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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Supervision

  • This document contains 60 different ideas for Strengths-based activities you could use with students. The majority of these activities work best in group situations versus 1:1 situation such as advising or career counseling/ coaching. The activities can take as little as 60 seconds or up to 60 minutes to complete.

  • Career Exploration Guide
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    This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Career Exploration' video or on its own to use your Strengths to explore careers.

  • Degrees of Talent/ Owning My Strengths
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    This activity asks students to recognize the personal difficulties associated with affirming their own themes of talent.

  • Four Domains of Leadership worksheet
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    This worksheet describes each of the Four Domains of Leadership and provides space to see where one's Top 5 Talent Themes fall according to the Domains.

  • Goal Sheet Template
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    A goal-setting template that incorporates Strengths into the goal setting and achievement process. Designed for use in a student employment setting.

  • I Do it With Ease
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    In this activity, students begin to move from reflection and evaluation to application and apply theme-specific strategies to achieve academic success.

  • Intensify Strength
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    This activity will help students begin to actively develop their talent.

  • Job Searching Guide
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    This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Job Searching' video or on its own to find ways to use Strengths in your resume, cover letter, interviewing, job search, and elevator pitch.

  • Major Exploration Guide
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    This Guide can be used along with the 'Strengths: Major Exploration' video or on its own to learn more about how to use your Strengths during the major exploration process.

  • Realizing My Potential
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    This activity helps students integrate the elements of strength development: talent, skills, and knowledge. Specifically, students identify what talents, skills, and knowledge are required to complete three tasks. This process will help students begin to develop a model of how they can consciously apply their talents to develop strength.

  • Reawakening your Professional Passion by using Strengths in the Workplace: Reflection and Action Plan
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    This series of reflection questions allow you to reflect upon your current job and how you use your strengths currently and how you can find ways to use your strengths even more every day.

  • Relationships and Teams Video
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    This Guide can be used along with the 'Relationships and Teams' video or on its own to learn how you can use your Strengths in your partnerships with others.

  • Studying and Academic Success Guide
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    This Guide can be used along with the 'Studying and Academic Success' video or on its own for tips about how to use your Strengths to make the most out of your study time, as well as how you can use your Strengths to achieve your academic goals.

  • Talent, Theme, and Strength
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    This activity helps students understand and develop a common language in which they can discuss natural talents and the development and application of strength.

  • Talent-Based Studying
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    In this activity, students continue to move from reflection and evaluation to application and appreciate the role their talents and strengths play in making them their own best educator and learner.

  • Team Talent Map Template Version 2
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    An easy-to-use Excel template for a Strengths Team Talent Map. The template automatically displays the frequency of each talent theme. Created by Organizational Effectiveness (OE) at the U of M. 

  • What I Bring
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    This exercise helps individuals understand their strengths in terms of what they bring to a team and what they need from their team to be successful.