Career Coach

APRIL 2, 2012

Knowing who you are helps you find where you want to go:


The Clifton StrengthsFinder:

We’re often tied to roles that don’t fit, but instead of finding one that suits our skills and personalities, we continue trying to shove the square peg into the round hole.  We applaud the effort, but suggest that as you consider possible career changes, try honing in on your strengths. Can’t pick them out of lineup?    Leveraging the idea of playing to your strengths, the StrengthsFinder test finds your top 5 talents across 34 categories or what they call “themes.” According to a Gallup Poll, these “themes” frequently predict rockstar level performance.  Thus, the StrengthsFinder theory is if a person can pinpoint their top “themes” by analyzing their day-to-day behavior, then they can harness their power to gain success in their careers and lives overall.


  • Andrea 5 years ago

    I have read “Strengths Based Leadership” another book by Tom Rath. The great thing about these books is that you go online and take a quiz to find your strengths. Then you receive a detailed report of your top five strengths and how to lead using those strengths. The quiz outlined my leadership skills perfectly; the person they were describing was me to a T! I highly recommend “Strengths Based Leadership” and I am sure that “Strengths Finder” is equally well done. If I were a manager I would have everyone on my team read this book and share their strengths. Then you would be able to better understand how different members of your team lead.