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Understanding Clifton Strengths

Clifton Strengths Finders Categories

Executing Category:

These themes answer the question “How do you make things happen?” They may help you turn ideas into reality.

When teams need to implement a solution, they look to people with Executing themes who will work tirelessly to accomplish the goal.

Influencing Category:

These themes answer the question “How do you influence others?” They may help you take charge, speak up and make sure others are heard.

When teams need to sell their ideas inside and outside the organization, they turn to people with Influencing themes to convince others.

Relationship Building Category:

These themes answer the question “How do you build and nurture strong relationships?” They may help you hold a team together.

When teams need to be greater than the sum of their parts, they turn to people with Relationship Building themes to strengthen their bonds.

Strategic Thinking Category:

These themes answer the question “How do you absorb, think about and analyze information and situations?” They may help you make better decisions and create better outcomes.

When teams need to focus on what could be, they turn to people with Strategic Thinking themes to stretch the team’s thinking for the future.

Click on each strength for more information:

Executing Category

People strong in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive. 

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: tireless, strong work ethic, leads by example, go-getter, hungry 

Influencing Category

People strong in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They are often impatient.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: self-starter, fire-starter, energy source, fearless.

Relationship Building Category

People strong in the Adaptability theme prefer to “go with the flow.” They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: flexible, comfortable in times of change, easy to get along with, goes with
the flow.

Strategic Thinking Category

People strong in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: Thinks things through, smart, logical, deep, thorough, comfortable with
numbers, figures, and charts.

Executing Category

People strong in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: flexible, organizer, juggler, aligns and realigns tasks to find the most
productive configuration possible, efficient, conductor.

Executing Category

People strong in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: passionate, steadfast, knows where he or she stands, altruistic, family oriented, ethical, responsible.

Influencing Category

People strong in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: charismatic, direct, driven, inspirational, easy to follow, clear, concise.

Influencing Category

People strong in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: storyteller, great presence, easy to talk to, energizer, entertaining,
charismatic.

Influencing Category

People strong in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contest.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: driven, motivated, No. 1, measurement-oriented, winner.

Relationship Building Category

People strong in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: spiritual, “doesn’t sweat the small stuff,” strong faith, always looking at the
big picture, helps others see purpose.

Executing Category

People strong in the Consistency theme (also called Fairness) are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They try to treat everyone in the world fairly by setting up clear rules and adhering to them.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: just, problem-solver, policy-maker.

Strategic Thinking Category

People strong in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: has robust historical frame of reference, learns lessons from the past, knows
how things came to be, can leverage knowledge of the past

Executing Category

People strong in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: good judgment, identifies risk, makes solid decisions, can plan for the
unexpected.

Relationship Building Category

People strong in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: grows talent in others, teacher, coach, enjoys helping others succeed,
invests in others.

Executing Category

People strong in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: highly productive and accurate because of ability to structure, breaks down
complex into steps, great planner, promotes efficiency.

Relationship Building Category

People strong in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others’ lives or others’ situations.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: creates trust, brings healing, knows just what to say/do, customizes approach
to others

Executing Category

People strong in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: point person, disciplined, purposeful, laser-like precision, identifies
important areas quickly, goal setter and goal getter.

Strategic Thinking Category

People strong in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: imaginative, creative, visionary, even prophetic, inspiring.

Relationship Building Category

People strong in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: negotiator, can see both sides of a situation, great at asking questions, able
to arrive at consensus, great facilitator.

Strategic Thinking Category

People strong in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between
seemingly disparate phenomena.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: improves on the existing, learns quickly, agile mind.

Relationship Building Category

People strong in the Includer theme are accepting of others. They show awareness of those who feel left out
and make an effort to include them.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: invites others in, caring, engages others, sensitive, takes up for others.

Relationship Builder Category

People strong in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: sees the uniqueness in all individuals, intuitively knows that “one size
doesn’t fit all,” appreciates the differences in others

Strategic Thinking Category

People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: great resource, knowledgeable, excellent memory, mind for detail, collects
interesting things, excellent conversationalist.

