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2021 Don Clifton Strengths-Based Culture Award Winners

Don Clifton's legacy is built on his mission to study "what's right with people." In this spirit, we introduce the Don Clifton Strengths-Based Culture Award. This award recognizes organizations with workplace cultures that put the strengths of leaders, managers and employees at the core of how they work every day.

These organizations drive performance by helping employees focus on what they do best, maximizing the potential within teams, and integrating strengths-based development into their mission, vision, and values.

Award Recipients

Accenture Logo

(two-time winner)

For the second year in a row, Accenture has won the Don Clifton Strengths-Based Culture Award. The global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security has made applying strengths one of the key actions in its approach to people development: Performance Achievement. Accenture's goal is enabling its 537,000 employees to receive coaching and development based on their CliftonStrengths assessments and providing a framework for focusing their greatest talents on accomplishing key priorities.

By weaving a strengths-based approach into meaningful career conversations, Accenture reimagined performance management through personalized experiences and talent growth. The resulting culture of coaching based on strengths centers around continuous feedback, enabled by a global network of approximately 300 strengths coaches. Their focus on collaboration and shared success helps fuel high performance and greater inclusion. Since the launch of Performance Achievement and strengths-based feedback, more than 530,000 Accenture employees have completed the CliftonStrengths assessment, and more than 430,000 Accenture employees have participated in a Q12 team engagement survey.

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Atlanta Public Schools

Serving more than 52,000 students throughout the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) focuses on the culture of its school district to help bring out the best in students. As part of its philosophy, APS focuses on individual gifts, talents and strengths -- starting with all employees. APS believes that to bring out the best in children, staff and leadership need to bring out the best in themselves by unleashing natural ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. APS focused on strengthening its culture by engaging, supporting and encouraging students and staff, creating trust with community leaders, and putting children first.

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PTC Therapeutics

Founded in 1998, PTC Therapeutics is a global commercial, diversified biopharmaceutical company with a footprint in more than 50 countries. It focuses on therapies for rare genetic disorders and emerging treatments for serious diseases. PTC Therapeutics is committed to sustaining employee engagement and embeds CliftonStrengths throughout the organization. All employees, managers and leaders leverage strengths in their roles. PTC Therapeutics invests in developing the natural talents of employees, helping managers individualize their approach and creating a common language throughout the organization.

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Regions Bank

Regions Bank is one of the nation's largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Focused on the future, Regions has committed to making strengths an integral part of the organization's DNA. CliftonStrengths is embedded throughout the organization, including manager development training, performance, wellbeing and culture. To ensure continuity in maintaining an engaged workforce and strong organizational culture, Regions embarked on its leadership development initiative, Leading the Regions Way, which entailed a commitment to developing the strengths of each associate, growing great managers through targeted leadership capability building and driving business performance through an engaged workforce.

Stryker Logo

(two-time winner)

Growing talent has always been a part of Stryker's DNA. To deliver on its mission every day, this global medical technology company is driven by a set of values that includes helping its approximately 43,000 employees discover their strengths and follow their passions. From hiring to development, talent is woven into the fabric of Stryker's organizational culture.

Keeping people at the heart of everything they do, Stryker is continually focused on providing talent solutions to their workforce. Strengths are an integral part of the company's culture, and Stryker uses the CliftonStrengths assessment to help employees understand their natural abilities. The company also leverages an internal coaching community of 240+ Gallup-certified strengths coaches to further drive the power of understanding one's strengths through individual and team coaching. When people can do what they do best, they look forward to coming to work and, in turn, will deliver great business results.

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