Activities and Exercises

For a list of activities and exercises relevant to how you interact with students please choose a resource category from the drop down menu below. Please note that some of the activities may provide instructions/faciltiation notes that refer to use in the classroom or some other specific setting (i.e. career). Many of these activities have been categorized more broadly because they can be easily adapted to fit other settings. Please also note that many of these activities will require you to authenticate using your x.500 while some are available to the general public.

Three specific resources are highlighted below that are especially helpful in 1:1 sessions with students.

If you have strengths activities that you have developed and you are willing to share, please email them, with facilitation notes included, to strengths@umn.edu.

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Discovering Strengths (Introductory Info & Activities)

  • A Fresh Perspective
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    This activity helps students affirm their Signature Themes by relating the themes to past difficulties. This process will help students begin to develop a model of how they can consciously apply their talents to achieve success.

  • At First Glance
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    This activity helps students analyze the content presented in their Signature Theme Report. One of the qualities that separates StrengthsFinder from other personality-type indicators is its accessible and value-added language.

  • This activity can be used as an icebreaker, or it can be used anywhere in the curriculum to facilitate discussion about talent and strengths. The purpose of this activity is to get students to think about what they do well and how people use their strengths in order to be successful.

  • Best of the Best
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    This activity allows students to talk about individuals they identify as successful and to see that those qualities that make them successful are ones they themselves already possess. Success comes from strength, and strength comes from talent.

  • Collaborative Environment Document
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  • Exploring My Signature Themes
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    This activity is designed to help students gain a greater understanding of their individual talents, providing a basis as students continue their StrengthsQuest. Students are asked to define each of their Signature Themes using their own words and phrases, and then share these definitions in small groups.

  • Five Clues to Talent
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    In this activity, students are asked to consider five questions designed to unearth revealing clues about talent and evaluate their general academic goals in light of their talents and strengths, as well as other personal qualities and external considerations.

  • How Do I Use My Top 5 Guide
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    This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Myth Smashing' video or on its own to learn more about the Strengths philosophy, the StrengthsFinder assessment and your own Top 5

  • International Students Guide
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    This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: International Students' video or on its own  to learn more about the Strengths philsophy and how to use your Strengths as a international student at the U of M.

  • Myth Smashing Guide
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    This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Myth Smashing' video or on its own to learn more about the Strengths philosophy, the StrengthsFinder assessment and your own Top 5

  • Parents and Families Guide
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    This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Parents and Families' video or on its own to gain tips for how family members can support their student in applying their Strengths to be successful.

  • Periodic Table of Strengths
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    This was designed by a student at Muhlenberg College for use on their website. We have been given permission to post it here.

  • Reporting Signature Themes
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    Share signature themes and invite responses to help validate and affirm top talent themes.

  • Signature Themes Grid
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    In this activity the participant will describe their top five talent themes in their own words, provide an example of how they've used each of their strengths, and how they plan to use them in the future. It's a great exercise to help people understand their strengths.

  • Strengths Insight Cards
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    All 34 themes with descriptions for validation and affirmation of Strengths.

  • StrengthsQuest Handout 2011
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    An introduction to StrengthsQuest with a helpful list of next steps to make use of Strengths resources at the U. Also includes reflection questions.

  • The Great Wall of Talent (Themes)
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    This activity aims to validate and affirm talent themes.

  • Treasure Hunt / Scavenger Hunt
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    This activity is designed to get people up and moving around to learn more about each other. Each person should identify one of his or her top five Clifton StrengthsFinder themes to share during this activity. He or she should be prepared to talk about “one benefit of this theme.”

  • Verify Your Signature Themes, Revisited
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    This activity helps students affirm their talent themes by asking them to discuss themes of talent with significant others.

  • Verifying My Signature Themes
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    This activity helps students examine how their Signature Themes are manifested in their daily activities and how their Signature Themes are seen through the eyes of others.