Strengths Coaching Blog

Thursday, July 28, 2016

[Recap] Enhancing the Harley-Davidson Mission

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Prabha Karhana.

Prabha Karhana is the HR Business Partner for Harley-Davidson in India. Harley Davidson has three concepts they focus on with their employees: knowing, believing and growing. They use CliftonStrengths to enhance those concepts and to help their employees become more aware of what they do best. They have found that the more insightful their employees are about their individual strengths and the strengths of their team members, the more engaged they are in their jobs. They have also seen that the more engaged their employees are, the more engaged customers they create. As a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Prabha is able to teach teams how to function better together and help employees to become better versions of themselves. 

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Prabha Karhana is the HR Business Partner at Harley-Davidson India. She has well-rounded experience in Human Resource Practice across sectors like FMCG, IT Services, Engineering and Automotive. This experience is diverse not only in terms the core area of business but more importantly varied in terms of size of operations, internal work organization and related priorities. Her experience covers working in all spheres of HR practice and includes Business Hiring, Driving Organizational Effectiveness, Talent Acquisition and Retention, Change Management, Compensation & Benefits and coaching. Her role also involve working in environments  under matrix structures and handling multinational cultural sensitivities where strength-based coaching experience serves as an added advantage. 

Prabha's Top 5 Strengths are: Strategic, Maximizer, Relator, Achiever and Responsibility

Friday, July 22, 2016

[Recap] Spreading Strengths in the Philippines

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Alex Araneta.

Alex Aranav is a pioneer in bringing strengths to the Philippines. When starting out, Alex immediately realized the need to differentiate CliftonStrengths from other assessments in the market, so he did keynote presentations and strengths sessions wherever people would listen. He found three other certified coaches in the Philippines to help with his mission and they formed a group to create a stronger strategy for spreading the word about strengths and coaching.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

[Recap] Coaching vs. Counseling -- What's the Difference?

On a recent Called to Coach, we spoke with Gallup's Well-Being Subject Matter Expert, Jade Wood.

On today’s Called to Coach, Jade Wood, a licensed psychotherapist and a Gallup Subject Matter Expert, and Jim, discuss the difference between coaching and therapy or counseling. What are the differences between coaching and counseling? And what unites the two? While there is a great overlap in the purpose of coaching and counseling, such as improving a person’s quality of life and creating self-awareness, the ways in which the counselor is used during sessions is very different. A counselor is there to help someone work through old wounds or trauma. Their role can shift during treatment as the patient works out what happened to them. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

[Intellection S2] Thinking Deeply About the World

On this Theme Thursday Season Two webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Gallup Advanced Learning and Development Consultant discussed the theme of Intellection.

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People exceptionally talented in the Intellectual theme enjoy intellectual activity, being introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions. Intellection is boundless, infinite and deep. Intellection is about boundless capacity for consideration and enhanced awareness. Intellection loves the process of thinking and considers ideas for 360 degrees. Intellection finds things that would otherwise be missed. Intellection can sometimes be misunderstood as intelligence -- it is not the same thing. It is the capacity to think and consider, and sometimes arrive at wisdom and clarity as a result. The power and edge of Intellection is its particular genius for processing ideas. It is a sounding board for others to solve their problems or enhance the quality of their work.  

Raw Intellection can be closed and private and it says, "it's me and my thoughts." Intellection loves to be alone with its thoughts. Mature Intellection is open and starts the prelude to a great conversation. Mature Intellection says, 'I have been alone with my thoughts and here is what they are." However, according to Maika, Intellection "...doesn't have to be the wise sage on the hill sharing ideas, rather it is a very intentional specialty and provides a depth of understanding." Raw Intellection can be critical, while mature Intellection is collaborative. 

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

[GWSW] Learner: A Natural Curiosity and Love of Learning

People with strong Learner talents not only love to learn, but they also intuitively know how they learn best. They can learn quickly, and when focused, they can keep a group, team and organization on the cutting edge. Those with high Learner have a natural curiosity and enjoyment of the learning experience that leads to ever-evolving paradigms and ever-evolving perspectives. Much like a runner getting a high from a long run, people with strong Learner talent tend to experience a similar emotional boost when presented with the opportunity to learn something new. That those with Learner enjoy the process of learning, while those with Input are more attracted to the tangible aspects of learning, such as books and specific subject matter.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

[Input S2] A Tangible Tool to Help Others

On this Theme Thursday Season Two webcast, Jim Collison, Gallup's Director of Talent Sourcing, and Maika Leibbrandt, Gallup Advanced Learning and Development Consultant discussed the theme of Input.

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People strong in Input have a craving to know more. They collect and archive all kinds of information. Input is a relevant and tangible tool that can help others. It’s not just collecting, but collecting in order to use the information for yourself or other people when it’s needed in the future. It may not be instantly useful, but could be down the road. People say Learner and Input sound alike. But, Learner is grabbing information to get mastery and then possibly forgetting later, while Input will collect ideas and information for future purpose.