There is an ever-growing “strengths movement” changing how people interact and succeed. However, there is still some confusion around the use of the terms “strengths” and “talents.”
The study of strengths psychology is distinct in that it is all about practical application. The goal for this application is to equip us to a higher level of self-awareness for personal growth and performance through intentionality in using the way we are naturally built. This leads to increased success in our careers, relationships, and working with others more effectively.
When educational psychologist Donald O. Clifton first designed the interviews that subsequently became the basis for StrengthsFinders 2.0 (CSF), he began by asking, “What would happen if we studied what is right with people?”, from this emerged a philosophy based on using talents for consistent achievement of excellence (strengths).
With this 50+ years of evidence-based research, and over two million interviews, Clifton hypothesized that these talents were “naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied” (Hodges & Clifton, 2004, p. 257). In other words, strengths as we refer to them, are how you do what you do. Out of this research, the StrengthsFinde 2.0 book and assessment tool were created to help identify these “natural talents” and pattern combinations.
“Strengths” therefore, are the result of maximized talents. Specifically, strength is mastery created when one’s most powerful talents are refined with practice and combined with acquired relevant skills and knowledge.
Understanding the conditions in which your talents behave like strengths is crucial. Fortunately, this is definable through strengths performance coaching. Unfortunately, it is also common to ineffectively use your “strengths” in patterns of overuse that defeat you and your intentions.
Strengthen The Team’s integrated coaching and training we will introduce you to the power of “strengths-based performance” to maximize Talents.