All organizations want to develop their employees' strengths -- but to get there, virtually all follow the conventional wisdom that we must find out what's wrong with people and then attempt to "fix" it. Unfortunately, that common thinking results in a culture of mediocrity and disengagement.

Instead, Gallup has found that there is infinite potential in developing what is right with people versus fixing what's innately "wrong" with people. We define strengths as an individual's ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance in a specific task. We have consistently found that when employees know and use their strengths, the effect on individuals, teams and organizational performance is spectacular.

Employees who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged than those who do not.

Gallup can help your organization launch the power of a strengths-based culture through an innovative online assessment known as the Clifton StrengthsFinder. Invented in the late 1990s following a landmark 30-year study by Dr. Donald O. Clifton -- honored by the American Psychological Association Presidential Commendation as the "Father of Strengths-Based Psychology" -- the Clifton StrengthsFinder empowers individuals to discover and develop what they do best. Today, more than 10 million people around the world have discovered their strengths.

The Clifton StrengthsFinder serves as the foundation of any strengths-based culture. The assessment gives employees insight into how they can develop their talents into strengths. It also provides managers with the information they need to understand, engage and build upon their employees' greatest talents. Leaders can then use this knowledge to create onboarding and development programs that speak directly to their employees' most natural ways of thinking and behaving.

Taking the Clifton StrengthsFinder solves one key issue -- identifying an employee's individual talents -- but there is more work to be done to develop a truly strengths-based culture. Gallup will work with your organization to form a highly individualized strategy for building and maintaining a strengths-based approach to hiring and development that best fits your unique needs. We ensure that all of your policies and practices are anchored in a common philosophy so that you can not only build, but boom your strengths-based culture.

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