StrengthsFinder 2.0 uses a system of assessments and activities to help individuals identify their talents and develop their strengths. The program includes a series of best books and various online tools.
Individuals can utilize StrengthsFinder 2.0 by completing the online assessment. The website provides a detailed listing of five strengths, based on analysis of the answers given. Users receive 10 suggestions for action corresponding to each of their strengths, along with a Strength Discovery Activity and a Strength-based Action Plan.
The website also offers a decorative certificate to display the five identified strengths and a guide for having strength-centered conversations with others. Developers claim that following the suggested actions will help users cultivate their strengths and better meet personal goals.
Originally developed in 1998, StrengthsFinder 2.0 originated from the efforts of David O. Clifton, Ph.D., and a group of scientists. They created an online assessment tool that helped people find their individual strengths. In 2004, the system became known as the Clifton StrengthsFinder.
In 2007, the original platform was updated with more recent scientific research. Developers changed its name to StrengthsFinder 2.0 and added a variety of features, to include additional language options, more detailed analysis of results and a faster process. The corresponding book is a New York Times bestseller.