Strengths Coaching came out of the work of Donald Clifton. He spent 40 years researching success. His major conclusion was that successfully people focus on doing what they are good at doing. Pretty simple huh? So what are you good at doing?
The next step in the process is helping people identify the things at which they are good. Many people don’t understand their talents. The reason for this is that are talents are the most natural things for us. They are the things that we are constantly doing. Many times we aren’t very aware of them and we assume that others are also doing these things. But they aren’t. These are the processes that make you special.
Doing Gallup’s Strength finder assessment tool identifies your talents. However it is very helpful to speak to someone who understands the system after doing the assessment. The reason for this is that everyone is different. Everyone is unique and complex and while the tool gives some simple, understandable information about you, it often takes a good coach to help you understand and apply that information to your life. Why?
A talent can operate differently in people. People have different cultural, religious and family backgrounds. These will affect the way a talent operates in someone. There are other factors as well, whether you are male or female can affect a talent. Whether you are an introvert or extrovert can affect the way a talent operates (although your talents will often explain why you are introverted or extroverted).
On top of all these factors are the talents themselves. There are 34 talents in the system. When you do the assessment, it will rank them from 1 to 34, with 1 being the strongest and 34 being the weakest. The cheapest version of the assessment will give you the top 5 talents.
All of these talents are strong. They are all very regularly happening for you. They will ‘interfere’ with each other. Sometimes they will influence each other in a good way and sometimes they will fight against each other.
It is in understanding these interactions that we really start to understand the real power of the system. The big question is, ‘How can I get multiple talents working together in a positive way?’
One last point about talents. They are powered by passion. Where there is no passion your talents won’t kick into gear. For example, if I love researching and I love sport, if someone asked me to research into sport, I will be happy to do it. If I have no passion for sport, I will not be happy to do it and my talent won’t function well.
Over the next series of posts, I will go through each of the talents and give some information about them. Some of them will be very strong for you. Some of them will not be yours at all. Most of them you will have some level of them, depending on the situation you find yourself in.
Some of them you will see in others. Understanding your own personal talents and how they operate for you can be wonderfully freeing for understanding how you should minister.