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  • Writer's pictureGeorgia Nielsen

How to use your CliftonStrengths talents & turn them into strengths

Updated: Mar 25

So you've completed your CliftonStrengths assessment and uncovered your natural talents. Now what? It's time to turn your talents into strengths! Use this guide to get ideas on how to take action and use your talents more intenionally.


What's the difference between a talent & a strength?


While talents are second-nature, strengths are intentional. When you use your talents, success (or achieving your intended outcomes) can be a bit hit-and-miss.


When you use a strength you get consistently good results.


So, how do you turn a talent into a strength?


This image should give you a clue ...


Pink yoga mat with pink hand weights

Talents are just like muscles. They need to be practised and exercised regularly to become (and stay) strengths. Just knowing about them isn't going to be enough to turn them into strengths.


First:


Start off by writing down the tasks, areas of development and goals you have (personally and professionally).


For example: I need to do my physio exercises more frequently.


Then:


Read your CliftonStrengths 34 Report. Pay particular attention to the 'Take action to maximise your potential' lists under each of your talent themes in your CliftonStrengths 34 Report. And, explore the ideas below for how to take action using each CliftonStrengths talent themes.


As you read, identify actions you could take to help you with your tasks/goals. Make the actions as specific as possible.


For example:


My report says "Instinctively, you expend much mental energy to devise innovative ways of doing things. A change here and a change there normally stimulate your thinking."


My plan: This weekend, I am going to reorganise my pilates equipment. I'll move it all to the other side of the living room, use new baskets to separate them into categories and print off my exercise checklist and stick it up on the window.


If ever I feel stuck or overwhelmed I like to practice this process. It energises me and helps me develop.


Bonus tips:


Ways to take action & productively aim your talents


Achiever

Activator

Adaptability

Analytical

Arranger

Belief

Command

Communication

Competition

Connectedness

Consistency

Context

Deliberative

Developer

Discipline

Empathy

Focus

Futuristic

Harmony

Ideation

Includer

Individualization

Input

Intellection

Learner

Maximizer

Positivity

Relator

Responsibility

Restorative

Self-assurance

Significance

Strategic

Woo

 

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