There are several ways to access the CliftonStrengths® assessment. Although the questions and the results are the same, the different books tailor the application of strengths towards specific environments.
Most books contain a unique one-time use code to take the assessment which is only valid if the books are new.
StrengthsFinder® 2.0 book
The most popular book is StrengthsFinder® 2.0 which is regularly a best seller. It provides a brief explanation of the strengths-based approach and suggests development areas for each theme in a work setting. A one-time use code is available at the back of the book.
Gallup Strengths Center
If you can’t wait to purchase a book, it is possible to take the assessment online and pay the $20 fee. A digital version of the StrengthsFinder 2.0 book is available for anyone going directly to the Gallup Strengths Center.
Strengths-Based Parenting book
When raising children we either follow the approach our parents used or we deliver a style that we would like. Strengths-Based Parenting looks at the unique characteristics of our children so we can provide the best framework to help them thrive.
Children between the ages of 10 – 14 can take the Strengths Explorer® assessment that identifies 10 general themes of talent. There is no assessment for younger children. Instead, the book explains how to recognise themes of talent through Strengths Spotting. Published in 2016, the book includes one Clifton Strengths and one Strengths Explorer assessment code.
In a church context, the Living Your Strengths book ties in the CliftonStrengths themes with biblical passages and applications. It explores our God-given talents to help fulfil our calling.
Teach with your Strengths explores what makes great teachers and how they inspire their students, not just the good students, but also those struggling to keep up. It includes a CliftonStrengths assessment code.
Taking the StrengthsFinder assessment
Each question asks you to choose, on a five-point scale, which of two statements you most closely identify with. There are 177 questions and you have just 20 seconds to answer each one. If you can’t answer a question in time, focus on the next question. The point of the timer is to force you to choose an answer using instinct rather than reason. The assessment is looking for your natural, spontaneous response, not what you think you ought to do in your current situation. The more instinctively you answer the questions, the more you will relate to the results. There are no right or wrong answers, rather it’s about how honest you are with yourself.
I am known for my neatness ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ I have a good sense of humour
Even if both sentences appear to be true, you probably identify yourself or would want to be known more for one than the other. Try to avoid the middle option.
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