Frequently Asked Questions About CliftonStrengths and the Partner2Learn Process

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If you do not see your question listed, contact us so we can answer it directly. We are here to help you guide, elevate, and transform yourself, your teams, and your organizations. Our process is similar to Gallup StrengthsCenter with a unique approach.

How do I take the CliftonStrengths assessment?
You can take the assessment by visiting CliftonStrengths, directly, or contacting us to purchase a code.

How long does the CliftonStrengths assessment take?
There are 177 questions and you have up to 20 seconds to answer each question. It typically takes between 30-50 minutes to complete.

Should I get my top 5 or all 34 strengths?
We can coach using your top 5 or top 8 strengths, but recommend your top 8, especially if you are in a leadership role. As a result, we encourage individuals to purchase their complete list of 34 strengths.

What is the difference between a talent and a strength?
A talent is a special natural ability, aptitude or recurring pattern of though, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied. A strength is a consistent, near perfect performance in an activity where you use your talent.

Why do you use 8 strengths categories instead of 4?
Our research shows that while the original 4 categories of executing, influencing, relationship building, and strategic thinking are beneficial, they are nebulous in nature. By breaking the themes into 8 categories, Partner-up Opportunities and action steps become much clearer.

What are combination factors?
Based on our years of research, we have identified multiple strengths, when paired together, provide a unique set of strengths that are amplified when found in combination.

Can my strengths change?
We have worked with over 300 people who have taken the assessment more than once. In our experience, strengths are generally static over time. While the order may change slightly, you typically will only see your 6-8 strength pop up in your top 5. You won’t see a complete shift.

How old do you need to be to take this? Can my children take it?
Gallup recommends that you are 17 or order, but if you have a good grasp of the English language, younger children could take it. Gallup also offers an assessment for children that can help your younger children.

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