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What is StrengthsFinder 2.0 used for?

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StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a personal assessment tool developed by Gallup that is focused on tapping into a person's strengths rather than weaknesses. The strengths survey is in book form: "StrengthsFinder 2.0" by Tom Rath. It is used to give people a realistic sense of their strengths so that they can apply them every day to shape their own destinies, such as getting a better career.

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This particular assessment is version two, meaning it is a new and improved version of the first assessment. StrengthsFinder 2.0 can help people pinpoint what they like to do at work and their external motivators.

"StrengthsFinder 2.0" was written by Tom Rath and released on Feb. 1, 2007. Rath, a team of scientists with The Gallup Organization and Dr. Donald O. Clifton created the first StrengthsFinder assessment. Beginning work on the assessment in 1998, it was then included in the book "Now, Discover Your Strengths" and released in 2001. Clifton died in 2003, and the assessment's name was changed to Clifton StrengthsFinder in 2004.

The updated version of the assessment is faster and more reliable. The test has 34 themes, which are the most common talents people possess. The results show how a person's top themes affect his life through personalized strength insights. There are over 5,000 possible strength insights available.

After completing the assessment online, individuals receive a Strengths Discovery and Action-Planning Guide. This personalized guide includes action ideas for an individual's top five themes, a strengths discovery activity to determine how personal attributes work together and a strength-based action plan to help set specific goals. The action plan includes weekly, monthly and yearly goal setting plans.

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