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CliftonStrengths Finder Assessment Can Help Achieve Your Goals

Do you have something you hope to change or build upon this year in your life?

If you've ever struggled to make a substantial life change, it might be because you're too focused on correcting your weaknesses rather than investing in your strengths. That's according to Clifton Strengths Finder.

Nora Cox, senior instructor of communication at Missouri State University, is a certified Strengths Finder coach. She says awareness of ourselves makes us more productive at whatever we hope to achieve.

"Our combination of talents gives us power and edge to do whatever it is we decide we need or want to do. And that is a great first step, no matter what your goal is," she said.

The Clifton Strengths Finder is a 177-question assessment built on research over many years. The 34 strengths are divided among four domains: executing, influencing, relationship building, and strategic thinking.

Once completed, five top themes emerge that speak to how you view and interact with the world.

"Just because people are strong in an area, like relationship building, doesn't mean that they don't also get things done. It means that they get there through another direction," she said. "It's a really respectful, productive and positive way for us to engage with our differences."

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Nicki received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State in marketing, in 2002 and 2004 respectively. After gaining experience in writing, marketing, special event planning, fundraising and public relations, she returned to the university to work in the office of strategic communication. There she tells the university’s story by sharing the stories of individuals at Missouri State.
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