CliftonStrengths Training

Carolyne French

By Carolyne French, Head of Program Learning and Clifton-Strengths Accredited Coach,
1 January 2024

Thinka’s Gallup-certified strengths coaches work with teams to help them understand their CliftonStrengths assessments and build powerful partnerships.

Teams get to know themselves and each other by completing their CliftonStrengths Assessments and applying this understanding to their roles and relationships. Strengths-based development has a positive, uplifting effect on teams and helps them tap into unique talents to achieve team and business outcomes.

Don Clifton, founder of CliftonStrengths, identified 34 strengths that are measured in the StrengthsFinder assessment, and individuals’ results will each show a unique set of strengths. By being aware of each other’s top strengths, teams can build more constructive partnerships and inspire each other toward greater performance.

Thinka unified departments. Opened awareness. Created a space to encourage a growth mindset. The program has been emotionally exhausting yet positively rewarding.

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Program Purpose

The purpose of this program is to help employees understand their unique strengths identified by Gallup research and access strengths-based coaching and support. This program also helps with developing empathy for other team members’ unique talents, an appreciation for different perspectives, and an ability to partner on tasks and projects for better outcomes.

Working with organisations across Australia, we know there are changing expectations about workplace culture and the employee experience. Here are some examples:

  1. Need for holistic development: More and more, employees want organisations to invest in their development and focus on both technical skills and soft skills. Organisations that invest in a strengths-based culture have a language and toolkit that provides a more holistic approach to development and fosters better team engagement. 
  2. Expectations regarding employee engagement: More and more, employees are seeking organisations that are committed to providing a healthy, supportive employee experience. With a strengths-based culture, employees are more inspired to build constructive partnerships and drive team performance. 
  3. Flatter hierarchies: More and more, organisations are becoming flatter with employees having more responsibility and autonomy – especially in hybrid working environments. Team members are expected to initiate conversations and working relationships with others to achieve outcomes. Understanding each other’s strengths can help employees make smoother, easier connections.

Overall, an organisational focus on Gallup’s CliftonStrengths helps teams use a common language and set of tools to work constructively. With CliftonStrengths coaching and support from Thinka’s CliftonStrengths video collection, teams can work toward building a strengths-based workplace.

Program Benefits

With the help of a CliftonStrengths Program, employees can grow skills in the following areas:

  1. Collaboration: Employees who can appreciate the unique strengths of others and their individual perspectives collaborate better with co-workers. Employees can help each other tap into their natural talents and build trust with fellow team members. They learn how to appreciate different voices in conversations and consider these perspectives in decision-making. 
  2. Empathy: Finding ways to relate to other people’s unique talents and experiences, gives team members a better insight into their co-workers. When this happens, there is a better opportunity for connection and collaboration and this in turn means they’re more likely to support each other to achieve outcomes. 
  3. Relationship management: Employees who seek to understand other people and appreciate their differences, are better able to maintain healthy relationships. Team members who apply a CliftonStrengths lens by valuing other people’s talents and abilities, build longer-lasting connections. This also has a positive effect on the employee experience. 
  4. Leadership preparation: When employees apply a CliftonStrengths lens to teamwork, they are better able to contribute to a more inclusive workplace culture. With this ability to understand others and build relationships, they increase the likelihood of being promoted into a more senior or leadership position.

With the benefits of a CliftonStrengths approach embedded in organisation culture, team members are better able to collaborate and build constructive, supportive relationships.

Program FAQs

What is CliftonStrengths Training for Teams?

Our CliftonStrengths Training for Teams is specifically designed for employees to access immersive workshops and our highly successful strengths coaching sessions with certified coaches/trainers. This course aims to provide participants with the strategies, tools and resources to apply their individual CliftonStrengths themes back in the workplace. Our experienced facilitators have worked with many Australian workplaces on CliftonStrengths and will share case studies and stories to help your learners. We can also work with leaders to embed a strengths-based culture.

Why should my organisation offer CliftonStrengths Training?

This CliftonStrengths Teams Course helps teams put a strengths-based culture in place, leading to more powerful partnerships and empathy for one another. It also helps participants break down barriers, such as inflexibility and an inability to understand others and see different points of view. Employees are encouraged to safely learn from personal reflections and in small groups – to get to know their own and their team’s CliftonStrengths profiles.

