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Taking Strengths Finder 2.0 (One of the most valuable things I have done to grow personally and professionally)

I learned about the Strengths Finder 2.0 from Dave Stachowiak during his Coaching For Leaders podcast with Steve Dosier back in 2012. I remember being really intrigued about the Strengths Finder and how it could reveal your top strengths. But I waited another 5 years before I took it myself. What caused me to do it was that I had resigned from my corporate job and I was about to start my own business. I was coming off a 10 year trainer position (teaching Excel among other software apps like QuickBooks). So on my first official Monday on my own self-employed speaking I woke up before 5AM and took the Clifton Strengths Finder 2.0.

I took the assessment to learn about my strengths and because I wanted to build my firm around my strengths to give me the best advantage. I was very pleased to have gained access to an instant report with my top 5 themes. I’ll share with you my top 5:

  1. Learner
  2. Responsibility
  3. Harmony
  4. Discipline
  5. Belief

I found incredible value in reading over my report and the ideas for action section. They were so useful that Sequentia Solutions’ core values were created as a result of my top 5 strengths. Sequentia Solutions core values are as follows:

  1. Be Prepared
  2. Prudent Mindset
  3. Learner

On page 20 of the book, they write about the strengths formula which is
TALENT * INVESTMENT = STRENGTH whereas

“Talent is a natural way of thinking, feeling, or behaving and investment is time spent practicing, developing your skills, and building your knowledge base. Strength is the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance.”

In addition to taking the strengths assessment yourself, I also recommend listening to Kathy Kersten’s podcast, Obey Your Strengths, which has some really great discussions on Strengths.

By | 2019-08-20T09:05:31-05:00 August 19th, 2019|Productivity Hacks|0 Comments

About the Author:

Steve Chase grew up in Dayton, OH but now calls San Antonio, TX home along with his entrepreneur wife, Erin, and their 4 sons. Steve founded Sequentia Solutions in 2017 to help small business owners grow their business with practical and effective solutions. Steve's #1 Clifton StrengthsFinder skill is Learner which comes in handy while he teaches others how to best use various business software applications like QuickBooks Online and Excel. Steve is an active volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts and treasures the lessons he learned while participating in Scouts as a youth on his path to Eagle. Steve enjoys drinking coffee, a good book, visiting art museums, and doing math problems using a brand new sharpened #2 pencils.

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