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Discovering your Strengths “Individuals gain more when they build on their talents, than when they make comparable efforts to improve their areas of weakness.”

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1 Discovering your Strengths “Individuals gain more when they build on their talents, than when they make comparable efforts to improve their areas of weakness.” --Clifton & Harter

2 What Are Strengths? TalentKnowledge Skills = Strength

3 Evidence of your Strengths yearnings Intense satisfaction Achievements Flow Rapid Learnings

4 Building Strengths Identify the natural talent themes –Ways of processing information –Ways of interacting with people –Ways of seeing the world –Habits, behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs that can be productively applied

5 What are strengths? Attitudes that sustain efforts toward achievement and excellence Behavior patterns that make a person effective Beliefs that empower a person to succeed Motivations that propel a person to take action and maintain the energy needed to achieve Thought patterns that make a person efficient

6 Why Strengths? Aim for: consistent, near-perfect performance in a given activity. Best of the best Spend most of their time in their areas of strength Use their strengths to overcome obstacles Invent ways of capitalizing on their strengths in new situations Partner with complimentary types

7 Our plan Complete StrengthsFinder Share results with –Counselor –2 friends –Your parents Answer two reflection questions and send to your counselor

8 StrengthsFinder Online Create user name Set aside 40 uninterrupted minutes 180 questions, forced choice 20 seconds per question Report: Top five signature Strengths

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11 Next steps Study halls –Week of November 20 th –Developing Strengths Beginning of January –Career building End of January –Academic planning

12 Due Date Friday, November 17th

13 Key to Productivity

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15 Using Strengthsfinder Identifies top 5 themes Six-month test-retest reliability across all populations ranges from.60 to.80 Three-month test-retest reliability among college students ranges from.70 to.76 Study from Harvard: Students preferred Strengths over MBTI or the Values Information Assessment

16 Strengths Connect with 4 Key Motivational Drives THINKING RELATING IMPACTING STRIVING

17 StrengthsFinder ® Achiever Activator Adaptability Analytical Arrange Belief Command Communication Competition Connectedness Consistency Context Deliberative Developer Discipline Empathy Focus Futuristic Harmony Ideation Includer Individuation Input Intellection Learner Maximizer Positivity Relator Responsibility Restorative Self-Assurance Significance Strategic Woo

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19 Shaun’s themes Includer Positivity Woo Strategic Adaptability


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