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Strengths at the U

Building a Strengths-Based Campus

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is committed to student success. We are using a Strengths approach on our campus to enhance student engagement and well-being which leads to improved retention, graduation and life success.

By working with students as they focus on building their individual talents into Strengths, students can thrive and develop to their full potential in

  • academics
  • career
  • leadership
  • relationships
  • and engagement

This site is designed for University of Minnesota--Twin Cities students, staff, faculty, parents and guests to learn more about the Strengths at the U: Creating a Strengths-Based Undergraduate Experience Initiative, explore ways to get involved and provide resources for helping individuals develop and apply their talents.

Context

People who are especially talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past.  They understand the present by researching its history.

Futuristic

People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be.  They inspire others with their visions of the future.

Adaptability

People who are especially talented in the Adaptability theme prefer to "go with the flow".  They tend to be "now" people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.

Communication

People who are especially talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words.  They are good conversationalists and presenters.

Activator

People who are especially talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action.  They are often impatient

Achiever

People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and work hard.  They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive

Harmony

People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus.  They don't enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.

Input

People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more.  Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

Empathy

People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme can sense the feelings of other people by imagining themselves in others' lives or others' situations.

Individualization

People who are especially talented in the Individualization theme are intriged with the unique qualities of each person.  They have a gift for figuring out how people who are different can work together productively.

Developer

People who are especially talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others.  They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from these improvements.

Restorative

People who are especially talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems.  They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.

Maximizer

People who are especially talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence.  They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

Connectedness

People who are especially talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links between all things.  They believe there are few coincidences and almost every event has a reason.

Woo

People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over.  They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.

Discipline

People who are especially talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routine structure.  Their world is best described by the order they create.

Intellection

People who are especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity.  They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

Command

People who are especially talented in the Command theme have presence.  They can take control of a situation and make decisions.

Arranger

People who are especially talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have flexibility that complements this ability.  They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.

Learner

People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve.  In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

Deliberative

People who are especially talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices.  They anticipate the obstacles.

Relator

People who are especially talented in the Relator theme enjoy closer relationships with others.  They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.

Self-Assurance

People who are especially talented in the Self-Assurance theme feel confident in their ability to manage their own lives.  They possess an inner compass that gives them confidence that their decisions are right.

Consistency

People who are especially talented in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same.  They try to treat everyone in the world with consistency by setting up clear rules and adhering to them.

Belief

People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging.  Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.

Significance

People who are especially talented in the Significance theme want to be very important in the eyes of others.  They are independent and want to be recognized.

Responsibility

People who are especially talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do.  They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.

Ideation

People who are especially talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas.  They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.

Competition

People who are especially talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.

Positivity

People who are especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious.  They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

Analytical

People who are especially talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes.  They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation

Focus

People who are especially talented in the Focus theme can take direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track.  They prioritize, then act.

Strategic

People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed.  Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant pattern and issues.

Includer

People who are especially talented in the Includer theme are accepting of others.  They show awareness of those who feel left out, and make an effort to include them.

News and Updates

 Class off 2018

Over 5000+ incoming first-year students have already taken StrengthsFinder. If you have not yet taken StrengthsFinder, please click here to find out how to take it.

Incoming Fall 2014 Transfer Students-Taking StrengthsFinder (Twin Cities campus students only)

Click here to learn more about taking StrengthsFinder and to access your code. Your code will be sent to your University of Minnesota email account so make sure to check your account!

Over 2 million people have taken StrengthsFinder

Literally millions of people have taken the StrengthsFinder assessment and found how it can help them thrive in school, daily life, and their career. Haven't taken it yet? Find out how to here: http://www.strengths.umn.edu/taking-strengths-u

 Strengths and Engagement Coaching

Our Strengths & Engagement Coaches have meet with over 130 students in the first 7 weeks of school! Come find out what all the hype is about! You can with a Peer Strengths and Engagement Coach during drop-in hours Monday-Friday 11am-2pm in STSS 511or make an appointment by clicking here. Coaches will also be offering coaching in six Residence Halls and at the RecWell Center, find the full schedule here

Key Findings Report Now Available

Quantitative and qualitative data for this report was gathered from a number of student surveys administered between the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 academic year. This report serves as a snapshot of Strengths at the U and the ongoing assessment of its impact on undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota. Click here to download a copy.

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