Strengths Coaching Blog

Friday, April 18, 2014

Recap -- Called to Coach: Southeast Asia Edition

(April 13, 2014)

The last Called to Coach: Southeast Asia Edition featured Gallup Senior Consultant, Robyn Reilly.

Robyn discovered her strengths while working for one of Gallup’s clients in New Zealand, understanding for the first time why she did things a certain way. Whether at work or in her personal life, Robyn always finds herself trying to relate everything she does to her strengths. Strengths not only help her understand why she is doing something, they also help her figure out how she can accomplish tasks more efficiently and effectively.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Recap -- Theme Thursday: Self-Assurance
(April 10, 2014)

People with strong Self-Assurance talents can lead the way. Because they deeply trust their own instincts, they can forge ahead confidently, even on risky paths. They can instill confidence in others and show initiative in the midst of turbulence and uncertainty.

On the last Theme Thursday, Gallup Learning and Development Consultant Rod Karr joined Curt Liesveld to discuss what makes the Self-Assurance theme unique and how it can be applied to real-life situations.

Curt describes Self-Assurance as “an internal confidence to try, even though external uncertainty exists.” People with Self-Assurance have a unique ability to trust their own instincts. They often “go with their gut,” trusting their intuition with the confidence to know what is right.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Using Your Talents to Balance Work and Home

By Sarah Robinson, FRESH Concepts, Inc.

Balance is difficult to achieve since it’s influenced by many issues. Our strengths, our values, our current and future goals all impact how we gauge when we are in balance or losing our equilibrium. My top strengths include Competition, Maximizer, Achiever, Activator, and Significance, so it’s not surprising that I’m a hard worker who puts her all into everything she has on her to do list. Yes, I want to win, but that drive is fueled by my desire to be the best that I can be. As one of the first Gallup-Certified Strengths Coaches, I’ve relished recent opportunities to help organizations and individuals go from good to great. I’ve been able to flex my strengths in new ways that, in the past, I had only dreamed might be possible.

But, like most people, there have been times when I’ve felt overwhelmed and unsure if I can keep the many balls I’m juggling in the air. I wear many hats, including business owner, college professor, wife, mother of three children, community volunteer, daughter, sister, friend...the list goes on almost indefinitely. There have been too many days in my 46 years when I’ve worried that I am shortchanging someone or something.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Called to Coach Recap: Dr. Angela Robles
(April 4, 2014)

Last week on Called to Coach, we featured Dr. Angela Robles, founder of Forza Institute. Angela has developed her coaching practice to specialize in building sport teams around each individual’s strengths.

Growing up in a sports-oriented family and having played sports at a high level herself, Angela’s athletic experience helped her realize the power strengths could have within sport teams. Although she was constantly competing in sports, Angela doesn’t have the Competition theme in her top five. She became aware that it wasn’t the competition that drove her love for sports, it was the team environment and camaraderie that she was hooked on, which was ignited by her Woo theme.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bounce Back! Coaching Resilience Through Strengths

By Ian Pettigrew

I've met a number of people who would describe themselves as “burned out,” and even more people who've taken time off work due to stress or anxiety. It isn't a pleasant place to be, and a frightening response is often, "I didn't see it coming." I don't believe that is always true, so let’s highlight what can be done to avoid burnout.

I see resilience -- our own personal “bounce-back ability” -- as being a bit like a tennis ball. We will get squeezed by external pressure, but if we are resilient we bounce back to our former shape when the pressure is no longer there. A lack of resilience can be illustrated by a table tennis (or pingpong) ball that, in response to enough pressure, will change shape and stay crunched even once the source of pressure has been removed.

There are many things that we can do to develop and sustain our resilience, and these will be different for each person. They might include new healthy habits (whether physical, mental, or emotional), or things we need to address at home or work. Identifying these is an important step, but isn't very helpful unless we actually implement them and along with an awareness of strengths. This helps us tailor an individual plan that plays to strengths and is more likely to be implemented.

Friday, April 4, 2014

About My “Journey to the Moon”… I Decided to Take the Train!

By Connie Gildersleeve
This blog article is a follow-up to Putting a Man on the Moon: Confessions of a Beginning Strengths Coach, written by Connie before she attended a Gallup coaching course. In this article, Connie shares her thoughts after completing the course.

I did it! I buckled myself into my Chrysler Town & Country rocket ship and continued my journey toward becoming a strengths coach by driving to Omaha and attending the “Successful Strengths Coaching” class at Gallup University. As mentioned in my previous blog post, I had a bit of anxiety about whether I was properly prepared for my first coaching class. Truth is, everything you need is more than provided for, upon your arrival!

The atmosphere was much as I expected, a room full of positive energy from classmates waiting to dive right into the StrengthsFinder pool of knowledge! A variety of residents from other states and occupations were represented in this particular group, which I valued a great deal as we all shared “strengths” experiences from our own walks of life.