Dr Donald O Clifton

Dr Donald O Clifton

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Death 14 Sep 2003 (aged 79)
Burial Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 9269140 · View Source
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Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., was cited by the American Psychological Association as the Father of Strengths Psychology and the Grandfather of Positive Psychology. He was a chairman of Gallup, Inc., and he invented the Clifton StrengthsFinder, an assessment that has helped more than 1 million people around the world discover their talents. He coauthored several books, including the bestseller, Now, Discover Your Strengths.For 19 years, Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., was an instructor/professor of educational psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1950-1969). In 1969, he resigned his position and founded Selection Research, Inc., whichbecame a nationally recognized company in the fields of employee selection, management research, and survey research. In 1988, Selection Research, Inc. acquired The Gallup Organization.Although Gallup is best known for The Gallup Poll, it is now one of the world’s largest management consulting firms, with more than 40 offices in 20 countries. Gallup’s core expertise is in measuring and understanding human nature and behavior.Gallup leverages this knowledge to develop research-based measurement tools, development programs, and strategic advisory services that help organizations and individuals maximizetheir performance.In demand as a speaker and seminar leader, Dr. Clifton had many articles published in professional and trade journals, aswell as co-authoring Soar With Your Strength. His mission was to select and develop the right people for the right jobs and to “let people be heard” through surveys and opinion polls. Dr.Clifton served his community with participation on many local boards, including the YMCA, Father Flanagan’s Boys and Girls Town, the University of Nebraska Foundation, and Rotary International. In 2002, the American Psychological Associationpresented Clifton with its Presidential Commendation for lifetime contributions as “the father of strengths-based psychology andthe grandfather of positive psychology.”


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  • Maintained by: Karen Reiser
  • Originally Created by: Ron Buchinski
  • Added: 4 Aug 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9269140
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Donald O Clifton (5 Feb 1924–14 Sep 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9269140, citing Fairview Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Karen Reiser (contributor 48559408) .