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2022 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

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Accenture (three-time winner)

For the third 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 to enable its 699,000 employees to achieve great performance through coaching and development based on their CliftonStrengths assessments and by focusing their greatest talents to achieve key priorities.

By weaving a strengths-based approach into performance and career conversations, Accenture established a strengths-based culture, enabled by a global network of approximately 300 strengths coaches and hundreds of strengths champions. Their focus on collaboration and shared success helps fuel high performance and greater inclusion. Since the launch of Performance Achievement and strengths-based conversations, more than 623,000 Accenture employees have completed the CliftonStrengths assessment, and more than 607,000 Accenture employees have participated in a Q12 team engagement survey.

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Estée Lauder Companies

The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) is the global leader in prestige beauty -- delighting consumers with transformative products and experiences, inspiring them to express their individual beauty with a diverse portfolio of 25+ brands sold in approximately 150 countries and territories. Infused throughout the organization is a passion for creativity and innovation -- a desire to push the boundaries and invent the unexpected -- as they continue the bold work of founder Estée Lauder.

ELC has a long-standing tradition of championing the individual, which has been the cornerstone of the company's success for 75 years and has become a metaphor and a guiding philosophy for how to strategically leverage strengths as an enterprise, as departments, as teams and as individuals. President and CEO Fabrizio Freda and Executive Chairman William P. Lauder have consistently articulated a vision and mission that ELC leads by empowering talent to lean into their natural strengths in meaningful ways to maximize wellbeing and strategic value.

Complementing this approach, ELC's journey with CliftonStrengths has been an organic growth trajectory, resulting in the emergence of a companywide common language and a deeper understanding of how a strengths-based approach can unlock hidden potential. Through an accelerated affiliation with CliftonStrengths, ELC has integrated strengths-based frameworks and philosophies into many aspects of how they work and how enterprise goals and objectives are strategically achieved.

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Regions Bank (two-time winner)

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.

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Stryker (three-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 46,000 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 is 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 approximately 300 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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University of Nebraska Foundation

The mission of the University of Nebraska Foundation is to grow relationships and resources that enable the University of Nebraska to change lives and save lives. Relationships, engagement and culture fuel this purpose-driven and meaningful work. The Foundation wanted to help their team members become the best version of themselves at work and in life and saw that helping people know and leverage their strengths improved performance and helped people do more of what they do best. Efforts to build a strengths-based organization have led to a more inclusive workplace in which people feel welcomed, respected and celebrated. Embedding strengths coaching opportunities and equipping managers as coaches gives every employee the opportunity to grow and develop. CliftonStrengths is woven into the fabric of the organization. Through utilizing the common language of strengths, engagement and performance have increased each year.

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