Personal strengths canvas from Shelly Eisen-Livneh
The Strengths framework was developed by a team of researchers at Gallup, by interviewing a couple of million top performing professional individuals across different industries, sectors, and seniority levels over a few decades. They identified about 34 distinct “Strengths” that appear in different individuals, in different combinations.
The framework differentiates between skill, knowledge, and talent. It defines the latter as something you can do consistently and nearly perfectly — time and time again. That explains why it is virtually impossible to create a near-perfect performance by simply teaching someone a new skill. When you learn a new skill, you learn the steps of an activity. You may weave a few new connections, but you do not learn how to reweave your entire neural network. Skills determine if you can do something, talents will reveal how well and how often you do it.
You can take the assessment questionnaire online for about $20. I read the book and took my assessment test about 3 years ago. The results made a lot of sense instantly, and helped me pave the way to a more fulfilling professional and personal day-to-day and path.
To better incorporate this into my daily routine, I built this simple canvas for planning, monitoring and reflecting periodically. Occasionally, I like to share a partial version of this canvas with peers and managers, so they can better understand who I am, what makes me tick, and in which context I am the most productive and potent.