What is StrengthsQuest?
StrengthsQuest is the creation of the Gallup Organization and offers an asset based philosophy based on four decades of research. StrengthsQuest gives people the opportunity to develop strengths by building on their greatest talents — the way in which they most naturally think, feel, and behave as unique individuals. We believe that though our strengths we can achieve our greatest successes and experience a deeper engagement and fulfillment from our work as educators. Through staff development we hope to help every individual more fully understand their own talents and how each of those may be utilized in your professional role and personal life.
How do we use it?
As educators we hope to help our students realize the power of their Strengths. We believe that each student comes to us with the abilities to succeed in college and that by facilitating the development of our student’s naturally occurring talents we might help each student to believe in the great many possibilities for their future. Our academic intervention program for students who are not making satisfactory academic progress to designed as a Strengths-based program that will assist students in learning to leverage their talents in the learning environment. We also promote the use of StrengthsQuest in the classroom and have run a number of pilots in College Seminar, English Composition, Introduction to Psychology in both learning communities and stand-alone sections. The student StrengthsQuest website has additional information.
How can I take it?
As a member of the faculty or staff at Mohawk Valley Community College you may take the StrengthsFinder assessment to begin exploring your talents. Once you complete the assessment you will have access to a customized report that details your top five themes of talent as well as actionable development items that will help you explore each of your themes. If you are interested in learning more about StrengthsQuest, you may contact Jim Maio at 792-5326 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also regularly hold trainings about using strengths in your own work and also how to use it with students, so be looking for those opportunities in upcoming institutes.