Have you been listening in to my Maximize Your Strengths podcast? If yes, awesome! Are there terms I’ve used that have gone right over your head? Know that I am so sorry if that is true! I never mean leave anyone in the dark. My hope is that, with this post, we’ll turn on the light so you can gain a better understanding of the basics behind Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0.

Key StrengthsFinder Terms, Defined

Without further ado, let’s dive into the most common terms used by Strengths coaches and others within the StrengthsFinder community:

  • Assessment refers to the StrengthsFinder test itself. If you haven’t taken it yet, you can purchase the test to get your top 5 Strengths.
  • Balcony and basement are terms used to describe the characteristics of any given theme. In the balcony are each theme’s most positive features. Conversely, in the basement is where you’ll find each theme’s mismanaged or misapplied vulnerabilities. Read up more on this topic on the CliftonStrengths Coaching blog.
  • Talents are innate patterns of your being. According to Gallup, your talents include your “naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling or behavior.”
  • Strengths are talents that you have cultivated through dedicated investment in time, expanded knowledge and honed skills.
  • Themes capture similar talents under umbrella terms. Through 40 years of research, Gallup has identified 34 major talent themes that it has turned into the Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment.
  • Signature themes are your top 5 StrengthsFinder themes. These are your go-to, easy-button talents that, if you worked on daily, would develop into Strengths that could help you thrive in all aspects of your life.
  • Profile refers to your full list of Strengths, from one to 34. You can obtain your full profile by purchasing “Beyond Your Top 5 Strengths” on the StrengthsFinder website.

Still Have Questions? Call me!

Did this list help you put a few things straight when it comes to your StrengthsFinder experience? If not, know that I am simply one phone call or email away. Reach out for a 15-minute conversation today!

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