Strategic Thinking Category

People strong in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: excellent thinker, enjoys musing, capable of deep and philosophical thought,
able to work alone.

Strategic Thinking Category

People strong in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: always learning, catches on quickly, interested in many things, finds life
intriguing.

Influencing Category

People strong in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: mastery, success, excellence, enjoys working with the best.

Relationship Building Category

People strong in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: enthusiastic, lighthearted, energetic, generous with praise, optimistic.

Relationship Building Category

People who are strong in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: caring, trusting, a great friend, forgiving, generous.

Executing Category

People strong in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: committed, accountable, independent, trusted, conscientious.

Executing Category

People strong in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: problem solver, troubleshooter, finds improvements and solutions

Influencing Category

People strong in the Self-assurance theme feel confident in their ability to manage their own lives. They possess an inner compass that gives them confidence that their decisions are right.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: self-confident, strong inner compass, risk-taker

Influencing Category

People strong in the Significance theme want to be very important in the eyes of others. They are independent and want to be recognized.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: seeks outstanding performance, does things of importance, independent.

Strategic Thinking Category

People strong in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: good judgment, identifies risk, makes solid decisions, can plan for the
unexpected.

Influencing Category

People strong in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.

Healthy/Productive Descriptors: outgoing, people-oriented, networker, rapport-builder

Kolbe Strengths

The Kolbe Index measures how we work:

  • Fact Finder – the way we gather and share information.
  • Follow Thru – the way we arrange and design systems. 
  • Quick Start – the way we handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Implementor – the way we handle space and tangibles versus ideas and intangibles.
Kolbe Strengths 2

Understanding Myers Briggs

Kolbe Strengths 4 1

A short definition of each type and what they may be good at:

ISTJs are hard workers. They prefer to work in a structured environment with defined rules. They respect authority and focus on their personal and professional development.

May be good at:

  • Auditor
  • Business Administrator

 

Strengths:

  • Honest
  • Strong-Willed
  • Very Responsible 
  • Organized

ISFJs are dedicated and hard workers who believe in good service. They enjoy finding resolutions to day-to-day challenges.

May be good at:

  • Customer Service Representative
  • Managerial Roles

 

Strengths:

  • Supportive
  • Enthusiastic
  • Hard-Working
  • Good Practical Skills

INFJs need to express their creativity and insight. They must find meaning in their work, in order to know they are helping and connecting with people.

May be good at:

  • Writing
  • HR Manager
  • Customer Relations Manager

 

Strengths:

  • Creative
  • Inspiring
  • Decisive
  • Determined

INTJs prefer to work alone, or in small groups. They need to be in an environment with minimal interference. They are creative perfectionists who like to do things their way.

May be good at:

  • Software
  • Projects
  • Analytics

 

Strengths:

  • Strategic Mind 
  • Independent 
  • Hard-Working
  • Open-Minded

ISTPs often need a sense of unpredictability and excitement. They enjoy working with little space and a hands-on problem to solve.

May be good at:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Systems
  • Strategy

 

Strengths:

  • Optimistic & Energetic 
  • Creative & Practical 
  • Know How to Prioritize 
  • Relaxed

ISFPs seek positions where they can do things their own way. They want the ability to express their natural qualities and pursue creative freedom.

May be good at:

  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Photography

 

Strengths:

  • Charming 
  • Sensitive to Others
  • Curious 
  • Artistic

INFPs prefer to work in a face-to-face type of job. They do not do well in stressful environments.

May be good at:

  • Facebook community management 
  • Teaching
  • Graphic Design
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Customer service

 

Strengths:

  • Flexible 
  • Very Creative 
  • Passionate
  • Hard-Working

INTPs prefer to work alone. They need to intellectual stimulation, and they are self-driven and good problem solvers.

May be good at:

  • Data Analyst
  • Facebook ad
  • SEO
  • Bookkeeping


Strengths:

  • Great Analysts
  • Open-Minded
  • Enthusiastic
  • Objective

ESTPs crave immediate results for their efforts. They are curious, energetic people who like action.

