It is a recognized fact though that the Strengths-momentum created during the past 8 years is largely attributed to the high quality influence of Africanmosaic, and their good relationship with Gallup. Although Africanmosaic is recognized by Gallup for the work and achievement regarding the development and expansion of the Strengths Movement through the Clifton StrengthsFinder in South Africa (SA is currently (March 2013) the second largest buyer of CSF codes via The Gallup Strengths Center, second only to the USA), none of the services, coaching or training we provide are accredited by Gallup as
Gallup does not accredit any external consultants or trainers - only employees and Strengths Coaches trained on location in the USA.
The owners (and trainers) of Africanmosaic was trained by Gallup in StrengthsFinder Coaching (Level 1, 2 & 3) and in ME25 Engagement Assessment, and they are the only members outside of the USA who are part of the Gallup Strengths Advisory Forum (2013). Dries Lombaard (owner, Africanmosaic) is also the only South African contributor to the official Gallup Strengths Blog. (www.gallupstrengthscenter.com)
The Strengths Coaches trained by Africanmosaic are accredited by us, and not by Gallup. We use the Gallup science, process and methodology in our training of Strengths Coaches. The only Gallup Strengths Coach accredited training is done on location in Omaha, Nebraska, at a cost of $7500 (R67'500) for 5 days (accelerated course) or $2900 (R26'100) for a 3-day Course. (See www.gallupstrengthscenter.com)
Africanmosaic is also the only company in South Africa who has a printing- and online-assessment agreement with Gallup. We have a 8 year official working relationship with Gallup in Omaha, Nebraska. (For confirmation of any of this information, we can put you in touch with the relevant people at Gallup to verify.)
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Based on a 40-year study of human strengths, Gallup created a language of the 34 most common talents and developed the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to help people discover and describe these talents. In 2001, the initial version of this assessment was included with the bestselling management book Now, Discover Your Strengths. The discussion quickly moved beyond the management audience of this book. The goal was to start a global conversation about what's right with people. It appears that the world was ready to have this conversation.
The Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment sorts the 34 talent Themes in order according to how you answer the scientifically designed sequence of 178 questions. Each of the 34 Talent Themes describes your specific talent, or your recurring pattern of thinking, feeling and behaving.
The interpretation of this report, though seemingly simple, really only achieves dynamic impact in personal and team development if unpacked and applied contextually by a trained an experienced Strengths coach. Something most people don't understand, is that the report itself, although revealing and extremely accurate, does not mean very much. It is the dynamic interaction between the top, middle and lower talent themes, and the way you apply and develop them into practical areas of your life and career, that truly makes a significant impact regarding the use and maximizing of your unique talent themes.
Also, the StrengthsFinder instrument is one of the most dynamically accurate assessments out there. If you think that the DISC assessment gives you 1 in 4 possible combinations, and the Myers-Briggs gives you 1 in 16 combinations, it is astounding that the Clifton StrengthsFinder has more than 33 million possible combinations ONLY in the Top 5 out of the 34 Talent Themes!!
In its most simple explanation, each of the 34 talents basically means the following:
Achiever - one with a constant drive for accomplishing tasks
Activator - one who acts to start things in motion
Adaptability - one who is especially adept at accommodating to changes in direction/plan
Analytical - one who requires data and/or proof to make sense of their circumstances
Arranger - one who enjoys orchestrating many tasks and variables to a successful outcome
Belief - one who strives to find some ultimate meaning behind everything they do
Command - one who steps up to positions of leadership without fear of confrontation
Communication - one who uses words to inspire action and education
Competition - one who thrives on comparison and competition to be successful
Connectedness - one who seeks to unite others through commonality
Consistency - one who believes in treating everyone the same to avoid unfair advantage
Context - one who is able to use the past to make better decisions in the present
Deliberative - one who proceeds with caution, seeking to always have a plan and know all of the details
Developer - one who sees the untapped potential in others
Discipline - one who seeks to make sense of the world by imposition of order
Empathy - one who is especially in tune with the emotions of others
Focus - one who requires a clear sense of direction to be successful
Futuristic - one who has a keen sense of using an eye towards the future to drive today's success
Harmony - one who seeks to avoid conflict and achieve success through consensus
Ideation - one who is adept at seeing underlying concepts that unite disparate ideas
Includer - one who instinctively works to include everyone
Individualization - one who draws upon the uniqueness of individuals to create successful teams
Input - one who is constantly collecting information or objects for future use
Intellection - one who enjoys thinking and thought-provoking conversation often for its own sake, and also can data compress complex concepts into simplified models
Learner - one who must constantly be challenged and learning new things to feel successful
Maximizer - one who seeks to take people and projects from great to excellent
Positivity - one who has a knack for bring the light-side to any situation
Relator - one who is most comfortable with fewer, deeper relationships
Responsibility - one who, inexplicably, must follow through on commitments
Restorative - one who thrives on solving difficult problems
Self-Assurance - one who stays true to their beliefs, judgments and is confident of his/her ability
Significance - one who seeks to be seen as significant by others
Strategic - one who is able to see a clear direction through the complexity of a situation
Woo - one who is able to easily persuade
Okay, so you do the StrengthsFinder, obtain your results, and.....so what??
Exactly! It will only be a short-lived firework if you do not go on a journey of development and growth with a trained and experienced Strengths Coach. THAT is what Africanmosaic is about. Maximizing your talents into high impact strengths. (Check out this video for more on this...)
There are plenty of "wannabe" Strengths Coaches out there! Verify that your coach was trained by us, and is part of our accredited Talent Mosaic network of South African Strengths Coaches. Our coaches rank with the best in the world.