First Exercises

So now the CliftonStrengths 34 report is in your hands. (If your reaction now is: OK, Boomer, then may I tell you that all this is of course also possible electronically. And no, I’m not a boomer, albeit only narrowly.) But, what are you doing with it now? Of course, read it first. Highlighting Top… Continue reading First Exercises

Modes of Progression

René Girard developed a theory called mimetic desire. I would like to address part of this theory here and set it in a bigger arena. People are masters of imitation. As much as we often have the desire to be self-governed and independent, we learn most by imitating others. That is part of mimetic desire.… Continue reading Modes of Progression

Soft Skills, Spiral Dynamics, CliftonStrengths and more

First, we probably have to define what soft skills are: Soft skills are non-technical skills that relate to how you work. They include how you interact with colleagues, how you solve problems, and how you manage your work. As a start, let me give you some examples for soft skills. This is a rather long… Continue reading Soft Skills, Spiral Dynamics, CliftonStrengths and more

Vertical and horizontal Assessments

There are many psychometric assessments on the market today. Let’s name a few of the more famous ones: Myers Briggs Type Indicator MBTI, based on Carl Gustav Jung’s typology, with 16 types along the dichotomies of introversion vs. extraversion intuition vs. sensory thinking vs. feeling perceiving vs. judging The Enneagram, based of the work of… Continue reading Vertical and horizontal Assessments

Gallup Access Tips and Tricks

We have just undergone the transition from Gallup Strengths Center to Gallup Access, and there are changes. Some are more pleasant than others, and some need some love and creative workarounds. I have compiled some of the most important findings on my side to help you. This is mostly for coaches. One of the greatest… Continue reading Gallup Access Tips and Tricks

Domain Statistics

There are four domains in CliftonStrengths. According to Gallup, Strategic Thinking themes help you absorb and analyze information that informs better decisions. Relationship Building themes help you build strong relationships that hold a team together. Execution themes help you make things happen. Influencing themes help you take charge, speak up and make sure others are… Continue reading Domain Statistics


This is a question that is asked very often: What is the odds of somebody having the same strengths as I? First, let me tell you that this is just for fun. When coming up with the 34 talent themes, Donald Clifton chose them as they were emerging from the data and bundled the ones… Continue reading Statistics