May be good at:

  • Coach
  • Managing People 
  • Enforcing guidelines

 

Strengths:

  • Flexible
  • Tolerant
  • Direct 
  • Sociable 

ESFPs like to make the workplace a friendly and enjoyable place. They have a social and relaxed attitude but need to be in an environment with others.

May be good at:

  • Photography
  • Sales 
  • Event Planning

 

Strengths:

  • Original 
  • Practical 
  • Observant 
  • Excellent People Skills

ENFPs seek a change to explore new ideas and enjoy working with others who share their interests. They have good people skills and need to be in a career where they can push boundaries.

May be good at:

  • Teaching
  • Event Planning
  • Consultant
  • Journalist

 

Strengths:

  • Curious 
  • Observant
  • Energetic
  • Communicative

ENTPs are excellent communicators. People who are ENTPs expect to be heard and need to apply themselves fully to understand and solve the problems that interest them. 

May be good at:

  • Sales
  • Photography
  • Marketing Director
  • Brainstorming

 

Strengths:

  • Knowledgeable 
  • Quick Thinkers
  • Brainstorming
  • Energetic 

ESTJs show clear and consistent tendencies. They create order and follow rules and they makes sure that work is completed to a high standard.

May be good at:

  • Sales
  • Auditing
  • Managing Projects
  • Managing

 

Strengths:

  • Dedicated
  • Loyal
  • Enjoy Creating Order
  • Excellent Organizers

ESFJs are well-organized and enjoy bringing order and structure to their workplaces. They often work best in environments with clear, predictable hierarchies and tasks.

May be good at:

  • Accounting
  • Teaching
  • Working with clients
  • Customer service
  • Sales

 

Strengths:

  • Practical Skills
  • Sense of Duty
  • Loyal
  • Connecting with Others

ENFJs are intelligent, warm, creative and social. They enjoy helping others, take an interest in other people and tend to pick up what others want.

May be good at:

  • Sale
  • HR
  • Public Relations
  • Teaching
  • Coach/Trainer

 

Strengths:

  • Tolerant
  • Reliable
  • Communicative
  • Natural Leaders

ENTJs prefer to be in a workplace, surrounded by others. They are able to be clear and concise, and they enjoy leadership and responsibility.

May be good at:

  • Business Administration
  • Leadership
  • Teaching high level concepts
  • Consulting

 

Strengths:

  • Efficient
  • Energetic 
  • Self-Confident
  • Strong-Willed 

What do the letters mean?

The MBTI personality test helps you identify four basic areas of your personality.

  1. Interaction with the world
  2. Absorption of information
  3. Decision-making
  4. Organization

These four areas each have two different options, which make up the 16 personalities. 

(Don’t know yours? Take the test for free: www.16personalities.com

E vs. I

  • Extroversion describes a person who is energized by others, enjoys a variety of tasks, a quick pace, and is good at multitasking.
  • Introversion describes a person who often likes working alone or in small groups, prefers a more deliberate pace, and likes to focus on one task at a time.

S vs. N

  • Sensing describes are person who is realistic and likes to focus on the facts and details. Such a person would apply common sense and past experience to come up with practical solutions to problems.
  • Intuition type people prefer to focus on possibilities and the big picture. They can easily see patterns, value innovation and seek creative solutions to problems.

T vs. F

  • Thinking type people tend to make decisions using logical analysis, know how to objectively weigh pros and cons, and value honesty, consistency, and fairness.
  • Feeling describes people who tend to be sensitive and cooperative. They base their decisions on their own personal values and how others will be affected by their actions.

J vs. P

  • Judging describes a person who tends to be organized and prepared, likes to make and stick to plans, and is comfortable following most rules.
  • Perceiving type people prefer to keep their options open, like to be able to act spontaneously, and like to be flexible with making plans.

 

It is important to keep in mind that each dimension reveals how a person is most comfortable operating, but it does not mean they will necessarily always possess their assumed dimension.

We use MBTI, Kolbe, and Clifton Strengths to give a more comprehensive look at the person as a whole.

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