Finding Our Strengths and Getting Stronger

Last week, the core members of the City of Light team completed the Clifton StrengthsFinder Top Five Strengths Assessment. We love it because it’s so easy to apply its concepts at any organization, no matter what size.

Through their 80+ years of research, Gallup has identified 34 strengths, or ways that people lead. The StrengthsFinder Top Five Assessment gave us a detailed report of each of our team members’ top strengths, which fall into four categories: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, and Strategic Thinking.

You can see from our results that the City of Light team is pretty heavily oriented toward Strategic Thinking! That made a lot of sense to us, given our field. All of the things we do, from grant writing to strategic planning to crowdfunding campaigns, require these kinds of analytical and goal-oriented strengths.

We each have one top five strength in the category of Relationship Building, which helps keep us glued together as a team, and Nikki and I both have Executing top five strengths that help keep the team focused and on-task. Nikki has the Influencing strengths that help us reach a broader audience and make sure our ideas are heard—both inside the organization and outside of it.

Now that we know our leading strengths, we’re working to ensure that each of us doing what we do best every day and leverage our biggest strengths for the firm and for our clients. We also have a pretty good handle on the strengths we’ll want to look for as we bring on new team members.

Small nonprofit groups can use this tool in a variety of ways, and as the City of Light team discussed our results we got excited about the ways StrengthsFinder could help nonprofit boards as they develop. Boards need to be able to work together as a team, and StrengthsFinder can help them figure out where they currently have strengths, and how to use those strengths—plus what strengths to look for in new members. At $9.99, the Top Five Assessment is an affordable way for small organizations to approach board development.

Check out the team’s Strengths Profiles below, and let us know if you’re using StrengthsFinder!

Nikki’s Top 5: WooStrategicMaximizerArrangerIndividualization 

Alex's Top 5: InputFuturisticIdeationIntellectionConnectedness

Laura's Top 5: StrategicIdeationAnalytical, RelatorAchiever