During one of my public speaking opportunities, I asked my audience for a show of hands. I was curious to know how many in the audience had taken a Clifton StrengthsFinder. My guess is that there were 60 or so people in the audience.
To my surprise, approximately 45 hands went up. I asked a follow-up question. I asked how many people who had their hands up had done anything with their StrengthsFinder report. I was curious to know if anybody had gone through Strengths Coaching with a Strengths Coach or if they had done additional research on their own.
Out of the 45 hands that were up, only 5 hands continued to stay up. That day, I learned that out of the now 13,000,000 people around the globe who have taken a Clifton StrengthsFinder, only a small percentage have gone beyond taking the assessment.
I took a Clifton StrengthsFinder approximately 5 years ago. The report came back to me. I read the report. I put the report into a folder and filed it away just like most other people do.
It wasn’t until someone came long a few years ago and coached me to understand my strengths, to understand how my strengths operate and how my strengths behave when they run up against someone else’s strengths, that the light bulbs began to turn on in my mind.
All of a sudden, I started to understand why I had always operated the way I did. I started to understand how other people I knew operated the way they did. It was at the point where I accepted and embraced my strengths that my Strengths Coach began to show me how to leverage my strengths.
Then the light bulbs really started lighting up!
I learned that the event of taking a Clifton StrengthsFinder was just the beginning. It is when I went through a process to learn to embrace and leverage my unique strengths that my world started to change.