My most favorite mentee is a post graduate student in a US University. As part of graduation studies, she took the Gallup Survey on CliftonStrengths. That’s when I got some exposure to the assessment technique and find it so valuable for students, workers, professionals and organizations.
Interestingly there’s a large coverage using the assessment and many of you may be familiar with it. Basically it assesses top 5 themes for a person, gives a shared theme description and elaborates where the assessed stands out. Brilliant
In fact I myself got deep insights into the strength of the mentee after going through the very elaborate survey details. And I am more impressed by the young person.
Ideally the best time to take the assessment is when you are finishing studies. That’s when a dashing and brilliant youngster has most fire in the belly, a new perspective to life and is ready for the plunge.
Important details that I gathered on CliftonStrengths are:
“Students succeed when they discover what’s strong in themselves, instead of focusing on what’s wrong.”
“Gallup research finds that people who use their CliftonStrengths are more engaged and productive at work and 3x more likely than others to have an excellent quality of life”.
“The best managers boost individual and team performance using CliftonStrengths”.
“A strengths-based approach is essential for creating an exceptional workplace culture. That’s why more than 90% of the Fortune 500 companies use CliftonStrengths”.
A great method indeed.