Who can attend CliftonStrengths Training?

Teams are best suited to this training, although team leaders can attend to appreciate the range of talents across the team and see how they might coach others. We also have a specific CliftonStrengths Program for Leaders that helps them build skills in leading teams with a CliftonStrengths lens and enrich coaching conversations with the right language and tools. CliftonStrengths can also be integrated into a more generalised soft skills program or delivered as a stand alone workshop.

Is CliftonStrengths Training only available in person?

CliftonStrengths Training can be delivered in-person or as online training; depending on the organisation’s set-up. It is typically made up of strategies, discussions and coursework that supports moves to build a strengths-based culture. Our Thinka facilitators have CliftonStrengths training and coaching certifications, and are passionate about helping businesses build a strengths-based culture.

The training can be supported by coaching sessions with a Thinka coach. Coaching individuals plays an important role in challenging old behaviours and helping participants build new mindsets that supports a strengths-based culture.

We have also delivered this training as a series of webinars for businesses who are hybrid and dispersed across geographical areas.

Program Example for Teams


Before the program commences, participants will:

  • Complete a survey to identify their Strengths
  • Complete an introductory module on Strengths
  • Complete the task ‘Owning your Development’
  • Read their Strengths personal insights report



Workshop 1

Strengths and self-awareness

Participants will explore:

  • Transforming a talent into a Strength
  • Strengths from the balcony and from the basement
  • Talent mapping the team
  • An application activity



Workshop 2
Strengths-based teams

Participants will explore:

  • A pre-workshop activity: ‘The best of me’
  • The DNA of a team
  • Leveraging powerful partnerships
  • Managing weaknesses
  • An application activity



Workshop 3
Activating collective talents

Participants will explore:

  • A team survey completed pre-workshop
  • Using strengths to build team success through:
  1. Connection to a common purpose
  2. Communication
  3. Collaboration
  4. Celebration
  • Strategically applying Strengths to a performance challenge
Program Example for Leaders

Before the program commences, participants will:

  • Complete a survey to identify their leadership Strengths
  • Complete an introductory module on Strengths
  • Complete the task ‘Owning your Development’
  • Read their Strengths personal insights report



Workshop 1
Strengths-based leadership

Participants will explore:

  • Transforming a talent into a Strength
  • Strengths from the balcony and from the basement
  • Talents influencing their leadership style
  • The ‘Four needs of followers‘
  • An application activity



Workshop 2
Strengths and emotional intelligence

Participants will explore:

  • A self-reflection task on E.I. prior to the workshop
  • An awareness of the power, biases and filters talents can create
  • Building self-awareness, self-regulation and self-expression
  • Applying the Johari Window to self-understanding
  • Applying Strengths to manage your role expectations



Workshop 3
Activating collective talents

Participants will explore:

  • A team profile, prior to the workshop
  • DNA of a team (Domains of Strengths)
  • Building powerful partnerships
  • Strengths, gaps and vulnerabilities of the team
  • Integrating strengths into team rituals and routines
Program Case Study

Strengths Integration with Noisy Beast


1. What was the objective?

Off the back of an organisational restructure, we used the CliftonStrengths 34 assessment as part of a teams kit to integrate squad-based team design into Noisy Beast’s DNA. This thinking was designed to achieve an agile approach to the workflow and a client-centric approach to working.

2. How did we do it?

We brought together both vertical teams (client focused) and horizontal teams (discipline focused), and completed a series of strengths-based learning events. Using a ‘powerful partnership’ approach, we matched team members together using the data provided in the CliftonStrengths assessments. This coupling of people brought key strengths combinations together to create a dynamic approach to working.

3. How was it integrated and what were the results?

The results were seen instantly with the leveraging of key powerful partnerships to drive workflows and a client-centric approach. As each team member gained an enhanced understanding of their strengths and the strengths of others, they will develop more powerful partnership combinations to achieve a fully integrated, strengths-based organisation.

Are you looking for one-off CliftonStrengths workshops?

Choose from three different CliftonStrengths workshops that are aimed at teams, frontline leaders or senior leaders – each having a unique focus.

