Waiting for you on your new desk on your first day at Six, you’re given a pack which includes a welcome card, pen, notebook, Six stickers, induction pack and schedule, and finally a little red and white book – Discover Your Clifton Strengths. No, nothing to do with our Bristol locality but actually an explanation of why you’re good at what you do.
What is the Clifton StrengthsFinder?
Educational psychologist, Donald Clifton, created The Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to help identify the positive strengths of staff or students to help capitalise on this. Based on the notion that every person has certain strengths, StrengthsFinder has broken these strengths into 34 categories.
This little book helps our new team members discover their strengths to ultimately help guide how they develop in their career! The book includes a 30-minute multiple choice test which gives each person a top 5 strengths chart and is tailored to the individual depending on the answers they give. Even if two people have the same strength, the definition of that strength can be totally different.
The idea behind introducing this at Six a few years ago was to help our collaboration, build strong teams and support personal development plans with managers. Our agency strengths have been collated into a chart so we can all see who we share our strengths with. There is also insight into what strengths complement each other in order to get the best out of teams and our work.
Six’s top 5 personality strengths are:
Achiever – People exceptionally talented in the Achiever theme work hard and possess a great deal of stamina. They take immense satisfaction in being busy and productive.
Relator – People exceptionally talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.
Strategic – People exceptionally talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
Adaptability – People exceptionally talented in the Adaptability theme prefer to go with the now. They tend to be people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.
Responsibility – People exceptionally talented 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.
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When we focus on our strengths rather than weaknesses, we are 6 times more likely to be engaged in our work, and when people are engaged, their productivity and job satisfaction skyrockets! The result of this? We enable people to focus on the areas where they thrive and this, we are convinced, has made our projects more effective!