Clifton Strengths

I took the Clifton Strengths assessment in November, 2018. It might be hokey for some or pointless for others. But for me it was insightful.

Category types are divided into four groups:

  • Strategic Thinking: How do you absorb, think about, and analyze information and situations?
  • Executing: How do you make things happen?
  • Influencing: How do you influence others?
  • Relationship Building: How do you build and nurture strong relationships?


There was a strong focus in “Strategic Thinking” and “Relationship Building”. Completely off my radar are “Influencing” and “Executing”.

There are 34 strengths associated with each category type. These string together a Theme Sequence, or Talent DNA. Of the 34, these are my top five. I’ve also included six through ten to show the complete picture.

1. Intellection

(Strategic Thinking)
Think deeply, think often
You are characterized by your intellectual activity. You are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

2. Input

(Strategic Thinking)
Keep exploring; always be curious
You have a need to collect and archive. You may accumulate information, ideas, artifacts or even relationships.

3. Context

(Strategic Thinking)
Look to the past to build a better tomorrow
You enjoy thinking about the past. You understand the present by researching its history.

4. Connectedness

(Relationship Building)
Help others see connections and purpose in everyday life
You have faith in the links among all things. You believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has meaning.

5. Learner

(Strategic Thinking)
Use your passion for learning to add value to your own and others’ lives
You have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites you.

6. Discipline

(Executing)
Create structure, and keep things organized.
You enjoy routine and structure. Your world is best described by the order you create.

7. Strategic

(Strategic Thinking)
Always have at least three options in mind so you can adapt if circumstances change.

You create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, you can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

8. Analytical

(Strategic Thinking)
Use your logical, objective approach to make important decisions.
You search for reasons and causes. You have the ability to think about all of the factors that might affect a situation.

9. Belief

(Executing)
Honor your values; they keep you on course during tough times.
You have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for your life.

10. Empathy

(Relationship Building)
Appreciate and refine your gift for understanding others’ thoughts and feelings.
You can sense other people’s feelings by imagining yourself in others’ lives or situations.

As you can read from the Strengths breakdown, this kind of information is invaluable to me. I can strengthen my natural tendencies, understand my passive and weaker attributes, and nearly abandon attributes that simply do not align with my core character.

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