Why do we need a strengths-based approach ?

The Right Assumptions

  • Some behaviours can be learned but many are nearly impossible to learn

  • People who excel deliver the same outcomes, but use different   behaviours

  • Weakness fixing prevents failure

  • Strengths development leads to excellence.

The Wrong Assumptions

  • All behaviours can be learned

  • If you try hard enough you can do it

  • If you dream it, you can achieve it

  • People who excel all got there in exactly the same way

  • Fixing weakness leads to success


You can’t be anything you want to be, but you can get a whole lot better at what you already are. Manage weakness; major on strength!

What is Strength Potential ?

Strength Potential is an incorporated association registered in Queensland.

Its members are committed to helping people develop their potential through discovering and exercising their strengths, so that they in turn may make a difference in the lives of others.

The majority of Strength Potential’s work is in schools, through our Transition to Secondary Process, our Senior Student Kit and our Workshops for staff and students.

In addition, we offer Strengths Coaching and Strengths Gift Packs to individuals and a range of Workshops to other organisations.

What is Clifton StrengthsFinder© from Gallup?

The Clifton StrengthsFinder© is an online instrument that measures the presence of talents in 34 categories called ‘themes’. This is the assessment Strength Potential uses for all people over the age of 15.

What is it?

  • A developmental tool

  • Identifies 34 themes

  • No theme is better than another

  • A tool for helping people discover their talents

Where did it come from?

  • 3 decades of research

  • A long term study of success by the Gallup organisation

  • Surveys and in depth interviews across a wide range of fields

  • It has been tested across the cultures of 48 countries.


 Some facts

  • More than 21 million people have taken the StrengthsFinder© to date

  • Approximately 5000 people take it each day

  • It is available in 24 languages

  • The chance of someone else having your top 5 themes in the same order as you is 1: 33 million!

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