- Gallup Called to Coach Webcast Series
- Season 2, Episode 8
- Learn about strengths from two Gallup chief scientists, including the difference between talents and strengths, and how your Top 5 make you incredibly unique.
On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup Chief Scientists Dr. Jim Harter and Jim Asplund. With 44 years of combined experience, Harter and Asplund are the world's foremost experts on the science of strengths.
Harter and Asplund have been working with the science of strengths since its early development stages, paving the way for over 10 million people around the world to discover their innate talents.
The two discuss the odds of finding two people with the same Top 5 strengths in the same order is 1 in 33 million, proving that individuals' Top 5 strengths are incredibly unique. Even two people who share four of their Top 5 strengths -- a difference of just one strength in the Top 5 -- can have entirely different personalities.
Talent vs. Strength
Talent is something people are born with; it is often thought of as someone's potential. Strengths are developed when individuals invest in and develop their talents. When talents are productively applied, they eventually become strengths. Talents that are not productively applied fail to blossom into strengths.
Retaking the CliftonStrengths Assessment
Taking the assessment multiple times typically yields similar results. There is no guarantee that the results will be the same each time, especially if someone takes it at a younger age, and then again later on in life. On a whole, however, when the assessment is taken truthfully, the results will not be significantly different.
To find out more about the science behind strengths, watch the full video above.
Jim Harter, Ph.D., is the author of New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing, and New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements. He is the primary researcher and author of the first large-scale, multiorganization study to investigate the relationships between work-unit employee engagement and business results.
Jim Harter's Top 5 CliftonStrengths are Achiever, Focus, Learner, Relator and Futuristic.
Jim Asplund leads Gallup's worldwide research on the science of strengths. He is coauthor of the book Human Sigma: Managing the Employee-Customer Experience. His expertise includes strategic research and consulting on how developing employees' strengths will maximize their potential and how employee and customer engagement interact to drive organizational performance.
Jim Asplund's Top 5 CliftonStrengths are Analytical, Individualization, Ideation, Maximizer and Strategic.