Sunday, August 26, 2012

StrengthsFinder Full-34 Report goes public!

This is truly breaking news for all people who love the StrengthsFinder: Gallup's chairman and CEO Jim Clifton announced in his blog on August 18th that everyone can now get the StrengthsFinder report with all 34 ranked talents for 89 Dollars. It is also possible to get the Top-5-Talent report for 10 Dollars without buying one of the Gallup books.

I admire this decision and it increases my respect for Gallup. It has always bothered me that the full-34 version was mainly available to employees who are fortunate enough to work for a company that could afford Gallup's consulting services. This bothered me also in view of the  the "revolutionary", "make-the-world-a-better-place" rhetoric in many of the Gallup books.

And believe me: it makes a big difference if you know your ranked sequence of all 34 talent themes rather than only your top five (signature) talents. In fact, in my strengths-based coaching training that I received in the past from Gallup, it was always emphasized that it is really our top 10 talents that define us. 

From an acquaintance who personally knows Jim Clifton, I learnt that is has always been a concern of him how to spread the StrengtsFinder tool and philosophy to a wider public, while of course not jeopardizing the economic engine of Gallup Consulting. I imagine that these are two difficult objectives to balance. And hence, I applaud Gallup's courageous step to make the StrengthsFinder available to a much wider public.

I find it also interesting that Gallup has not chosen to go the way that many providers of personality assessments have gone: to develop a network of independent, certified coaches as a special "sales channel" for the StrengthsFinder. This emphasizes their commitment to really make it available to a broad public. And I also know from own experience that the true value add of strengths-based coaching is not in administering a psychological assessment and provide some standardized feedback, but to provide a highly individualized feedback for a client, taking many other factors such as personality into account, and then provide clear, actionable recommendations for how to develop talents into strengths that go well beyond the general advise you can find in the Gallup books.

3 comments:

Wayne Pittman, CMA said...

I've just started a Leadership Success Library blog and started my book reviews with Strengths Finder 2.0. Personally I found it interesting on an individual level but not quite worth the price. It gets more powerful when you use it for an entire team. Unlike Myers Briggs this is certainly more affordable. You can see my review at http://leadershipsuccesslibrary.blogspot.ca/

Stephanie said...

Thank you so much for this blog post. Otherwise I've never would have known! This is a great announcement! I know, I am a strengths geek!

ngocminh nguyen said...

Nice post! Very informational and knowledgeable. I will expect more from you in the future.
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