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Understand Strengths

Audience: Teams
Delivery options: In-person or virtual workshop

Workplaces in the past have tended to focus on people’s weaknesses, which is hardly inspiring. Ultimately, a performance review communicating all the things that are ‘wrong’ won’t improve results. Using a supportive framework like CliftonStrengths, means we can frame performance constructively–making these conversations easier and more relatable.

Key Outcomes
1. Team members who can recognise their own strengths.
2. Team members who can apply their strengths to their work.
3. Team members who can see when they’re in their ‘basement’.
4. Team members who understand how to ‘dial up’ their strengths.
5. Team members who know how to use strengths strategically on projects.


Enable Strengths

Audience: People Leaders
Delivery options:
In-person or virtual workshop

Does your team need a framework to help them understand themselves better? CliftonStrengths is an excellent framework for you to map how your people fit in to your team. Instead of focusing just on deficiencies, CliftonStrengths helps you coach people to see their value and the value of others, so talents can be maximised and different working styles understood.

Key Outcomes
1. Leaders who can read and analyse their team’s strengths.
2. Leaders who appreciate the diversity of their team’s strengths.
3. Leaders who can recognise strengths when productive and unproductive.
4. Leaders who can manage strengths when they’re in the ‘basement’.
5. Leaders who can apply a strengths lens to workflow design.


Embed Strengths

Audience: Senior Leaders
Delivery options: In-person or virtual workshop

When you know an organisation’s strengths, you have a common language to talk to. You have a way to position people in ‘powerful partnerships’ and you can facilitate better feedback and coaching conversations. Using Gallup’s CliftonStrengths Finder and analysis tools, map your teams and start to transform your organisation.

Key Outcomes
1. Senior leaders who can analyse and map Clifton Strengths results.
2. Senior leaders who can facilitate conversations around CliftonStrengths.
3. Senior leaders who can help teams identify ‘powerful partnerships’.
4. Senior leaders who can coach and give feedback using a strengths lens.
5. Senior leaders who can help the organisation embed a CliftonStrengths culture.



Delivery Options

In Person Program

Virtual Program

Hybrid Program

Key Outcomes

1. Teams who understand their strengths

2. Teams who can use strengths productively

3. Teams who understand the strengths of others

4. Teams who can make ‘powerful partnerships’

5. A team that can achieve greater success through strengths

Key Inclusions

1. Access to Strengths survey

2. Personal insights report

3. Introductory module

4. Workshops

5. Application tools

Optional Inclusions

1. Individual Strengths coaching

2. Small group Strengths coaching

3. Access to Strengths videos

4. Access to Strengths cards

Target Audience


See Videos Featuring Each of the CliftonStrengths

Learn more about your CliftonStrengths and those of your team, so you can build greater self-awareness and powerful partnerships.

Speak to a CliftonStrengths coach

If you want to know more about a CliftonStrengths program, reach out and we’ll put you in touch with one of our CliftonStrengths coaches.

Our in-person delivery option maximises opportunities for robust conversation, experiential activities and intensive group work. This is no ‘death by PowerPoint’ experience – our facilitators are skilled in presenting and leading immersive experiences that get the most out of people. Supported by multimedia, attractive takeaway pages and practical strategies for using back on the job – this in-person approach is valuable for building strong bonds and bringing people together to collaborate.
Our virtual delivery option breathes fresh life into the online experience with its almost ‘radio show’ feel. Our expert facilitators use a combination of multimedia, questioning techniques and break out activities to target micro-skills – with a focus on application. Supported by an online platform hosting custom-built materials, participants can be assured of lively, dynamic sessions that have a distinct bias to action. Going virtual keeps program sessions succinct, sharp and focused on targeting particular skills in a dynamic way.
A hybrid model takes the best of in-person and virtual delivery options and blends them together, so there’s a healthy mix of face to face collaboration and targeted skill building. Depending on the program themes, we work with you to decide what is better suited to getting together in a training space versus what would sit comfortably in an online setting. This flexible combination allows you and your team to get the best of both worlds.
This audience includes team members who are developing skills to perform their role with greater capability. The skills are geared toward increasing personal and professional effectiveness and are transferable across different contexts – making them last as they move through their career development journey.