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Insight Inventory with Strength Finders 2.0Bridging Assessments

INSIGHT Inventory®
StrengthsFinder 2.0®

1 + 1 > 2

Use two positive personality assessments together and achieve triple the training results.

Patrick Handley quote on Insight Inventory and Strengths Finder 2.0The Gallup StrengthsFinder® and INSIGHT Inventory® are distinctly different instruments. The INSIGHT Inventory focuses on HOW a person’s behavior comes across to others and StrengthsFinder focuses on WHY it occurs. They provide an immense amount of unique information and are very powerful when used together.

Pairing the INSIGHT Inventory® and StrenghtsFinder® can help people:

Learn the benefits of bridging the INSIGHT Inventory and StrengthsFinder 2.0

Insight Inventory and Strengths Finder 2.0 part 2

StrengthsFinder and INSIGHT Inventory share several key assets.

Both are:

  • positive and strengths focused
  • backed by solid research
  • rooted in positive psychology
  • easy to use and apply


  • identify the best in people
  • amplify strengths and minimize weaknesses
  • help people to be less judgmental of others
  • engage users in finding success pathways

Differences that make their pairing beneficial

Comparing the Insight Inventory and Strengths Finder 2.0

Using the INSIGHT Inventory and StrengthsFinder 2.0 together

Insight Inventory and Strengths Finder 2.0 part 2

Leadership Development or Team Building Outline

  • Introduce power of understanding oneself and others
    • How personality assessments are similar and different
    • Power of using complementary assessments
  • Overview of INSIGHT Inventory and StrengthsFinder 2.0
  • In-depth presentation of INSIGHT Inventory results
  • In-depth review of StrengthsFinder results
  • Linking StrengthsFinder themes with INSIGHT Inventory traits
  • Examples
  • Identifying your own combination
    • What people should know about you
    • How you’ll tend to walk and talk
    • What you just can’t compromise on
  • Predicting behavior and accepting unexpected deviations


The INSIGHT Inventory was developed by Dr. Patrick Handley in 1988 and StengthsFinder 1.0 was published in 1998 by Dr. Don Clifton and Tom Rath. Both instruments have been revised and updated, StrenthsFinder 2.0 in 2006 and INSIGHT Inventory in 2012.

Both the StrengthsFinder and INSIGHT Inventory and were heavily influenced by the field positive psychology and in particular the writings of Dr. Don Clifton. Although different in their core structure, both assessments build on peoples’ assets, what is positive and working “right.” StrengthsFinder focuses on 34 personality/value themes and INSIGHT Inventory reveals the user’s intensity on four personality traits and how different environments bring out various strengths.

Shared Link with Dr. Donald Clifton

Tom Rath, a grandson of Don Clifton, and had the good fortune of working directly with Dr. Clifton at Gallup in his final and legacy years in the mid 1990’s and until Dr. Clifton’s passing in 2003. Tom, and excellent writer in his own right, was instrumental translating Dr. Clifton’s lifetime of work into books and assessments which they co-authored together. These materials, most notably, How Full is your Bucket, Your Strengths Now, StrengthsFinder 1.0,  have made the pioneering work of Dr. Clifton accessible to people and organizations.

Dr. Handley finished his doctorate in personality assessment in 1980 and while visiting colleagues at the University of Nebraska in 1981, he attended a short presentation by Dr. Clifton, then director of SRI (Selection Research Inc.). That memorable talk in which Dr. Clifton emphasized the wrong-mindedness of testing for personality dysfunction and weaknesses spurred Dr. Handley to continue working on a positive easy-to-use assessment of personality strengths that he had envisioned. The link was immediate because Dr. Handley had also been heavily influenced by a similar philosophy of strengths focused career development espoused by Dr. Joseph Johnston (his Ph.D. advisor) and Dr. Norm Gyspers at the University of Missouri. From this background the INSIGHT Inventory was born. Although it was developed separately from the work at SRA and Gallup the two assessments, the INSIGHT Inventory and StrengthsFinder, are both a credit to the inspiring message of positive psychology that Dr. Clifton strived throughout his life to convey to the academic and business worlds.

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