the fondness they have for you. Some individuals might have benefited from what you have read, observed, or experienced.

Because of your strengths, you are quite comfortable being honest about yourself with others. You harbor very few illusions about who you really are. Furthermore, you can openly acknowledge your mistakes and shortcomings. This is apt to distinguish you from most people.

Chances are good that you are honest with yourself about yourself. You can admit your shortcomings. You speak frankly about the areas where you need to do things better and more completely than you have done them in the past.

Instinctively, you regularly consider talents you want to upgrade to be a better trainer or coach. You are likely to derive much satisfaction from helping individuals improve personally or professionally.

2. Restorative

People who are especially talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.

You love to solve problems. Your ability to analyze a situation, identify potential shortcomings and modify as needed makes you powerful in times of difficulty and crisis.

It’s very likely that you frequently challenge your own thinking. You enjoy having time to yourself to process ideas and identify areas where you can make things better. Often you consider upgrading your environment and the people with whom you associate. You are just as likely to consider things you need to perfect. These may include, but not be limited to, your talents, personal characteristics, studies, career, productivity, progress, or projects. Instinctively, you intentionally keep abreast of current events. You study areas of special interest to you either personally or professionally. You consistently acquire new information to make needed upgrades. You seek to understand things that most people do not comprehend. You want to make things better tomorrow than they were today. Driven by your talents, you sometimes spend hours assessing the reasons why you failed or missed a goal. In other instances, you may examine why you were caught off guard by a crisis, stalled by a problem, or stymied by an obstacle. When you arm yourself with the right answers, you might attempt to do certain things better. You might try to break through some barriers and succeed. By nature, you occasionally lighten others' loads by taking on part of their burdens. Maybe you are more likely to help individuals who speak candidly to you about your shortcomings because you feel their comments are helpful rather than harmful. Chances are good that you may choose to team up with people who candidly point out areas where you need to make improvements in yourself. You might concentrate time and energy on conquering your shortcomings. You might argue that your talents serve you well regardless of whether you practice using them.

3. Responsibility

People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.

You have a deep sense of dedication and feel ownership for your commitments. You are a person of your word, and others know they can rely on and trust you.

Instinctively, you may prepare for certain kinds of assignments by reading a lot. Perhaps your capacity for pulling together information from books, publications, correspondence, notes, or Internet sites serves you well. Your reading might help you avoid feelings of self-reproach — that is, blaming yourself for not knowing something you should have known. Driven by your talents, you might have a reputation for being dependable. Certain individuals routinely rely on you to follow through with assignments. Perhaps some people refrain from checking your progress. Why? Maybe they trust you will do what you said you would do. It’s very likely that you might describe your life in favorable terms even when obligations force you to keep working until a particular goal is reached. By nature, you may be exact about certain things you do or how you do them. Perhaps you follow your conscience when you need to distinguish right from wrong or excellence from mediocrity. Because of your strengths, you may wish to have a broader range of control and accountability on the job or in your personal life.

4. Adaptability

People who are especially talented in the Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow.” They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.

You are flexible and can quickly adjust to changing or unexpected circumstances that upset or intimidate others. Your calm response to chaos reassures others and helps you respond to what people need.

Because of your strengths, you might concentrate on living in the present. Perhaps you have an ability to savor the good things in life as they unfold. Sometimes people comment on your cheerful, easygoing, or hopeful attitude. Chances are good that you may be the unflappable — that is, not easily excited — member of your group. Perhaps your teammates rely on you to remain calm in the face of unexpected changes, obstacles, or challenges. They may appreciate how you deal with whatever occurs as it occurs. You might have little difficulty altering your original plan. It’s very likely that you periodically exhibit the flexibility to adjust your day’s priorities as circumstances change. Instinctively, you may appreciate people who are not worrywarts. You might work better with individuals who avoid fretting over unimportant details. These people might approach everyday situations or crises with an inner calmness that frees you to modify plans, rules, processes, or assignments. By nature, you might say it is easy to be happy and upbeat about life. Why? Perhaps you deal with situations as they arise. Some people may appreciate your willingness to alter the original plan to accommodate their unique needs or last-minute requests.

5. Focus

People who are especially talented in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.

You have a powerful ability to prioritize, set goals and work efficiently. You avoid time-consuming distractions and stay on track toward an overall objective.

Instinctively, you can mentally zero in on tasks for hours at a time when you have a goal to reach. When the assignment demands extra time, you would be wise to honor your body’s natural rhythms. In other words, if you are a “morning person,” work in the morning. Work in the afternoon if that is when you hit your stride. Work in the evening if that is when you think better. Work around midnight after everyone has gone to bed if you are someone who usually stays up very late. Driven by your talents, you may earnestly apply yourself to seeing certain things as they really are. Perhaps you bring a practical, matter-of-fact, and unsentimental outlook to discussions, projects, or planning meetings. By nature, you sometimes suppress your emotions, and you may be cautious and reserved. Rather than add to the drama of a situation, you might choose to study the facts. You may spend little time discussing your own or others’ feelings. To some extent, you prefer to simply weigh the consequences of whatever you say and do. When people understand this, they might be willing to wait for you to process facts or refine your concepts and plans. It’s very likely that you attempt to regulate what happens in your life. Perhaps you sense you have the power to determine what you will and will not do. Maybe you become annoyed when others meddle in your work, studies, or personal activities. Because of your strengths, you yearn to get ahead. You strive to acquire many of the status symbols and special privileges that come with rank, title, or position.

6. Harmony

People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.

You are naturally practical and prefer emotional balance. You can prevent arguments before they start by quickly helping others find common ground and a resolution.

7. Competition

People who are especially talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.

You motivate yourself and others to a higher standard of performance. You can raise a group’s achievement level by creating a culture of winning and aspiring to be the best.

8. Significance

People who are especially talented in the Significance theme want to be very important in the eyes of others. They are independent and want to be recognized.

You want to do important work and are determined to make a difference. You want others to respect you for your significant contribution and willingness to work hard to achieve success.

9. Individualization

People who are especially talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.

You notice and appreciate each person’s unique characteristics, and you don’t treat everyone the same. Because you can see what makes each individual unique, you know how to bring out their best.

10. Achiever

People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.

You love to complete tasks, and your accomplishments fulfill you. You have a strong inner drive — an innate source of intensity, energy and power that motivates you to work hard to get things done.

11. Deliberative

People who are especially talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles.

12. Futuristic

People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.

13. Learner

People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

14. Arranger

People who are especially talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.

15. Intellection

People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

16. Input

People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

17. Positivity

People who are especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

18. Analytical

People who are especially talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation.

19. Self-Assurance

People who are especially talented in the Self-Assurance theme feel confident in their ability to manage their own lives. They possess an inner compass that gives them confidence that their decisions are right.

20. Consistency

People who are especially talented in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They try to treat everyone in the world with consistency by setting up clear rules and adhering to them.

21. Belief

People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.

22. Maximizer

People who are especially talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

23. Discipline

People who are especially talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create.

24. Ideation

People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.

25. Activator

People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.

26. Woo

People who are especially talented 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.

27. Developer

People who are especially talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.

28. Empathy

People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.

29. Includer

People who are especially talented in the Includer theme are accepting of others. They show awareness of those who feel left out, and make an effort to include them.

30. Connectedness

People who are especially talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.

31. Command

People who are especially talented in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions.

32. Context

People who are especially talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.

33. Strategic

People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

34. Communication

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



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