CliftonStrengths Assessment

A foundation for understanding how to capitalise on innate talents for greater performance

“There is no more effective way to empower people than to see each person in terms of his or her strengths.”

(Don Clifton Father of Strengths Psychology and Inventor of CliftonStrengths)

The Gallup CliftonStrengths assessment, sometimes also known by its previous name of Clifton StrengthsFinder is an evidence-based assessment that identifies a person’s unique sequence of 34 themes of talent. 

The assessment was created by Don Clifton and it was his cutting edge research into strengths-based development that had the American Psychological Association award him a Presidential Commendation as the Father of Strengths-Based Psychology. 

Today it is used by over 90% of Fortune 500 companies and is a key to team empowerment, accomplishment and greater leadership. 

If your people understand their unique talents they perform better at their jobs and become better team members with greater awareness and consideration of the talents of others. Differences become celebrated rather than a source of contention.  

The Momentum Architects use CliftonStrengths as a key foundation piece when working with organisations as it provides a common language and transformational understanding. It can provide the starting point to building a stronger culture and a culture focused on continual growth and improvement embraced by the entire organisation. 

The inaugural Strengths Meta-Analysis study by Gallup in 2015 and then updated in 2018 shows that strengths-based development has a significant effect on key performance outcomes.  



increase in customer engagement


increase in customer engagement


increase in profit

More about the CliftonStrengths Assessment

The CliftonStrengths assessment is an online assessment of personality traits from the perspective of positive psychology. There are 177 paired statements of which you choose the ‘end of the spectrum’ most applicable to you.   

Completing the assessment will provide a sequence of 34 (depending on the level of assessment taken) themes demonstrating how you naturally think, feel and behave. 

Generally, the top 5-10 are your most dominant talents and the chance of you having the same top 5 talents in the same order as someone else is 1 in 33 million (source: Gallup). 

Adding skills, knowledge and experience to these innate talents enable them to become strengths. 

E.g. being drawn toward strangers and enjoying the challenge of making a connection with them is a talent (from the Woo theme), whereas the ability to consistently build a network of supporters who know you and are prepared to help you is a strength.

The underlying philosophy of strengths-based development is that weaknesses should be managed but will never become strengths whereas strengths have infinite potential. Therefore if we focus on what’s right vs what’s wrong with people, exponential growth can occur.   

What others say!

We asked The Momentum Architects to come and present to our small team the fundamentals of our group dynamic through a deeper understanding of the CliftonStrengths Assessment. The Momentum Architects not only quickly adapted to our group and individual needs but also managed to enrol everyone in the activities leading to a much better group dynamic. Our off-site days are generally well received and successful, but this one was exceptionally well received and incredibly successful thanks to The Momentum Architects.

Dr Damian Kristof

Director, Vida Lifestyles, Forage Cereal

A great day full of learning, awareness and acknowledgement with ‘like-minded’ people. Dr M and Kerry D are a wealth of knowledge and experience. 


Logistics Manager, Energy company

I can not recommend the Momentum Architects enough! They have really helped my team to gain a better understanding of how they all have individual strengths and how by leaning into these strengths they can become a more cohesive team.

Steven Ziebowski

Area Leader Operations and Administration, Wyndham City Council

Really got me thinking outside the box. Definitely want to implement this with those I spend time with!


Director, Boody

Great fun session exploring the team dynamics. Good to challenge the way you do things. 


Director, Your Empire

The product delivered from Momentum Architects was exceptional; from the timeliness of reply to the quality of the debrief and coaching of all 34 strengths. The considered and personalised approach definitely gave me a light bulb moment and the confidence and enthusiasm to apply my strengths in both the professional and personal environment.


Senior Member, Australian Defence Force

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