In 1998 Tom Rath began working with a team of scientists from the Gallup organization led by Donald O. Clifton. Clifton is considered the “Father of Strengths Psychology.”
In his book, Strengthsfinder 2.0, Rath states, “Our goal was to start a global conversation about what’s right with people.”
Our culture focuses so much attention on fixing our weaknesses. The message we get is that we’re broken and in need of repair.
But the science shows that people have much greater potential for growth when they are “playing to their strengths.” Our engagement and thus our productivity increases when we are working in our “zone of brilliance.”
A 40-year study identified 34 common strengths or talents. The Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment helps you identify and understand yours.
What is Your Superpower?
Knowing your strengths lets you design your life to focus your energy where it will have the greatest effect. But it also informs what you should delegate. This knowledge is the superpower of the most accomplished people.
Want to Find Out?
You have a few options, but I recommend starting with your top 5. You can go back later and take the other tests if you like. Your top 5 will give you lots to ponder.
(Hint: if you purchase one of the two books below, you’ll receive a code that will give you access to the test free of charge. And you’ll have the book for reference!)
Here are some short YouTube videos on each of the strengths.
Books by Tom Rath