Gallup’s venerated assessment that helps you discover “Who am I?” and “How can I work better with my teammates?” CliftonStrengths has been taken by over 27M people around the world. It has been translated into 37 languages. Nothing is more powerful than a person knowing how they are uniquely wired and what they give to our world. This assessment changed our lives, the focus of Cultural Strategies, LLC, our mindsets, our relationships with family members, coworkers, friends, and finally, what we bring to our clients! Our world is turning Teal, one organization at a time.

True Story – Our Founder

Margaret Ricci

All my life I’ve been a misfit.

In my family, among my friends, in my workplaces. Nothing I did made sense to me or to the people in every sphere of my life. True, I knew a portion of who I was and everyone else knew another portion, but making sense of it all, together? Well, that was just too hard to understand.

It took a layoff from a beloved position due to an industry event to get me to pay attention to who I was.

I was adrift at age 61.

At this point in my life, I knew no one would hire me because I was already in my 60s. But more than that – who in the heck was I? Was I a Contracts Administrator – did I want to go back to that? I’d been writing and proofing contracts, negotiating with clients and consultants, and teaching other Contract Administrators for upwards of 30 years. I was good at it, but – did it really “call” to me? Was it something I would enjoy doing for the rest of my business career? Was I a Chief Operating Officer (COO) – I’d been doing this at the company who laid me off. I enjoyed many of the facets of being a COO, but it didn’t fill me up as much as I’d hoped.

After the layoff, I needed deep healing mostly from the situation and then from myself, not because of anything else. Being laid off these days and finding a new position is definitely something I wasn’t prepared for – people got positions in completely new ways that I knew nothing about. Networking, having informational interviews, having coffee meetings,  and learning how to navigate this new environment was something I hadn’t anticipated. I kept seeing this small book, “StrengthsFinder 2.0” show up on resource tables – I’d pick it up, read a bit, and then put it down, and never look at it again during a learning session…


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As you can tell, we’re rather passionate about finding our innate talents, of being our authentic selves, and of giving our own goodness to the companies we work in and the world we live in.

You don’t have to change who you are, but you can be MORE of who you are – incrementally more, we learn how to give more of our goodness to a world that desperately needs what we have to offer. We can change our world – one person at a time; one organization at a time. Life is too short not to be who you were created to be – live inside the goodness that you give to humanity. Humanity will thank you and give you back, oh so much more than you think you can stand!

Let us help you explore the goodness of you.

Let us help you explore your organizations and teams – we thrive on that! And it is one of the only ways we can make lasting change complete inside our organizations. By helping ourselves and others own what is good, accelerating ourselves to work with others in unison, by giving exactly what we’ve been created to give in the first place.

Let’s talk further about this  – there’s too much to tell inside a webpage!