The 34 Advantage

Some of my favorite strengths are not listed in my Top 5.

I love #8 Strategic and #7 Futuristic. I can also see the influence #9 Intellection has on me when it comes to the way I work and create. In fact, I love and appreciate #6-#10, but I never would have discovered them, had I not unlocked my CliftonStrengths 34 Report.

What is the CliftonStrengths 34 Report?

I’m glad you asked.

Many people who have discovered their Top 5 through the CliftonStrengths assessment are unaware that there is an option to unlock all 34 themes in order. Let’s take a few minutes to talk about what this report is and what it isn’t.

CliftonStrengths 34 Report

On Oct 25, 2018 Gallup launched a new and improved CliftonStrengths 34 Report and produced a 20 minute eLearning video to help users understand their 34. The report comes complete with visuals, self-paced coaching, and tips on how to make the most of your top strengths. You can view a sample report here.

Through this report you can discover which domain is dominant for you (for me it’s Strategic Thinking).

You can also identify and learn about your dominant, supporting and lesser talents.

  • Dominant: Talents you use daily.

  • Supporting: Talents you can turn on and off.

  • Lesser: Talents you do not operate in.

The report is generated when you take the CliftonStrengths Assessment to discover your Top 5, but costs an additional amount to access. ($39)

The 34 Advantage

Don’t get me wrong. The Top 5 has major value. They are your most potent strengths and can be the best starting place if you are new to this philosophy, but when you are ready to go deeper, unlocking your 34 can be a game changer.

Jim Clifton, CEO and Chairman of Gallup, says “what you need to know as a leader -- is that including all 34 CliftonStrengths themes in your feedback -- what I call "deep strengths" -- is infinitely more transformative and useful than just the Top 5 -- what I call "shallow strengths."

I personally believe that the best part of unlocking all 34 is #6-10. Identifying those strengths gives you a unique opportunity to understand your Top 5 even more. For instance, I use my #8 Strategic alongside my #1 Ideation all of the time to quickly narrow my ideas to what would work best for the situation I am in.

I also appreciate seeing my lesser strengths, and the relief that comes with knowing that I can’t (and shouldn’t try to) be all things to all people. It is helpful for me to understand what areas I do not need to worry about, so that I can turn my attention to the ones that really matter. My dominant strengths.

From a coaching perspective, unlocking all 34 allows us to understand the person more fully so that development can be enriched and broadened.

As Jim Clifton says, “If you were coaching Jim Clifton Top 5 you would only be getting about 10% of me.”

Strength-Not Weakness

Often clients tell us they want to unlock their 34 so that they can see what their “weaknesses” are. They assume those weaknesses are listed at the bottom of their report. While it is interesting to note the themes listed at the bottom of your report, it does not make them weaknesses. Instead, think of them as tools that you are not picking up and using. Perhaps these might be good areas to partner with someone in? (For me #32 is Discipline, but my husband, Salem and my business partner, LeAnne both have Discipline high). And sometimes, your other strengths make your lesser talents unnecessary. I have Futuristic #7 and Context #33. This means I look more to the future when making decisions than to the past. These are both time-orientation strengths and I prefer the future more than the past. That is how I am wired, it doesn’t make me any less or any more-just unique.

Still weakness obsessed?

You may want to know that the basement of your strengths can get you in more trouble than your bottom 5. The basement of my #3 strength Focus can be “stressed” or “tough to relax." That can get me in way more trouble than my lack of Discipline ever could.

To Recap

The CliftonStrengths 34 Report is a powerful tool to aid in personal and professional development. It allows users to understand their dominant, supporting and lesser talents, and gives coaches and managers a more complete picture of the person to work with. However, it is not a key to uncovering your top weaknesses.

So there it is, a quick intro to the CliftonStrengths 34 Report.

A true game-changer, and the reason I know that I have 5 strategic thinking themes, 2 influencing themes, 2 executing themes and only 1 relationship building theme in my top 10.

Aren’t you curious to find out what’s in yours?

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