Friday, February 11, 2022
Relaxing Music for the month: Awakening: Liquid Mind (12:11) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4558Ml1RuQ
Note: Please enjoy the relaxing music while completing the assessment!
It’s Day 5 of the Catalyst Challenge: Know Yourself! You’re one-third of the way done! Great job!
Engagement Strengths Assessment
Engagement strengths (such as Clifton’s StrengthsFinder) consists of your skills, knowledge, and talents; answers the question, “What’s best about how you work?”
To learn more about Engagement Strengths and Clifton’s StrengthsFinder, check out this brief video:
- Discover Your Strengths: Unlock Your Potential with Gallup’s CliftonStrengths – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsCaTapfhhk
- Using Your Strengths (Marcus Buckingham) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWZTdso2Njs
There is no FREE option to identify your Engagement Strengths. However, the series of links in this activity will expose you to Clifton’s StrengthsFinder resources in case you are interested in purchasing their full assessment – https://store.gallup.com/p/en-us/10385/strengthsfinder-2.0-(hardcover) – for more concrete results.
First, you’ll visit the site with the 1-2 sentence descriptions for each of the 34 Engagement Strengths. Click on the link below to view the list:
- CliftonStrengths Quick Reference (it’s a PDF file) – https://www.gallup.com/file/workplace/245090/CliftonStrengthsQuickReferenceCard.pdf
List of 34 Engagement Strengths: 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
As you review the list, choose between 5 and 10 Engagement Strengths that you believe describes you best and write them down. Once you’ve narrowed your list to 5-10, click on the next link to view a more detailed description of the Strengths:
- Full Theme Descriptions – https://www.wiboscoc.org/uploads/3/7/2/4/37244219/strengthsfinder_full_description.pdf
After reading the full descriptions, you will need to narrow down your list to the top FIVE (5) Engagement Strengths that describe you best (no need to rank order them). Write down your Top Five, then visit this site for another detailed explanation for each of your Engagement Strengths:
- The 34 Ways to Describe What You Naturally Do Best – https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/253715/34-cliftonstrengths-themes.aspx
Scroll down to see a list of each of the 34 Themes; click on the first Strength on your list, watch the short video, and read some important facts about that particular Strength. Write down a few keys words/sentences that are used to describe that each strength, since you’ll need to provide this information on your character resume. You will then do the same thing for your other four strengths.
And if the resources above weren’t enough, check out these resources for more information regarding your specific Engagement Strengths, which will also provide you with words/phrases that describe each Engagement Strength:
- Quick Reference Guide (includes brief descriptions and Healthy/Productive and Unhealthy/Barrier Descriptors) – https://www.med.umn.edu/sites/med.umn.edu/files/strengths_quick_reference_guide_w_pro_con_.pdf
- Strengths: Balconies and Basements (Theme Descriptors and Barrier Labels) – https://scdd.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2018/09/Strengths-Barrier-Labels.pdf
- Strengths: Light and Dark (In Balance or Over-Calibrated) – https://www.literacymn.org/sites/default/files/strengths-light-and-dark.pdf
As you review the descriptions, feel free to make changes to your Top Five list, since you may realize that one may be more like you than one on your current list. The goal of this lesson is to provide you with a starting point of identifying how you can use your Engagement Strengths not only at work, but in other settings as well.
Once you’ve selected your TOP FIVE (5) Engagement Strengths, write down a short phrase/sentence that describes what’s best about each particular strength FOR YOU.
Bill’s Engagement Strengths Results
- Maximizer: Take people from good to great. Strive to help myself and others get better every day.
- Futuristic: Believe that the future can be better than the present, as long as you take action towards it.
- Relator: Have a small circle of friends that I work with and trust. Would rather have a small circle of trusted friends than a large number of associates. Feel same way about Life Design Catalyst Tribe.
- Belief: My Personal Core Values guide my every decision in life. Conflicts for me usually arise when there’s a conflict in my values.
- Activator: Believe that action is more important than thoughts and words. Interestingly enough, I created a Side Hustle 101 course so that people have the steps to go from idea to income in 3-4 weeks.
- Connectedness: Believe that we are all connected in some way for some reason. Everything happens for a reason.
Note: I’ve listed six Engagement Strengths; I’ve reviewed many of the Engagement Strengths Assessments I’ve taken over the years and these are the six that have consistently shown up over the past 15+ years.
Catalyst Challenge Worksheet
Here’s the link to download:
- Microsoft Word: catalyst challenge-know yourself worksheet, 2-6-22
- PDF: catalyst challenge-know yourself worksheet, 2-6-22
If you have any questions/comments/thoughts, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.